There are definitely a few professions left that a suit and tie are required, but the definition of “business wear” has changed drastically over the last few years. As gentlemen, we see this as a wonderful opportunity to have some fun getting dressed while staying away from full sweats. We still believe in some old school rules, now we want to show you 5 ways to break them in interesting and dapper ways.Read More
Our clients have been asking for shoe recommendations for years and after searching for the perfect pairing we are proud to announce our newest accessory offering at Nicholas Joseph: Magnanni Shoes.Read More
Enter: our new line of Paige denim! The California born brand of supremely soft, performance-driven denim. Talk with your sales designer about adding the perfect casual piece to your custom wardrobe.Read More
Congratulations on getting engaged, planning your engagement, or just thinking about it!
Our Designers have gathered the best Groom’s wedding trends and there’s one commonality - stand out!
These tips will ensure you look dapper for your Big Day, but don’t be afraid to add a touch to make heads turn!Read More
Newly engaged and planning your wedding for next year?
Our Designers have gathered the Groom's 2018 wedding trends there’s one commonality - go bold!
These bold looks remain classic and elegant but add a touch that will make heads turn. While some of these trends began in 2017, they’re carrying over to 2018 and are bolder than ever.Read More
A custom tailor will often loosely use the term bespoke when referring to a custom garment. Although the two ways to create a garment are siimlar, there are some key differences you should note. It’s best to do your research and know what truly is the difference between custom and bespoke tailoring.
What exactly is a Custom Suit vs. a Bespoke Suit?
The custom suit process begins by having measurements taken of your body and deciding how you want your garments to fit. Each garment is created specifically to these body measurements taken by an expert tailor. The custom suit or custom garment arrives finished and any fit changes needed will be altered by a tailor.
So what is a Bespoke Suit?
Originating on Savile Row in London, Bespoke means “to be spoken for” and brings a whole new meaning to the Power Suit.
A truly made Bespoke suit is the best fitting garment you can get. Multiple basted fittings are done with an unfinished garment to ensure that the it fits perfectly in every way. A basted fitting is a fitting with a garment that is loosely stitched together with white basting thread. It is called the basted fitting because, at this point, the suit is temporarily stitched together with white basting thread.
Although measurements had previously been taken, the basted fitting will be the first time you actually get to try on your custom suit, fitting notes can be made, and the basting thread can be easily removed for adjustments prior to finishing the garment's seams for final delivery.
We Offer Both Custom Suits and Bespoke Suits Made in Chicago
Esquire magazine has recommended us exclusively in Chicago for Bespoke Suits in their Big Black Book of Style. Once your fabric arrives from the mill in Italy, or other origin, the suit never leaves Chicago. Our Chicago Master Tailor will create an exceptional and unique bespoke suit just for you that is hand cut, fitted, and sewn, right here in Chicago. We actually have clients that fly in just for our bespoke service.
Besides making the bespoke suit in Chicago, the primary difference is that the fabric is cut by hand according to your body and measurements, and the garment arrives basted, or loosely sewn, together. At the fitting we assess and see if any adjustments need to be made and the tailor does this as he finishes the garment. Certain body types may require more fittings than others, but it’s truly the best possible fit if you have a difficult body type.
Our custom suit tailors works exclusively for us since we started in 2005. His team of cutters and apprentices make the majority of our custom suits, in addition to all our true custom shirts. When the garment arrives for a fitting, it is fully made, but can be adjusted easily. If we need to make any adjustment to enhance the fit of the garment, our Master Tailor does that here in house and then a paper pattern is kept on file for easy re-order.
How much does a bespoke suit cost?
Our bespoke suits made in Chicago are our premier line and start at $2795.
Top 3 Benefits of Choosing our Bespoke Suits
1. Superior Fit:
Fittings are performed with unfinished basted garments, allowing our team to perfect your fit during the process.
2. Handmade to Your Body and Preferences:
Approximately 50 man hours go into each bespoke suit from our Chicago Master Tailor and his team of cutters, sewers, and buttonhole makers. The team pays special attention to each of your measurements as well as your personal style appointments.
3. Increased Confidence:
When you look good, you feel good. Bespoke tailoring brings a man to his full potential and allows him to focus on the task at hand, knowing he is presenting his best self to his audience.
Do you have all your Fall & Winter menswear wardrobe essentials? Here is a basic checklist to ensure you're ready to Live Dapper during the colder months. Add or subtract items for a custom fit wardrobe for your lifestyle.
- 1 Overcoat in grey or navy, add a second custom camel overcoat for variety
- 2 Suits: 1 flannel & 1 bright slate (the new “it” color), try a custom three piece suit in thick chalk stripe and wear the vest with jeans for a warmer, dressed up look
- 2 Sport Coats: 1 textured solid in a blue, grey, or charcoal & 1 subtle pattern like a glenplaid or herringbone
- 5 Dress shirts, 10 if needed the full work week: white, blue, lavender and 2 fun patterns (try a dot, paisley, or chambray this season), try all custom shirts to ensure a consistent fit
- 3 Trousers: blue, grey, and tan plus 2 flannel pairs in any color
- 1 Long sleeve polo, perfect for casual Fridays or weekends, and can easily be worn with a sport coat
- A cardigan, v-neck, or shawl lapel sweater, try the latter for a more updated look
- 2 belts, one black, one brown; Try a custom belt for fun in suede or a with a contrast stitch
- 5 patterned socks in subtle colors, too bold is too last year
- 5 ties in smaller patterns to make matching easy: 1 of each base color- 2 blue, purple, green, and red, try wool for an updated look
- Pocket squares: 2 white, 1 blue, and 2 fun prints, be sure they match your suits and sport coats
CBS Chicago has listed Nicholas Joseph as one of the
Best Places To Buy A Tailored Suit In Chicago for 7 years running, isn't it time you came in for a custom suit or a Made in Chicago custom suit?
As an added incentive, we're offering a Free Custom Shirt to new clients with custom suit purchase. Clients fly into Chicago for the weekend for our true custom shirts made by our own tailors, and we'd love to introduce you to them.
Chicago's best dressed gentlemen were invited to join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Nicholas Joseph Custom Tailors. Guests enjoyed lite bites and classic cocktails provided by Fulton Market Kitchen while mingling with fellow impeccably dressed friends and learning more about Nicholas Joseph’s custom tailor shop in their River North showroom. Party-goers were also able to enjoy the store's 15% off Sport Coat Sale and had the chance to win fabulous giveaways including free custom shirts and a custom sport coat throughout the evening.
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