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What do they mean?                 What's the difference?

On this page I help you to understand the main differences between these types of menswear and why knowing these details is important to your understanding.

First - understand this. One type of build is not necessarily better than any other - each has it's place.Depending on your individual need you may be better served by any one of the three.

The amount of money you spend does not guarantee better fitting or higher quality clothing. Instead the difference in terminology is about control.

It's about an art form vs factory efficiency  

It's about something being hand-made and 100% unique vs another piece of clothing being uniform, mass produced and economically affordable for even the poorest student.

a bespoke tailor trimming a garment by hand

So why is this important?

It's about what we are conditioned to pay for, and what we value and define as quality clothing.
It signifies prestige and enables the art of bespoke to charge a premium which makes it sustainable and forces the ready to wear industry to keep its costs down and efficiency up as is in that realm price is the driver of purchase decision

Technological change has made the distinction between Made to Measure and Bespoke more subtle, within this confusion a battle for profitable relationships has emerged.

Initially all clothing was hand-made,  wealthy men had their clothing made by a tailor and the rest of us made it within the family unit.
The industrial revolution changed this and made mass manufactured clothing affordable, but the distinction between the two was clear cut as professional handmade clothing was superior in cut in the eyes of the consumer

Made to measure however has evolved over the last few decades from a simple offshoot of ready - to - wear to being almost indistinguishable from the custom hand - made process at least in the eyes of the consumer.
Fitting are increasingly required for both bespoke and made - to - measure.

A bespoke service will require an individually cut pattern, which is then kept should further suits be required, and now made - to - measure measurements are often stored on a computer.
Even hand - work is now increasingly found in made - to - measure garments this used to only be found in custom bespoke, and cash or skill strapped bespoke makers are now starting to utilize machines in the process.
Basically the two worlds are getting closer, Bespoke still commands a premium while made - to - measure is closer to off the rack prices. Yet if the difference is hazy , you can bet that the merchants will look to find a way to make a higher profit, and that's where the fighting has started..

The three mens wear classifications

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