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;

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