An ill-fitting suit is all but worthless, so splurge on tailoring, or, really splurge and go bespoke. A custom handmade suit is an investment of both money – think mid-four-figures – and time; be prepared for meetings to discuss fabrics, linings, lapels and more. But nothing will ever look better. Herewith, the finest places to commission the perfect suit.
Master tailor Achod Amassian will make you feel like Churchill. And – in case you share Winnie’s curvaceous figure – Amassian expertly shapes each suit to flatter his client’s physique.
1455 Peel St., (514) 284-3315.
Dimitri Alexiou opened Ur Imij last January and the 29-year-old’s already considered one of the best in the business. Expect roped shoulders and a fitted waist from his trim contemporary suits. 420-B8 Notre-Dame Street W., (514) 670-4122.
Saku Koivu’s shop of choice is a family operation – employing mother, father, aunt and two sons – but the man with the chalk is the eponymous patriarch, Arthur Der Shahinian, a self-taught tailor from the age of 15. 2175 Crescent St., (514) 843-0522.
Tony the Tailor
Tony’s (run by Ralph the tailor) is a Montreal institution, offering a beautifully crafted traditional suit. It’s a great way to kill your next job interview. 2041-A Stanley St., (514) 844-3988.
This shop, run by Giovanni Vacca, looks like a legally ambiguous import-export business, but that hasn’t stopped scores of athletes, from Wayne Gretzky to Barry Bonds, from stopping by for a suit. 5240 St-Laurent Blvd., 866-647-2427.
*Our heartiest congratulations go out to Jamie Beurklian, the winner of our month-long Movember moustache growing contest. “Not only did I grow a moustache for prostate cancer funding,” he says, “But I also tanned three quarters of my arms and lifted planks of particle board.” Mr. Beurklian takes home Movember cufflinks, a flask, stylish duds and more.