Men’s fashion is rife with talk of “must-haves,” but few things are as truly essential as a well-fitting suit. And while genuine bespoke – a suit made from scratch, just for you – is the gold standard, made-to-measure – in which existing patterns are altered to fit your frame – often looks just as good, for a fraction of the cost. Herewith, the best options in Vancouver.
Established in 1913, this Chinatown institution was recently featured in a CBC Newsworld documentary. Bill and Jack Wong are in their 80s, but their touch is still deft, and you won’t find more personal consultation anywhere. The Service: Bespoke and made-to-measure. 5 West Pender St., 604-685-0610.
Some say that the conservatism of this American granddaddy isn’t at home on the West Coast, but custom tailoring means your suit will reflect your personality – not the store’s sometimes-stodgy aesthetic. The Service: Made-to-measure and the more affordable “Suiting Essentials.” 1026 Alberni St., 604-678-2260.
The made-to-measure offerings at Holts depend on the brand of suit. For Italian labels like Armani and Zegna, they’ll fly the duds to Milan for alterations. The Service: Made-to-measure. 633 Granville St., 604-681-3121.
Choose from an extensive array of fabrics in the handsome bespoke lounge, or take advantage of top-notch tailoring services with the made-to-measure program. Bespoke is damn pricey but includes the handy perk of lifetime maintenance. The Service: Bespoke and made-to-measure. 39G-701 Georgia St. W., 604-683-6861.
Image courtesy of W Macphail.