Kristo and I first met in a fashion show back in April 2014. I loved his designs and the creativity in making a modern suit with attention to all the fine details which definitely make the difference. So it was the easiest and most obvious choice, for the first coming event – my sister’s wedding – I contacted Kristo asking for my first custom made suit. Kristo rose up to my expectations and beyond! It feels different in a great way to be wearing a suit knowing it was especially tailored for me.
The process of creating a masterpiece is not as easy as one might think. Here is what Kristo sent me when I asked him to write down the process of a bespoke suit:
“There is something… no, many things to be said about a bespoke suit. A bespoke suit flatters every wearer, never goes out of style, and has the power all on its own to imbue with confidence and importance in even the meekest of gentlemen. The beauty of a bespoke suit is that everything is possible and any request can be met.
If you are looking for a bespoke suit, first ask yourself what this suit is intended for. Is it for a wedding, a funeral, a court appearance, a new job or no special occasion?
Visit your tailor: Let your tailor know your needs and preferences about style, colour and fabric. If you have no idea what you want, then discuss it with your tailor and let him guide you.
Next step: measurements. The tailor works from scratch with each individual client, starting with a unique paper pattern cut to the client’s measures. Minimal discrepancies in the client’s posture and structure are taken into account and each notation is transferred to the bespoke pattern.
Fitting – There are 3 main fittings:
1) Basic fitting: Approximately two weeks after measurements were taken; you will be invited for a first fitting, a basic one in which an addition of larger inlays (seams) is possible. This enables the cutter/tailor to check the basic fit of your pattern and allows changes later on if needed.
2) Second fitting: The major lines of you suit should be ready by now, including pockets and facings. Collar and sleeves are not fitted yet. This will give you the chance to see the general picture of how your suit will look eventually.
3) Final fitting: This stage is to set up the collar and check sleeves’ length. After this stage, the suit will be ready to be worn!
Getting your first suit tailor-made will take a decent amount of time and a nice handful of fittings. Accept that you can’t rush this process and look at the bright side: next time you’ll want a bespoke suit, your tailor will have all your measurements and details on file so he can get to work right away.”