5 Men's Clothing Brands Committed To Providing A Perfect Fit
Whether one is always stuck between two sizes at off-the-rack stores, or simply wants the quality stitch of a hand-tailored garment that is meant to last a lifetime, bespoke and made-to-measure clothing can be the cornerstone on which a man's entire wardrobe is constructed. Here, in no particular order, are some tailors and clothiers providing a personalized fit for all types of garments.
Starting off the list at #1, Casely-Hayford prepares bespoke business suits, dinner jackets, wedding attire, morning dress, and black tie, as well as special pieces that combine the designer's runway selection with custom detailing. The company constructs each piece with a fully floating canvas that runs underneath the external layer of the suit. This canvassing acts like a "second skin" that allows the ensemble to mold to the body, giving it structure, shape, drape and form.
The process begins with an initial consultation at the Chiltern Street store in London to discuss individual style, fit, and fabric. Once final measurements are taken, the template is used to cut and hand sew the fabric to prepare a rough silhouette, which is reworked and perfected through a series of fittings. The bespoke process is completed by an expert presser who meticulously molds and shapes the garment into its final form. Casely-Hayford has outfitted several fashionable celebrities, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Cillian Murphy, and John Legend.
At #2 is Oboz Footwear. Established in 2007, this Montana manufacturer claims to have been inspired by the outdoors to build footwear with a fit, feel, and performance designed for an active, rugged lifestyle. Its slogan, "True to the Trail," refers not only to its shoes, but the manufacturer's environmental initiatives as well, as the company plants a tree for every pair sold. Oboz's line includes waterproof hiking boots, casual shoes, and even sandals.
Each pair features the signature O FIT Insole, which improves stability with a supportive arch and a deep cushioning heel cup. A personalized shoe finder application helps customers determine the right pair based on a number of qualifications, like terrain, material, and foot width.
Coming in at #3 is Harvie and Hudson. Thomas Harvie and George Hudson opened their flagship store in 1949 on Jermyn Street in London. The company is in its third generation of the two families, and continues to design bespoke collared shirts using exclusive cloth patterns, with a high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. The clothier also offers suits, jackets, trousers, waistcoats, and jumpers.
Harvie and Hudson's personalized services include made-to-measure shirts, tailored suits, and completely unique bespoke items. In-store consultants guide customers through styling, fabric, trim details, and measurements. One may choose everything from the shape of the collar to the color of the button thread.
At #4, Cad & The Dandy was founded by Ian Meiers and James Sleater, who met through family connections in the couturier business. Since 2008, the partners' Savile Row tailoring house has made garments for celebrities and members of the Royal Family. Each customized item combines intricate handwork with a modern, sleek silhouette. Suits are constructed with full linen and horse hair canvasses, intermediate toile fittings and detailed finishing.
Cad & The Dandy offers personalized business suits, wedding ensembles, formalwear, tweed country attire, shirts, and overcoats. With an extensive range of fabric at hand, the company's team of expert tailors work closely with clients throughout the process to craft well-fitting clothing for all tastes and requirements.
Lastly, at #5 is Citizen Wolf. This Australian company states that it was built on the idea that the clothes one wears every day "can and should be custom made." Specializing in T-shirts, V-necks, turtlenecks, and mocks, Citizen Wolf uses algorithms to predict measurements for each piece with its specially-designed Magic Fit application. The company claims that by using three biometric data points: height, weight, and date of birth, the statistical model can calculate a fit with 94% accuracy.
Citizen Wolf employs a sustainable model throughout production. Most fabrics are knitted locally in Melbourne, while every T-shirt is cut and sewn at the Sydney factory, which is committed to providing staff with fair wages. Only organic, biodegradable textiles are used, like cotton, cruelty-free merino wool, and hemp. Finally, all scraps and cuttings are repurposed for the clothier's hand crafted Zero Waste Tote bag.