Why choosing made to measure over designer labels should be your preferred choice

The question of the day for you is this – what are designer labels to you? Are they a form of telling you that this is guaranteed quality, a form of branding yourself, or what is the reason for you to choose designer labels when purchasing suits and other custom-tailored garments?

If you have ever been in the dilemma of liking a stylish designer suit, which then doesn’t fit very well after all, it perhaps leaves you wondering whether you should go for style or for comfort. Is that right? Many clothes lovers, constant wardrobe upgraders and fashion fanatics on limited budgets would go for style and sacrifice comfort. Would you, too?

Did you know that with a made to measure suit, you can actually achieve both, and combine the best of both worlds? You don’t need to sacrifice the former with the latter or the other way around. What is even better, it can be done a lot cheaper than with the top brands.

Yes, bespoke suits are the answer when it comes to achieving style and comfort. Bespoke suits are handmade with an eye for detail and your personal style preferences in mind. With prices like ours at Exclusive Tailor, you won’t ever need to even look for other alternatives. Compared with a high-street designer, bespoke suits offer a fantastic value for both Gents and Ladies.

Undoubtedly, a bespoke suit will also last you many more years than an off the peg item – whether it will last a lifetime will depend on how well you look after it, whether you buy additional pairs of trousers (as these will show signs of wear long before the jacket does) and your own changing body shape (something beyond a tailor’s control).
In order to prolong the lifetime of your suit, stick to the classic options such as using a block colour like for example charcoal or navy blue and a more conservative cut for the blazer, a two- or three-button option and you’ll be assured a stylish outfit lasting potentially a lifetime. You can still add your personality with details such as the lining, buttons, pockets, etc.

To find out more about owning a bespoke suit and how the process works please get in touch with us here.

Remember, that at we also offer a personal tailoring service at Exclusive Tailor, meaning that we do frequent overseas tours to take measurements of our clients during individual meetings. Here we will bring the latest styles and materials with us and guide you through the choices, taking your preferred use and style into account. This adds to your convenience and you don’t need to take time out from your busy schedule anymore. To know more about our overseas tours, please visit us here!

The origins of style a history of the gentlemans true friend the waistcoat

The origins of style – a history of the gentlemans true friend – the waistcoat

Nothing better than wearing a waistcoat to work, or the networking events and dinners you’re invited to. Isn’t that right? We couldn’t agree more.
Other people may ask themselves “Who still wears waistcoats? Are they still in style? I thought this was a thing from the past!”
Although you perhaps don’t see them every day, they are still very much in style today. But where do they come from? Who came up with this idea of crafting a “vest” for Gents? What is its purpose? Let’s go through it one by one here, so you have an educated knowledge about this fashionitem, when you are planning to upgrade your wardrobe the next time.
Unlike most garments or fashion accessories that are out there to choose between, the origins of the Western waistcoat can actually be dated quite precisely to one man – and that is the English King Charles II. In October 1666 this royal gentleman decreed the waistcoat to be part of an Englishman’s correct dress and a style tradition was born.

The idea for the waistcoat had not been a new one up until that point, as it was based very closely on designs seen previously in Persia and in India, but it was the first time it was decreed to be the chosen dresscode to go by.
The waistcoat’s arrival in England, however, immediately made history, as the occasion was marked by an entry in the most famous historical diary of all time, that of Samuel Pepys: “The King hath yesterday declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes which he will never alter. It will be a vest, I know not well how.” Note the original term “vest” (still favoured in America). Over time it became known as a waistcoat for the simple reason that it reached the waist and no further (unlike the formal dress coats worn on top of them, which would reach down to the knee). Interestingly, it was thought for some time that the name waistcoat was derived from the fact that garment was originally made from excess material that would otherwise have gone to ‘waste’. This, however, was nonsense.

Originally, during the 17th and 18th centuries, the fashion in waistcoat was for highly ornate items in bright colours, but this gradually gave way to a much more informal and even puritanical style in the late 1700s and into the 19th century. Partly this was due to the international influence of the distinctly anti-aristocratic French Revolution in 1789.

From the 19th Century till date

From 1810 an onwards waistcoats became shorter still and became a much tighter fit, eventually almost doubling as an undergarment or a foundation garment, increasingly being used cosmetically, to streamline the fuller figure. When the corset became popular in the 1820s, waistcoats served to emphasise the fashion for the pinched waist and they often featured whalebone stiffeners of their own, as well as laces at the back and reinforced buttons at the front.
After 1850, this style changed somewhat and towards the end of the century, with the arrival of portly Edward VII, the waistcoat began to expand a little to suit the shape of its owner.

In the 20th century, the prevalence of the waistcoat and its significance as a status symbol began to wane. It became a much more functional item to round off a formal three-piece suit, its use as a place to store a snazzy pocket watch also falling by the wayside as the wristwatch came into its own.

Today, aside from persisting in more formal outfits, waistcoats have also taken on a life of their own in certain youth subcultures, being worn by indie kids or in steampunk circles, sometimes just with T-shirts or in the antithesis of their formal roots, sometimes even on their own.