Suitsupply Made-to-Measure Program: Styling & Personalization (Part 2 of 3)

  • May 6, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

Last time, we talked about fabric selection and the initial fitting of Suitsupply’s made-to-measure “Suit Up” line.  This time I will break down the various styling and personalization options available with this service.

After the measurements were entered into the system, I sat down with Clinton and began reviewing the seemingly endless list of available options.

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Jacket:

  • Full Canvas
  • Double side vents, middle vent or no vent
  • Lapel size: Narrow (2.75″), Regular (3.5″)  or Wide (4″)
  • Lapel type: Peak, Notch or Shawl
  • Button: 1 button, 2 button, 3 button, 3/2 roll or double breasted
  • Number of sleeve buttons: Three, Four or Five
  • Pockets: Jet, flap or patch pockets
  • Pockets: Jet or flat can be straight or slanted (hacking)
  • Optional ticket pocket in straight or hacking
  • You can also choose pocket size.  I didn’t really ask about the different sizes though and just went with the default size.
  • Pick Stitching: The stitching along the jacket in 2mm or 6mm. I believe there was an option for no stitching as well.
  • Shoulder: Soft, traditional, roped or Neapolitan.

These are the options I can immediately remember off the top of my head, but as you can see there are plenty of options to choose from.

Pants:

  • Waist: Belt loops or side tabs
  • Suspender buttons or none
  • Zipper or button fly
  • Flat front, single pleat or double pleats
  • Pockets: Seam, slanted or frog mouth
  • Cuff or no cuff; as well as the size of the cuff
  • Length of the pant but that’s a given.

As far as pants go, there are really only so many options you can expect to have.

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Customization

The option to customize your suit is what makes made-to-measure really fun.  It gives you the chance to make the suit truly yours and yours alone.

The first thing we picked was buttons for the suit.  In the featured image you can see the different styles.  I recommend comparing the buttons and your fabric side by side to get a good idea of how it will look on the finished product.

Suitsupply_119 Suitsupply_120The next step is picking the lining of your jacket.  Suitsupply gives you about 50 options which include solids, florals and other various patterns.  Honestly, I’m glad that I am able to choose my own because I don’t really like the red lining that they use on the Suit Up line ($999 suits).Suitsupply_118

Following the inside lining, you are able to pick the lining behind the collar.  Just like the buttons, I highly recommend you put the linings next to the fabric you chose as well.  You have about 15 different color options as well as the choice between felt or suede, which was described to me as supersuede.

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Now on to the monogramming.  Behind the collar you are allotted eight characters and Clinton recommended going with something really personal and fun since no one ever sees it unless you want them to.

You are allotted 14 characters on the inside of the jacket so I decided to keep it nice and simple, “Timothy Nguyen.”Suitsupply_117

Conclusion

The final total for the suit came out to be $956. How it works is you pick out a fabric (I chose a $899 fabric) and the price of the fabric includes customization options and any final tailoring.  I was expecting to pay over $1000 but they don’t charge extra for anything. The lead time is anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks with the maximum delivery time no longer than 6 weeks.  I don’t need the suit till the very end of May, so that was perfectly fine with me.  Overall, purchasing a made-to-measure suit is a great experience and I cannot wait to see the final product.

I also ordered a MTM shirt and if you would like a review of that, let me know in the comments below.  I might considering writing one up if there is enough interest.

UPDATE: The suit should be coming in on Friday, May 9, 2014 which would make it 5 weeks since I placed the order.

UPDATE 2: Went and saw the suit on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Minor alternations needed to be done. The suit will be ready for pickup on Friday.

I hope you enjoyed what you have read so far and please check back soon for the third and final installment:

Part 1: Fabrics & Fitting

Part 3: The Final Fitting & Review 

Special thanks to: Clinton, Made-to-measure specialist of Suitsupply Houston.

Photos courtesy of: Levi Lemaster – http://instagram.com/le_master

 


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  • 956 is quite the steal. My first RTW collection, I was charging $2495 unless you gifted through Paypal.

  • Maxim Harper

    A more detailed breakdown of the price would be great

    • Sure. Suit and fitting = 956.

    • I just updated the post. It is a little bit more clear about the pricing now. How it works is you pick the fabric and all of the tailoring and customization is included in the price of the fabric you chose.

  • contestant

    a review of the MTM shirt would be appreciated!

    • I will have photos taken and a write up for it when i pick up my suit 😉

  • Mitch McDonald

    I think I would have a hard time making all the choices. Less than $1000 is actually a very fair price for the quality you are getting.

    • I agree. It’s really hard to get all the options you want plus great service for really cheap nowadays.

  • Ryan

    Hello Timothy, I would be interested in a review about the MTM shirt quality from Suit Supply.

    • Hello. I have that coming up very soon. Are you in need of it urgently?

      • Ryan

        Not of utmost urgency, but Suit Supply Toronto is opening their MTM in 1.5–2 weeks. I’m just trying to plan my visit in advance.

        I just hope that Toronto will be able to match the service you experienced at Suit Supply Houston.

        • Ahh well i’ll tell you this to get you going. The $199 fabrics are nice but in my personal opinion its not worth the price tag. I would stick with the base line shirts which start at $149. There are so many MTM shirt makers out there so you really only need 1 from somewhere then you can take the measurements from that shirt and order elsewhere.

          Let them know that it was my site that sent you to suitsupply though 🙂

          • Ryan

            Thanks for the advice and I’ll give a shoutout to your site when I do end up there.