|Suit Only Yourself|
December 3, 2008
Today: Savile Row: Toronto Edition; Warning: a raunchy comedian
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An ill-fitting suit is all but worthless, so splurge on tailoring, or, really splurge and go bespoke. A custom handmade suit is an investment of both money – think mid-four-figures – and time; be prepared for meetings to discuss fabrics, linings, lapels and more. But nothing will ever look better. Herewith, the finest places to commission the perfect suit.
Walter Beauchamp Tailors
Clients of this 100-year-old family business, which range from 20-something i-bankers to execs like RBC prez Gordon Nixon, meet with master tailor Alfonso Prezioso to choose from thousands of Europeans fabrics. 145 Wellington Street West, (416) 595-5454
Maxwell’s Clothiers Ltd.
This Hong Kong tailor visits the GTA regularly, sending measurements back to China. Suits are a bargain ($475 – $600) but you’ll have to wait about 10 weeks to receive your order. Sheraton City Centre Hotel, 123 Queen St. W.
This mobile tailor makes house calls, sending your measurement info to an overseas tailor who stitches the custom garments. Clever use of cheap labour keeps prices (relatively) low. By appointment, (647) 895-1254
Harry’s exclusive new bespoke lounge, flooded with natural light, is worth the trip alone. Choose from house-brand fabrics or exclusives like Record Bale wool ($30,000). 82 Bloor St. W., (416) 972-0556.
Honourable mention goes to Joa Cavalcanti, the made-to-measure specialist who does such a fine job altering standard-sized patterns that his products easily pass for bespoke. Complimentary scotch means that hour-long sessions fly by. 489 King St. W., (416) 260-9696.