Before even making my choice of fabric, the first thing I wanted to do was see exactly how detailed I could get with the jacket, so I spent a few minutes clicking through the various options that the 3D tool offered and I very quickly realized that I could pretty much do anything I wanted. And I did.
From design to delivery, I approximate it took about six weeks for the jacket to arrive which I consider good time. I was also quite pleased with the fit and would recommend anyone using an online MTM service get measured by a good tailor, emphasis on good. Afterall, designing a beautiful jacket is pointless if your measurements are off.
In the spirit of keeping things light, I paired the jacket with some chambray pants which quite frankly need a visit to the tailor for some tapering. I'm looking forward to wearing the heck out of this this jacket.
So a while back, I linked up with Daniel and Lade Bespoke Atelier, a company out of the United Kingdom offering both in person and online made-to-measure and bespoke suits, shirts and shoes. My initial coversation with Daniel Orija, led to an opportunity to take their 3D design tool for a spin and I ended up with one of a kind pair of suede tassel loafers. Needless to say, when I was offered a chance to see what it could do with designing a jacket, I jumped at it.
In a world that is rapidly becoming filled with online options for made-to-measure menswear, and having sampled a few of the offerings, I have to say that a 3D tool that allows you to zoom in and see the little details of your design such as the buttons or rotate it to get an idea of the shoulder line from the back is a definite advantage over a lot of the other options available out there.
As intrigued as I was by the concept, I found that having a solid idea of what I wanted was quite helpful as Daniel and Lade has access to over 5,000 fabrics from some of the best mills in the world.
I rolled with a partially lined jacket (wanted something that could really do some service this summer) with a pink paisley lining and was rather pleased at the fact that the time was taken to line up the pattern on the slits in the inside pocket, functioning button holes with contrast stitching and double vents in the back.
"Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out" - James Bryant Conant. This blog is documentation of my journey, sticking my neck out to pursue my passion for men's style and tailoring. - Wale