Made to Measure and Bespoke Tailoring in New York City
Note that this is mostly just a directory listing. There's a lot of guidance out there about how to pick a tailoring house. All I'll note is to try not to get lost in quality -- if you're going to splurge on a bespoke tailor, you have to appreciate the house style.
This article is a perpetual work in progress. I would appreciate any feedback I can get. I'll try to keep it up to date for a long time.
New York City has a lot of options for custom-made tailoring. I've compiled a list of as many options as I could pull together. There are some good online options out there, too, but I limited this list to in-person options.
Note that this is mostly just a directory listing. There's a lot of guidance out there about how to pick a tailoring house. All I'll note is to try not to get lost in quality—if you're going to splurge on a bespoke tailor, you have to appreciate the house cut and other styling details. If you don't know exactly what house style you want, start with an MTM, follow bespoke tailors on instagram, and see what you learn over time.
Prices are to the best of my knowledge—not many bespoke tailors advertise their prices online. I'm trying to keep the list adjusted for price increases, but it's very hard to track. If you have any corrections or critical additions, please do let me know.
Made to Measure tailoring in NYC:
Sorted roughly by price. Within MTM, fabric, quality, value, and customer service are worthwhile considerations, but don't ignore styling! You should like your suit! Also note that in many MTM shops, you will be dealing with a salesperson and not a real tailor. Tailors are better at measuring, spotting adjustments, and making changes on the spot. Salespeople are better at convincing you to spend money.
- Indochino (non-tracking link), very roughly $300 for a suit with frequent sales. Not great, but probably not the worst option.
- Men's Warehouse, starting at $400 for a suit (Strahan line) or $480 (Joe custom). Avoid this option. Men's Warehouse is generally bad quality, bad service, and the hard sell. The $800 Joseph Abboud tier is probably not as bad, but still overpriced, unless you really need a suit Made in America but can't afford one of the good ones. You have much, much better options in NYC.
- Kashiyama, starting at roughly $400 for 100% wool. I wouldn't recommend the 50-50 wool-poly blends.
- MySuit, starting at $500 for a suit.
- Grey Custom Clothiers. Starting at $500 for a suit. Website is extremely sketchy, offering no information about construction and almost no information about materials, instead trying to trick you into thinking you're getting a $2500 suit at $500, or $300 (which they confoundingly claim is "at cost") with an annual membership. I'd avoid them.
- Black Lapel, starting at $600 for a suit, $25 off with referral. Full canvassed for +200. Not a huge fabric selection, basic cut, good place to start. See my review here.
- Tailored Club, which... I know the owner, so... I'll hold my tongue. Starts at $600.
- Proper Cloth, Suits start at $675, known for shirts.
- Enzo Custom (non-tracking link), starting at $600 for a suit, but most options come in around $800. Hugo Jacomet is a fan.
- SuitSupply (alternate link), starting at $650 for an MTM suit. Under fit, don't choose an existing cut—choose "custom" -> "from scratch." They should be measuring armhole size and everything. Their salesmen often try to confuse you, but the value of a full canvassed suit (+$100) should be very good. They also try to push a slightly-too-slim fit—don't let them.
- Mohan's. Last I checked, it was 3 suits for $2000.
- J. Hilburn, suits start at $668. Filed for bankruptcy last year but still seems to be operational. Mixed reviews.
- Alton Lane—suits starting at $900. Their prices are a little ridiculous now, they're using them to play sale games and they just charge ridiculous amounts for luxury fabrics... Know what you're doing before you give them money.
- LS Men's Clothing, suits start at $700
- Born to Tailor, suits start at about $700 last I checked, does men and women.
- Kent Wang, MTM suits starting at ~$750, good value. Tiny showroom. A lot of options. I mean a lot.
- Atelier Fugue, starting at $750 for a suit, known for cotton. See this article by Ethan M. Wong.
- Todd Snyder (alt link)
- Custom Men, starting at $800 for half-canvassed MTM suits.
- Sid Mashburn recently opened a store in NYC. They do shirts starting at $155 online, and suits in person.
- Alexander Black, with MTM starting at $835 and a soft, light "semi-bespoke" starting at $1750. Makes house calls. Bespoke also available below.
- P. Johnson Tailors charges $1,195 AUD (roughly $825 USD) for its half-canvassed made-in-China bespoke tier, with prices up to $2,895 AUD (just under $2000 USD) for suits made by Sartoria Carrara. They might charge a little bit more in USD, I'm not sure.
- Imparali, starting at about $900.
- Bindle & Keep, starting at $900. They have a focus on body-inclusivity, so they're very prepared to make suits for women, trans men and women, and gender-nonconforming individuals.
- Acustom, starting at $900.
- Suitscribe. Suits start at $987, tuxes at $1300, overcoats at $1699. Based in queens. Makes house calls.
- Vestium. Again, gender-inclusive.
- Mad King George, Suits start at $1000. Technically closer to offshore bespoke, as the factory makes custom patterns for each customer, but Jason skips the basted fitting to keep costs down. "Punk rock" spirit. Jason is a cool dude. Also gender-inclusive. This jacket is amazing.
- Sam Wazin, starting at $1000. They advertise free alterations for life, which is cool.
- Michael Andrews MTM suits starting at $1000.
- Christopher Korey Collective, starting at $1100. Hugo Jacomet recommended them here.
- Mr. Ned, starts at ~$1100, has some big fans on styleforum.
- Hall Madden, starting at $1150.
- Alan David, starts at $1200. Claims to be true bespoke. This point is somewhat controversial, but my current understanding is that they're MTM, and not bespoke.
- J. Press starting at $1300 for a suit and $160 for a shirt.
- Balani, starting at $1300 for a suit.
- Polo Ralph Lauren (alt link)
- Cad & The Dandy's $1400 option is made to measure, not bespoke. They offer bespoke at $1700.
- Brooklyn Tailors, starting at $1600 for MTM ("special order").
- Martin Greenfield. MTM starts at $1500. An American treasure. All US presidents wear Martin Greenfield. Dude's a Holocaust Survivor. I would just love to have his name inside my jacket.
- No Man Walks Alone x Sartoria Carrara—referral link for $25 off
- Franco Ercole
- Cego Shirtmaker, shirts starting at $225.
- New & Lingwood has a location on the Upper East Side that makes MTM and bespoke shirts, suits, and dressing gowns. MTM shirts start at $225.
- Brooks Brothers (alt link). Used to be made by Martin Greenfield... Probably nothing special these days.
- Articles of Style, starts at $1800, MiUSA
- Thom Sweeney
- Brithces Bespoke has an MTM tier.
- Alan Flusser, starting at $1500 for a jacket and $750 for trousers.
- Miller's Oath, starting at $2300 for an MTM suit.
- J. Meuser, MTM suits start at $2450
- Angel Ramos NY, previously known as 18th Amendment, "MTO" at $2500 and MTM... presumably higher.
- The Hop—shirts only, $400 each, relatively new to the shirting game.
- The Armoury does MTM with a lot of brands, and they're all expensive. My understanding is that their cheapest MTM suits, from Ring Jacket, run around $2500, and this is probably not an especially good value. Of course, Ring Jacket is a fairly special brand, and the Armoury has some really cool cuts for their sport coats, so if that appeals to you, go for it!
- R. Manocha offers a wide variety of MTM, Bespoke, Semi-Bespoke and custom items. MTM highlights include knitwear (including cardigans and cable knits and denim.
- Paolo Martorano Bespoke. MTM starts at $4500.
- Ralph Lauren Purple Label (alt link). I'm not sure what they charge for MTM, and it's also probably not a very good value, but it's a fashion house. In this same vein, many fashion houses do MTM or bespoke, and they tend to use more unique cuts or styles.
- I believe Oxxford does both MTM and Bespoke. RTW starts at around $4000, though, so don't expect to get MTM for cheap. Considered the best suits in the world, in terms of handwork—cut is very much debateable. Made in Chicago, flagship store in NYC.
Bespoke Trunk Shows
Traveling tailors will come through New York City fairly often. Some of these options are truly great, and you should consider the breadth of your options fully. Derek Guy has recommended some options that he thinks are better than many of those with a permanent presence in NYC.
- Generally, you will either want tailoring following a British or Italian tailoring tradition.
- For British tailoring, consider, among others, Steed. See this article on the drape cut.
- Italian tailoring includes Neapolitan, Milanese, Roman, and Florentine tailoring, but... You're probably thinking of Neapolitan tailoring. Generally, Italian styles tend to be less structured, often lighter, and often slimmer (within the category of quality bespoke tailoring). Excellent travelling options include Sartoria Solito (very slim). Alternatively, consider I Sarti Italiani—they still make slim suits, but they also have a fuller cut with Peter Zottolo that I'd highly recommend. Also note that ISI is very affordable for its level of quality, with suits in good fabrics starting around $1600.
- American tailoring, for the sake of completeness, will often mean a sack suit. French tailoring tends to either be more fashion-forward, or else fall somewhere in the middle ground between British and Italian tailoring.
- Derek also mentions Rubinacci, WW Chan and Anderson & Sheppard.
- The Anthology does Bespoke starting at $2800.
- The Armoury and Leffot host some trunk shows.
Bespoke tailoring in NYC
- LNC Tailor. No real web presence, but very affordable. 83 Baxter St #B. Reported at $1000 for labor if you bring your own fabric.
- Albert Lam. Minimal web presence, also very affordable.
- Custom Men claims to offer Bespoke suiting in starter fabrics at $1500. They made me a suit, and whether or not it's technically bespoke is... a complex question that will have to wait for my full review.
- Cad & The Dandy's bespoke offerings start at $1700.
- Robinson Brooklyn. Suits starting at $1800, made in Williamsburg.
- New & Lingwood has a location on the Upper East Side that makes MTM and bespoke shirts, suits, and dressing gowns. Bespoke shirts start at $275.
- Brooklyn Tailors starting at $2000.
- Bhambi claims to do bespoke somewhere in the low $2000s, and that's about all I know.
- Michael Andrews Bespoke starting at $2000.
- Silvano Tailoring, starting at $3000 for a full bespoke suit, or $2300 for semi-bespoke (skipping the basted fitting). Shirts starting at $350.
- Thom Sweeney
- J. Meuser, Bespoke suits start at $3450
- Britches Bespoke
- Tiefenbrun. The tailor is a rabbi. Their DBs are really good.
- Lord Willy's
- Alexander Black. Bespoke starts at $4500. Will visit your home or office. Trained with Rory Duffy, now works with a seventh-generation tailor in Brooklyn.
- Huntsman does bespoke starting at roughly $4800.
- Sartoria Gallo (Eric Jensen)
- Miller's Oath, starting at $5200 for a bespoke suit. Notably, a bespoke sportcoat is $3200.
- R. Manocha offers a wide variety of MTM, Bespoke, Semi-Bespoke and custom items. Bespoke suits start at $5795
- Sartoria Vestrucci (Tommaso Capozzoli)
- Reeves (David Reeves)
- Genuardi (Joseph Genuardi)
- Manolo Costa
- Franco Ercole
- Watson Ellis
- The Armoury does bespoke with a lot of brands and they're all very expensive.
- Turnbull & Asser (non-tracking link), known for shirts.
- Duncan Quinn starting at $6000 for a suit.
- Paolo Martorano Bespoke. Full bespoke suits start at $7500. Shirts from $600.
- Leonard Logsdail, starting at $7,900 (as of this video).
- David Lance. I am not sure if they're still in business, their social media has been very quiet. As of this video, they were charging $7,500 and up for suits, but that was quite some time ago.
- I believe Oxxford does both MTM and Bespoke. RTW starts at around $4000, though, so don't expect to get MTM for cheap. Considered the best suits in the world, in terms of handwork—however, note that, in bespoke tailoring, styling should be a major factor, and Oxxford's cuts may leave something to be desired. Made in Chicago, flagship store in NYC.
- Brioni. Expensive.
- Kiton and Loro Piana seem to have either MTM or bespoke offerings. They will be hilariously expensive.
Thank you to breakaway01 from Styleforum, and Derek Guy of Die, Workwear! and Put This On fame.
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