The line separating Made-to-Measure and Bespoke

I have noticed a lot of clothing places claim to be ‘custom clothiers’ however they outsource their actual tailoring of suits to somewhere in Asia (usually Hong Kong, Korea Thailand etc.) and actually fall under the Made-to-Measure category. The line between MTM and Bespoke is somewhat blurred to me in this sense. How can I tell where MTM ends and Bespoke begins?

2 Replies to “The line separating Made-to-Measure and Bespoke”

  1. Antonio actually already did a video on this.

    Basically, in a nutshell, off the rack is exactly how it sounds. It’s clothing that you buy off the rack. If you are buying a suit and the associate measures your chest, and you purchase a suit jacket that is your size, that is an off the rack jacket, same with shirts. Made to measure is when you buy a suit, shirt, whatever, and have the tailor within that store make some final adjustments to help it fit you properly. Bespoke, on the other hand, is the highest quality craftsmanship and tailoring you can find for clothes. This is where a tailor or seamstress will take every possible measurement, from chest size to sleeve circumfrence, to get an absolutley perfect fitting jacket for you. Also, the jackets or whatever you are needing are made entirely from scratch from a large uncut, piece of clothing.

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