Built on vision, collaboration and craftsmanship, and grounded in centuries of practice, bespoke is truly the haute couture of suits. What emerged between the 12th and 14th Century Europe and was immortalized on Savile Row in the early 1700s, has become the benchmark for outstanding style and service.
Bespoke is individual and distinctive. The garments created are not selected off of a menu of elements, but are tailored to a client’s sensibility. And unlike made-to-measure, the process is overseen step-by-step by the design team, providing guidance at every stage. Keeping the creative tight and controlled — and at Sydney’s, in Canada by master tailors — is key to an exceptional end result.
For each client, a unique pattern is created, built to the client’s exact measurements and preferences, and fabrics are selected through consultation and collaboration to meet individual requirements. There are no limits to customization and at Sydney's, the approach to each bespoke suit is unique — for example, lapel and shoulder widths are selected per client's proportion (a smaller head warrants a smaller lapel, a larger head, a larger lapel) versus the myth that a wider lapel is suitable for all body types. Ultimately a bespoke tailor is seeking balance and harmony in the garment with clients proportions.
Multiple fittings, at least 5, are required throughout the process to ensure the perfect fit, and after 6,000 hand-stitches and 60 hours of work, the end result is like no other garment — full horse hair canvas for a long-lasting garment, cotton shoulder pads and sleeve heads, and hand-bound button holes to illustrate the attention to detail and level of expertise in each hand-crafted bespoke piece.
In an industry rife with buzzwords, and often charlatans, it's important to avoid tricksters who use the language and don't deliver the goods. Watch out for:
- garments made overseas
- a menu of options versus full-customization
- limited fittings
The team at Sydney’s works closely and collaboratively with all clients to make sure their expectations are met and their vision comes to life.