Custom Tailoring

Nowhere has the internet-driven democratization of men’s fashion been more apparent than in custom tailoring. Once reserved for Wall Street bankers, c-suite businessmen or those willing to put up with a great deal of effort and uncertainty to navigate international transactions with foreign tailors, it is now possible to find reasonable-quality made-to-measure shirting for $100 or less and suiting from around $500.

Between New York and DC alone, Alexander West, Alton Lane, The Tailored Man, and VM Clothiers are just a few of the options available.  Around the country, sites such as Black Lapel, Indochino, mytailor.com, Proper Cloth and Ratio Clothing allow you to take your own measurements and design a shirt or suit online without visiting a shop.  For those with slightly deeper pockets, startups such as Michael Andrews Bespoke and established retailers such as Brooks Brothers, Geoffrey Lewis Ltd., Hickey Freeman and  Nordstrom variously offer made-to-measure and fully bespoke options that are competitively-priced.

Modern Fellows’ Affordable Custom project is an effort to highlight a range of online and in-person options for affordable custom clothing and to get to know the entrepreneurs behind the brands.  Periodically, MF will report on experiences with custom clothing retailers.

Modern Fellows maintains a directory of where to buy custom suits and dress shirts online.

Get a $25 Discount Coupon Code for Black Lapel Custom Mens Suits

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Get a $25 Discount Coupon Code for Black Lapel Custom Mens Suits

The only thing better than Black Lapel custom suiting is getting a 25 dollar discount coupon.   It’s no secret that we’ve been sweet on Black Lapel custom menswear for some time.  We first profiled Black Lapel’s co-founders in a September 2012 piece and followed that up with a review of our first Black Lapel custom suit, a charcoal-grey number that we concluded “feels complete, personal, and like a suit ought to fit — much more than the sum of...

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Amazon custom menswear? Retailer reportedly developing custom clothing technology, considered buying Indochino

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Custom tailoring, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Amazon custom menswear? Retailer reportedly developing custom clothing technology, considered buying Indochino

Is Amazon entering the custom clothing business? The New York Times reports that the Seattle-based mega-retailer is looking to expand its share of apparel sales, including by exploring offering custom-fit clothing for customers.  Seattle-based New York Times Technology correspondent Nick Wingfield reports that Amazon is exploring technology to help customize clothing as well as acquisitions.  He suggested that Amazon had designs on Indochino, whom Modern Fellows has...

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Compare Black Lapel Custom Suit Reviews, Updated for 2017

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Compare Black Lapel Custom Suit Reviews, Updated for 2017

Looking for trusted reviews of Black Lapel’s online custom suiting? Modern Fellows has compiled Black Lapel suit reviews from across the Internet alongside some thoughts from our long history with the innovative online menswear tailor, updated for 2017. Modern Fellows has come to know New York-based online custom menswear tailor Black Lapel over the past several years. In 2012, we interviewed Warren Liao, who described Black Lapel’s mission: From the...

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Look inside the new Black Lapel suit showroom with co-founder Derek Tian

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows, News | 0 comments

Look inside the new Black Lapel suit showroom with co-founder Derek Tian

Black Lapel is fast becoming one of the deans of online custom suiting for men.  Modern Fellows caught up with co-founder Derek Tian in the company’s brand new showroom in New York recently to discuss Black Lapel’s new fall collection and upcoming plans.    Get $25 off your first Black Lapel purchase via this link Derek was focused on readying Black Lapel’s fall custom suiting collection, which is now available online.  The collection is heavy on rich...

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Ledbury Opens New Retail Shop in Georgetown

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Around DC, Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows, News | 0 comments

Ledbury Opens New Retail Shop in Georgetown

Richmond-based menswear brand Ledbury — a longtime favorite of Modern Fellows — has launched a permanent shop in Washington, DC along Cady’s Alley in Georgetown.  Ledbury made the decision after a series of pop-up shops in Georgetown over the past several holiday seasons. The online brand has put an emphasis on getting in front of potential customers through a retail outlet in Richmond and by participating in select projects such as Northern Grade....

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In Praise of the Essential Gray Suit

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

In Praise of the Essential Gray Suit

Writing a menswear blog encourages exploration of bold patterns and colors, but when I need to look my best for a big day, I turn to an essential staple — a sharp, cool gray suit. At least I did, until it ripped — badly — at a conference.  Thank goodness for online custom tailor Black Lapel. My old gray suit — an off-the-rack Hugo Boss piece made in Turkey about 10 years ago — was like a security blanket.  It shone with a crisp white dress...

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Review: Luxury Made-in-Italy Suits from Menswear Startup Lanieri

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 1 comment

Review: Luxury Made-in-Italy Suits from Menswear Startup Lanieri

With Italian lineage and a partnership with a centuries-old fabric mill, online custom tailor Lanieri casts a unique shadow in the still-burgeoning field of made-to-measure suiting.  Modern Fellows reviewed the Lanieri.com suit experience after catching up with co-founder Riccardo Schiavotto to go behind the brand last year. Receive a $100 discount off your first purchase from Lanieri by entering code MODERNFELLOWS at checkout. Crafted in Italy from start to finish...

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3 Steps to Finding a Good Local Tailor

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Advice & Resources, Around DC, Custom tailoring, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

3 Steps to Finding a Good Local Tailor

You don’t think much about a tailor until you need one. When that moment comes, it can be a little anxiety-inducing.  Can the dry cleaner down the street do it? Would it be better to search Yelp reviews and blog posts for a dedicated tailor? How do I know if they are ripping me off?  At least, these are some of the concerns that have swirled around my head from time to time as I thought about where to take that custom suit jacket whose sleeves were too long, that...

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13 Amazing Sites to Shop for Menswear (and counting)

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Advice & Resources, Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

13 Amazing Sites to Shop for Menswear (and counting)

Information overload is a constant challenge in the digital age.  Blogs — including this one — review product after product, store after store, and the posts just keep coming.  So who are our favorites? Here’s a list of 13 of the best sites we’ve found to shop for menswear.  1. Ledbury Richmond-based Ledbury offers an amazing selection of off-the-rack dress and business casual shirts.  While their basic whites and blues are terrific, their...

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Backed by Italian Mills, Menswear Startup Lanieri Delivers Custom Suits Direct from Italy

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows, News | 1 comment

Backed by Italian Mills, Menswear Startup Lanieri Delivers Custom Suits Direct from Italy

Online custom tailors are everywhere, but how many can boast a pure Italian pedigree and the backing of a centuries-old fabric mill? Menswear startup Lanieri delivers made-to-measure suits and shirts crafted by Italian tailors using high-end Made-in-Italy fabrics.  Modern Fellows caught up with Lanieri co-founder Riccardo Schiavotto to go behind the brand. Schiavotto, who used to work as a consultant, had to wear a suit everyday to work.  As he started looking at next...

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