Lots of men swear by custom suiting. Whether it’s because they can’t find the right fit off the rack or just prefer the experience of designing their own garment, going custom can be as rewarding as it is fun. To most guys, however, it’s a totally new experience—and a potentially daunting one. So, this guide will take you through a typical custom appointment and what to expect.
When you come to Andrew Davis for your first custom suit or sport coat, one of our sales associates will greet you and offer a beverage, and then sit down for a chat about what you want. We try to get to know each of our customers personally, and when you’re in looking to build that perfect suit, we’ll ask what you do, what you typically wear, and more to ensure you walk away satisfied.
After we have a solid grasp of what it is you’re expecting, the first step is picking out a fabric. We have a handful of custom boxes, including Southwick, Samuelsohn, and Hickey Freeman. I recently decided to splurge for a new suit of my own, and chose a light gray chalk stripe from the Jack Victor collection.
Next is the styling. The Andrew Davis team is happy to take care of the styling ourselves, offer recommendations, or give you free reign, depending on each customer’s comfort with the process.
Options include the type of lapel, number of buttons, and much, much more. I opted for a double breasted, peak lapel suit, with a gray dotted lining, personal label, and surgeon’s cuffs (aka working buttons).
Finally, we come to the most important aspect of any suit: the fit. We begin by taking measurements directly off your body to get an idea of your size. Based on these, you will try on a jacket which is marked up to get the ideal fit. Then, rinse and repeat with the pants. Of course, the fit you desire is always what we’ll aim for, whether it is fashion model skinny or a classic cut befitting a mob boss. Or my recommendation: somewhere in between.
With the fitting complete, we’re nearly done. The Andrew Davis associate will review everything, and then show you other items from the store to complement the suit you’ve designed. If you’re looking for new shoes, shirts, ties, or anything else, we’re always happy to help you find the perfect piece to bring the whole look together.
After that, it’s easy as checking out and waiting on a phone call. Prices for suits start around $900, depending on the quality of the fabric, the brand you choose to work with, and the options you select. It will typically take 4-6 weeks to arrive at our store, and we reach out to you as soon as we receive them. If possible, you’ll come in again to try on the result, so that if there are any changes we need to make, we can get the suit tailored perfectly to your liking.
Of course, we save all your measurements and information, so ordering the next one can be as easy as calling in and telling us what you want.