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Departures’ Guide to the New Bespoke

© James T. Murray

Departures presents some of the best practitioners—tailors, cobblers, artisans—who are putting their own modern spin on classic craftsmanship.

Yes, we know that technically the term comes from an era when dandies would visit their Savile Row tailors and select a bolt of fabric before their suits were made: The cloth was literally “spoken for.” We understand that many firmly believe the word should not be used to describe apartments or investment groups or lattes or anything except for a custom garment cut from an original, highly individualized pattern. But we think the time has come to hammer out a more forward-looking definition. Perhaps bespoke, like New York, is more a state of mind. In the pages that follow, DEPARTURES presents some of the best practitioners putting their own modern spin on classic craftsmanship. Because “bespoke” simply means investing in something that just looks, works and fits exactly as you want it to. (Salvatore Ferragamo made-to-measure notch-lapel topcoat, from $2,500. Available only at the Salvatore Ferragamo New York flagship; 212-759-3822; ferragamo.com)

Questions for a Bespoke Expert
The Perfect Blue Blazer
Ralph Lauren Stores: New on Madison Avenue
Bespoke Shirt Collar Styles
New York Tailor Michael Reslan
Tod’s New La Scala Flat
The Top Private Bespoke Salons
Brooks Brothers’ New Custom Tailoring
Personal Custom Address Book
Three Top Tailors
Savile Row Bespoke Association
The Custom Kiton Suit
Max Mara’s New Atelier
World’s Best Bespoke Products
John Lobb’s Custom Shoes
Dressing the Cast of Entourage