What is the difference between made-to-measure and bespoke? Lately both terms are starting to be used interchangeably, but they are very different. Yes, both made-to-measure and bespoke suits are custom made from scratch, but there are some very important differences in how "custom" each custom suit really is.
A made-to-measure custom suit is created using a pre-existing suit pattern. This suit pattern is resized using your measurements as a guide, but not reshaped. All the curves and angles are predetermined by the pattern rather than conforming to your specific body geometry. After the pattern is resized, the custom suit is constructed to completion. If any adjustments are needed the suit will need to be taken apart and altered.
The benefit to a made-to-measure custom suit is that you are still able to choose all the details, style, and options of how the custom suit will look. The major drawback is that the custom suit pattern was not created for you, it was only resized. Made-to-measure custom suits typically will only get you part way there when it comes to the correct fit.
When people say, “They don’t make things like they used to…” they are talking about bespoke custom suits. Your measurements and all the curves and angles of your body geometry are used to create your bespoke custom suit pattern. A rough cut of the suit is assembled and multiple fittings are performed as the suit is being constructed. This allows the tailor to account for every unique detail and asymmetry of the body. Everything about a bespoke suit is created from scratch resulting in a much sturdier construction and better fit.
Ultimately a custom suit that is made bespoke is the way to go if you're looking for superior craftsmanship and a lifetime of quality. We never cut corners at Hudson Custom Suits and all of our suits are made bespoke.
Reach out to us if you are interested in learning more about what we do or would like to set up a fitting.