Top 5 Places to Buy Custom Suits Online
Posted on 16 June 2018
The beauty of shopping online for a suit is the large selection of fabrics, colors, and patterns that is offered.
How many times have you seen someone wearing a suit online that you absolutely love, so you research the web like a mad man telling yourself:
"I will find you, and I will wear you".
Except, unlike Liam Neelson, you don't find it.
I know. The struggle is real.
The good news is that I've had some success replicating some suits using the custom suit websites I will mention a little later.
If you've never ordered a custom aka made-to-measure (MTM) suit online before, the process goes a little something like this:
First, you select the fabric.
This is probably my favorite part of the process. There is just something about fabrics that turns me on. Wool, linen, seersucker, cotton, tweed, velvet, corduroy, make your pick!
The second part of the process is customizing the jacket.
Here you can choose single-breasted or double breasted. There is also mandarin, if you're into that.
The fit can be slim or regular.
You like peak lapels? You can go ahead and add those. If not, you can choose the popular notch lapel or formal shawl lapel.
Choose between a single-vent or double-vent and customize the pockets and sleeve buttons.
Boom! Jacket done.
Now on to the trousers.
You can customize the fit: regular or slim.
Would you like pleats? Sure!
Select your preferred fastening: Button or no-button. Centered or not.
And customize the side and back pockets and add cuffs if you like.
Then you add the final touches.
Now you're probably asking yourself, how do they know my size?
Well, with most custom suit shops, you need to make a profile on their website where you enter your measurements. So get your lovely wife, mom, sister, or extremely nice brother or friend to take your measurements and fill out your profile.
You can also get fitted in store if you have a custom suit shop in your area.
Excited to create your own suit?
Without further delay, here are the top 5 places to buy custom suits online:
Hockerty is a Swiss custom menswear brand founded in 2008. What is great about Hockerty is that they have a huge selection of fabrics and patterns and their prices are easy on the wallet. Screenshots from their website were used in this post to demonstrate the customization process. Check them out here.
Blacklapel is based out of New York City and was founded in 2012. They're known for their many customization options and attention to detail. Some say their suits are the best fitting compared to other made-to-measure shops. Go ahead and try creating a suit here.
Indochino is a Canadian brand started by two entrepreneurial students at the University of Victoria. With great success, they have grown their business into one of the largest online retailers of custom suits. Browse their website here.
Surmesur is a Quebec-City based custom menswear brand established in 2010. They have locations in both Canada and the U.S. where you can get fitted either traditionally or with a full-body scanner. Viisit their website here and see if they have a store in your city.
Suitsupply is an internationally known menswear brand founded in 2000 in Amsterdam. Being well established, they have gained an excellent reputation and have become a popular choice for suits. They do a great job supplying the demand. Check them out here.