The Merino breed of sheep produces the finest quality wool, The species evolved centuries back and was known to the Phoenicians, who traded in fleeces, and the Greeks, who made it widespread in the Mediterranean area. Merino sheep were introduced into Spain by the Moors in the 8th century. It was a hand over gloves perfect fit for the environment, and the local people cherished the animals. The wool from the sheep attracted the attention of the Spanish aristocracy. As the sheep represented perennial income, the Spanish Royals took possession of all the flocks and made it unlawful for the sheep to be sold. Between the fourteenth century, King Alfonso of Spain initiated the first laws for the animals and by end of the 18th century, any attempt to export sheep faced the death penalty.
Christopher Columbus on his second voyage for the Indies in 1493, took a cargo of precious Merino fleeces for trading. Pairs of Merino sheep came to be known as the “gift of kings” and were used to seal alliances and agreements in Europe. The Saxons were the first to rear the sheep intensively and develop different breeds, with the aim of improving the wool quality. The breed became more widespread internationally once there were no such set of draconian laws. In 1773, on occasion of his second voyage to New [...]
What distinction is between made to measure custom suit and bespoke?
The bespoke suit is both art and science, made with a fresh pattern based on over 30 different types of client’s measurements. A made to measure suit is usually with a pre-existing pattern which is made to fit the client’s measurements. There can be variances in a made to measure custom suit which will all depend on your individual tailor
What is a custom suit?
A custom suit currently means either a made to measure or a bespoke, though both these terms can be used interchangeably. La Rukico bespoke custom suit starts from $995 with individualized patterns and over 30+ measurements and an extensive collection of Dormeuil and other leading European cloth mill brands to choose your custom suit fabric.
How Much Does a Custom Suit Cost?
The overall cost of custom suit is made up of two main components – fabric and the craftsmanship. The craftsmanship labor can vary between a run off mill made to measure suiting or a much more involved made to measure custom suit with options to personalize and a fully bespoke measurement process with individual patterns. You get what you pay for maxim is somewhat correct, but there is a range of options for custom suit depending on your budget. A typical bespoke custom suit at La Rukico starts at $995 with options to further personalize ranging from [...]
You have three options when you are buying a suit, i.e. you can choose an off the rack suit, a made to measure suit or a bespoke suit. And of course, price will be an important plan in influencing your decision.
Let’s go through major differences between these 3 options to give you a perspective on best possible choice which aligns with your budget
Off the rack suit
This is a suit most of us buy because of its price and accessibility. The price will vary between branded and non-branded versions and the quality of materials used. These suits are predetermined in size and style to fit most men but not all, and are made by machines. Majority off the rack suits inner lining is fused with heat or glued, and in this case will lack support and structure. You can alter an off the rack suit specially sleeves and length to make them come close to your body measurements.
Made to measure suit
Made to measure suits can have carried levels of personalization and vary from tailor to tailor. One key difference between made to measure suit and bespoke suit is lack of fabric options used in suit production. While made to measure suit is usually made by hand, it can also be machine made and usually the Fabrics are of lesser quality than in bespoke suits, but better than off the rack suits. Made to measure suits fit better than off the rack suits since they are made to your [...]
Follow these basic care instructions to preserve your custom suit’s longevity. A bespoke custom suit should last you decades
Avoid general wear and tear
Brush your custom suit pockets, lapels and collars frequently to remove dirt.
A rule of thumb for Stains - blot immediately, do not rub.
Any creased garment like a suit will recover well in a humid environment of dampness and warmth. Your bathroom is ideal or vaporize lightly with water.
Allow your custom suit to rest. As a rule of thumb, wearing same suit or shoes for two days in succession can cause damage to fibers.
Always hang your jacket on an appropriate hanger that supports the shoulders to allow the beautiful drape to last decades