While this past week’s Sean John Dark Taupe Stripe Suit was truly stunning, SuitUpp was selling it for only $295. Even though the value of the suit was above $600, it didn’t even begin to challenge some of the truly expensive suits out there. So the question is, how expensive can a suit really get and how are those prices justified? In this post, we’ll guide you through a world of extravegance and high fashion.
If you’ve ever shopped in and around Madison Avenue in New York, you may have stopped over at Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana. Going straight to the most expensive product that they have, prices typically hover in the $2,000-$2,500 range. To get a made-to-measure suit, they may charge you up to an additional $1,000. Why not though? If you’re going for the best, it does have to fit perfectly. Is that all though? $3,500? You guessed it, the answer is a big No.
What you have to consider is that what you’ll likely purchase at your traditional NYC store is a made to measure suit and not a bespoke suit. Bespoke is a term not used so much in North America. It essentially means an item custom-made to the buyer’s specification. Made-to-measure typically means that the pattern is already there and the suit is simply being fitted to the buyer, whereas, a bespoke suit doesn’t come with a prior pattern. The term bespoke is analogous to the more familiar haute couture term in women’s fashion. The famous New York Designer Craig Robinson defines the difference between the two as “tradition and personality versus conformity and convention.” The Savile Row Bespoke Association in London is responsible for defining the standards for bespoke clothing and protecting its name for the large part. Savile Row is a street in London famous for its bespoke tailoring.
In the bespoke category, you’ll have to visit the likes of William Fioravanti, Milan’s Caraceni, Kiton, Oxxford, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Savile Row’s H. Huntsman and Anderson & Sheppard. So, how expensive can these suits get? The most expensive one we were able to find was a Kiton suit that ranged from $6,000 all the way up to $30,000. At the high end, you’d get the pleasure of having Kiton’s master Taylor fly over to take your measurements. Wow.
So what makes a suit so expensive in the first place? Service, brandname, workmanship, and most importantly Fabric. If your suit is made of Super 220 Merino Wool, it might cost the taylor $5,000 dollars to purchase the fabric. So there you have it, fabric matters.
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