If you have followed the blog for some time, you may have observed a slight shift in my overall aesthetic. While I have always advocated balance in building a wardrobe, I have truly started taking the mantra of " buy less, buy better" to heart. So while I don't buy as much as I used to, the items I do pick up now are at a higher price point than used to be the case. Here is where Tailor4Less comes in and my next statement will be important to keep in mind as you read through some of the details of this review. Tailor4Less offers the ability to create fully customizable garments at an affordable price. In the spirit of full disclosure and to drive home the point about affordability in relation to customization, had I paid for this unstructured suit with a double-breasted vest, colored functional button holes, a ticket pocket, embroidered name, pen pocket and a hidden card/cash slot in the waistband of the trousers? It would have cost me $415.85. Yes, you read that right. 416 bucks. There are mass-produced, off the rack jackets at Macy's that cost more than that. Tailor4Less promises delivery of your order within two weeks. I believe this suit arrived with a couple of days to spare.
Read on for my thoughts on the process and finished product...
I started A Curated Man a little over two years ago to document and share the bits and pieces of knowledge I picked up as I decided to spend some time truly learning about the dynamics of dressing well and developing a sense of style based on an understanding and appreciation of those dynamics.
As time has passed, I have developed a much deeper understanding of tailored clothing and suiting in particular. I have come to understand what to expect when one chooses between made to order, made to measure and bespoke. Now included in that mix are the various brands and companies offering custom or made to measure clothing through an online only format. I had my first experience about a year ago using an online configurator to design a jacket and a pair of shoes and hadn't really considered this option ever since. Mainly because I generally like to see, touch and try on garments whenever possible.
However, when Tailor4Less reached out to see if I would be interested in creating a garment using their 3D visualizer, I said yes. I was curious to see how far the software had come and how the various options offered translated into a finished product.
I really enjoyed playing around with the 3D visualizer. According to Tailor4Less, they offer about 1,500 options when it comes to customizing your order. They also offer a pretty broad range of choices for fabrics with the ability to filter by composition, tonality, texture and season. I selected a year round red and navy windowpane fabric called the Norham composed of 80% wool and 20% terylene. Terylene is a form of polyester usually added to give a fabric some durability. In retrospect I would have taken my time and requested some fabric swatches, which they offer at $1 each before placing my suit order as I wasn't the happiest with the texture of the fabric when the suit arrived. If you are like me about texture etc., I recommend taking advantage of this option that Tailor4Less provides as they offer everything from 100% merino wool to blends such as this. I will also say here that the fabric does feel pretty damn durable which I like a lot.