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 [...]
How much does a custom suit cost and how to compare cost with an off the rack suit?
Made to measure bespoke "custom" suits typically will start north of $1000. There are some things you should consider – the master tailor, the experience of the company and reviews. You should also look into the construction method if it is fused canvas or half canvas or full canvas and your fabric selection. A custom bespoke suit which is tailored to your body specifications is timeless and will last decades. In contrast, yes, you can pay anywhere from $400 to $800 for an off the shelf suit but you will not have a luxury fit and the suit itself will start falling apart because it’s not made from a single canvas, the sewing techniques are industrial and will not pay attention to small details and in most cases we see lining sagging in about an year’s time. If you take these items into consideration, you get a better return on investment with a bespoke custom suit.
How to learn more about Custom Suit, custom shirts and custom jackets or sports coats?
Come visit your local custom tailor shop. La Rukico is located in Manhattan and you can request an appointment and meet with Kelly who will show you some luxurious fabrics, their construction methodology and some finished garments to inspire confidence. Be forewarned, once you take the leap in a custom suit or custom shirt, it [...]
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