How much does suit tailoring cost?

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How much does suit tailoring cost?
The cost of suit tailoring can vary depending on materials and the tailor's reputation. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The custom-tailored suit exudes elegance and ensures a perfect fit, but it also means that it comes at a significant cost. But today, having a suit tailored can fit a wide range of budgets. Knowing the costs of custom tailoring allows any individual to understand the value of a suit and assess whether or not having a custom-tailored one is the best choice.

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Finding a Reputable Tailor

It will always take time, effort and some money to find a tailor with a good reputation. Some businesspeople go so far as to find a tailor in places outside of the U.S. such as Europe or Asia. However, you can find a good tailor by going to some high-end department stores, chain and individual speciality shops. Depending on the reputation of the tailor, the cost of labour would vary from 10 to 20 per cent of the suit cost.

Before finding a tailor, become educated about basic men's style so that you can identify your needs and style specifications easily, as well as be able to check on what a tailor is doing. Get to know a tailor by looking at his clients and see if they dress well or have an intelligent opinion about dressing. Check if the tailor takes time to talk to you and explain the nuances and details of his work. See also the tailor's sense of style by checking his samples. The best tailors usually are very busy and so prolonged wait times are common; you need to be patient in this regard to get the best service. A reputable tailor will make sure that the price you pay will give you a suit that perfectly fits.

Pricing Based on Fabric

The price of a suit, shirt and trousers set depend largely on the materials used. A suit made out of Loro Piana (Italian fabric that is a combination of Super 130 merino wool and thin silk thread) can cost £1,231. Suits made out of GuanaShina (a combination of kid Pashmina, Baby Cashmere and Guanaco fibres) are even more expensive at £3,246. Custom shirts from Hong Kong Custom Tailors crafted from blended fabric have the least expensive range from £41 to £84. The same tailor house prices custom silk shirts from £51 to £162 and cotton shirts from £48 to £149.

Suit Packages

Some tailors provide more affordable custom tailoring through packages. Noble House has packages that range from £1,040 to £2,405. Customers can select two kinds of packages: a two-suits-plus-one-coat-and-trousers package or a three-suit package. The "Affordable Elegance" line, made out of Superfine Wool Worsted fabric, ranges from $1,600 to $1,800. The Executive Image line, priced from $1,900 to $2,300, is tailored using Super 100 fabric. The President/Chairman Impact line ranges from $2,400 to $3,700 and is available in wide range of fabrics such as Dormeuil, Garavani, Scabal and Valentino.

Total Cost

Overall, the total cost of a custom-tailored suit plays within the range of $400 to $10,000 and would include the cost of materials and labour. The custom suit from a department store can cost at least $400. Those who have enough money to burn for a suit made out of the finest fabrics using the finest craftsmanship can cost $10,000. For those who want to get the most out of their money, packages from $1,600 to $3,700 can provide different sets of suits and a coat and trousers for the price of a single suit ensemble.

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