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GVS guide on how to buy a bespoke suit

Style over the years on how to buy a bespoke suit

January edition –  Why purchase a bespoke suit from another era?

  • Know how the suit is made and where it’s made – Our suits and shoes are manufactured in Korea, with tailors and cobblers that have experience of over 50 years
  • Understand the “house cut” – Every bespoke shop has their own opinion on how a suit should be cut to best flatter a man’s body. Thankfully at GVS with our new custom suit tool we allow YOU to choose how to best cut your suit, how loose, or tight fitting your bespoke suit is, can now be chosen by you. So whilst Buying a bespoke suit make sure you know how you want it to fit, if you are unsure simply consult a GVS consultant.
  • Get a stable body shape before ordering – a bespoke suit is an investment and you don’t want to outgrow it in a few months so get in shape and commit to this figure for the long term.
  • Avoid trends like the plague  – Whilst Buying a bespoke suit you want your new investment to last 5-10 years (depending on how much you wear out and maintain your clothing), so avoid anything “of the moment”. This is where the thought behind the fashion archives comes in. Pick out a style you like, feel free to browse the fashion archives and if you find something YOU like the look of, you will wear it better than something that someone else talks you into. If you believe it is a good fit, you will most likely wear it with more confidence than something a sales assistant chooses for you. If confused, go for black, navy, brown or grey – these are colours of suits you should own anyway.

  • Don’t get caught up in the thread count – Some people think the higher the thread count is, the finer the cloth. This isn’t necessarily true. The number only represents the fibers spun into the cloth and the fineness of the fibers. It doesn’t connect directly with durability, the rule of thumb is that a higher thread count usually is good for a suit you’re wearing in the summer whereas a lower thread count for the winter.
  • How much does it cost? – Put simply – how much do you want to pay? Good tailoring is an art form and it has taken years of training to get the best cutters and tailors to where they are today. Having the best will cost you though, and you should expect to pay anywhere upwards of £2,000 ($4000) for a bespoke Savile Row suit. Therefore GVS fully bespoke suits at 500$ are a bargain.
  • Have realistic expectations – If you don’t look like David Gandy, a new suit most likely wont make you look like Gandy.
  • Take care of your investments – if unsure contact GVS after ordering and inquire about aftercare. (there will be a post on bespoke suits aftercare to follow early February).

Please post any questions in the comments and we would love to hear what you think on the tips and tricks of buying a bespoke suit. 50’s fashion to follow.

Signing off

Akshay Badiani

Personal Stylist and Fashion Blogger

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