Custom Tailoring Process

Bespoke Tailoring Process Thinking about your first custom suit, shirt or tuxedo? Curious about the custom tailoring process? Keep reading to learn what you can expect when you meet with Pierre in a city near you.

Preparing for Your Appointment with Pierre

Once you’ve made your appointment, you’ll meet with Pierre in your city. Set aside about 2 hours for your appointment, depending on what you’re interested in having made for you. Pierre recommends that you wear dress pants and a dress shirt to your appointment. Avoid wearing jeans and sweatshirts, these can interfere with the measurements Pierre takes. If you’re being measured for a suit, bring your favorite pair of dress shoes, too.

Bespoke-Tailoring-Process-FabricsChoosing Styles, Fabrics, and Colors

At the start of your appointment, Pierre will ask what type of clothes you’re interested in. Then he’ll start to show you swatches of different styles and colors of fabrics to help you find one you love. Pierre normally brings 5,000-8,000 fabric swatches to an appointment! But don’t worry, you won’t have to look at all of them. The questions Pierre asks will help narrow down the possibilities. You’ll also be able to choose from a variety of buttons and other special features, like functional cuffs on your coat.

This process takes about 30-45 minutes.


Getting Measured for Your Custom Suit or Shirt

Next Pierre will take nearly 30 measurements to make sure your new garment will fit perfectly. For suit jackets, Pierre measures:

  • Chest
  • Shirt Length MeasurementUnderarm to underarm, both front & back
  • Abdomen
  • Hip
  • Shoulder
  • Sleeve length
  • Jacket length

For slacks, measurements include:

  • Waist
  • Inseam
  • Hips
  • Knee

When fitting you for a shirt, Pierre measures:

  • Collar
  • Chest
  • Shoulder
  • Sleeve length
  • Cuff width
  • Upper arm, bicep, and wrist


This process of getting measured takes about 30-45 minutes.

And that’s the end of your appointment with Pierre. You’ll need to pay in full for your garment before you leave, but then there’s nothing left to do but wait for your garment to be made and shipped to you.


When Your Garment Arrives

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After about 4-6 weeks, you’ll receive your garment, or garments, in the mail. Before wearing, we recommend that you have your new garment steam pressed. It doesn’t need to be dry cleaned because it’s not dirty, but a steam press will make sure it looks great the first time you wear it. 99% of the time, your garment will fit absolutely perfectly. If you have any questions or concerns about your new clothes, contact us.

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“Dear Pierre, I wanted to take a moment to tell you what a pleasure it was to deal with you. I have never ordered custom shirts or clothing before, and I didn’t know you, nor did you have a place of business anywhere near my home state of Massachusetts. When my shirts arrived and the collars didn’t fit, I was concerned about how to handle the situation. One call to you, one FedEx and a couple of weeks later, I am wearing my new shirts.They look great and today I am a happy client. Thank You Pierre. I just wanted you to know that good business practices are appreciated.”

- Frank L. Chandler