As Sir Hardy Aimes said, "A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them."
We couldn't agree more. And now that wedding season is upon us, whether you're the groom, a groomsman, or just that guy tearing it up on the dance floor, now's the perfect time to get a custom suit.
Jake Wall, owner and designer for the Artful Gentleman, recommends getting two pairs of pants (since they have to be dry cleaned more often), and says don't be afraid to test out those dance moves during a fitting. "We have our clients move around a lot," said Wall. "Fabrics have to work with the body. We need to see where the fit is too tight, and how the suit looks in motion."
After all, you're getting custom for a reason, right? Make sure you love it, and that the fit is impeccable. Here are our favorite custom designers in San Francisco.
1. Artful Gentleman, 1687 Market St.
Custom shirts start at $275, suits at $1,800.
Made in San Francisco. Takes around three weeks to complete.
2. Taylor Stitch, 383 Valencia St
Custom shirts start at $150, suits at $1,300.
Made in Massachusetts. Takes around four to five weeks to complete.
3. Wingtip 550 Montgomery St.
Custom shirts start at $165, suits at $2,000.
Made in Upstate New York. Takes around four to six weeks to complete.
4. Beckett & Robb, One Embarcadero Center.
Custom shirts start at $99, suits at $695.
Made in Portugal and Spain. Takes around four weeks to complete.
5. Kipper Clothiers, 505 Sansome St.
Custom shirts start at $153, suits at $738.
Made in the USA. Takes around five to six weeks to complete.
6. Peter Panos, 107 Geary St.
Custom shirts start at $225, suits at $2,200. Bespoke shirts start at $475, suits at $3,500.
Made in San Francisco. Takes around six to eight weeks to complete.
7. Al's Attire, 1300 Grant Ave.
Call for pricing and lead-time.
Lily Ko (lily7x7 @gmail.com) studied fashion design and merchandising at Central Saint Martins and the Academy of Art University. In addition to writing for 7x7, Lily works as a freelance stylist, writer, and designer.