Look around the world of commerce and industry today, and it would seem that ‘off-the-peg’ is distinctly out of fashion.
At one time, of course, before the great textile factories emerged, everyone’s shirt was bespoke, made to measure, tailor made - or, at least, made by your wife, if you didn’t have the means to pay a tailor. Originally simple undergarments, by the middle of the 19th century a shirt had become a key component of formal attire, and was cut and shaped to fit the dimensions of the individual wearer.
The age of branded menswear may have brought convenience and, yes, value to the purchasing of shirts, bringing a passable item into most people’s price range. But what did we lose in the process?
Fits Just Right
Be honest - how many off-the-peg shirts have you ever bought that you really enjoy wearing? How many fit you just right and make you look a million dollars when you wear it? How many are completely comfortable?
The truth is, it is very difficult to find an off-the-peg shirt which fits you just right. And the simple reason for that is, it wasn’t made for you. We are all unique, we all have different dimensions and ratios such as sleeve length to shoulder width, collar size to chest. Standard mass produced shirts are not designed to fit any real person, they are designed to satisfy a best fit compromise for all. In that sense, they are not made to fit any one exactly right.
But why compromise on style and comfort? A tailor made shirt fits only your measurements, your dimensions - it is as unique as you are.
Comfort and quality of fit are not the only reasons to go for a bespoke shirt, either. With off-the-peg shirts, your choices of fabric, colour, design and pattern are limited by what the buyers have decided to purchase for the coming season. You could spend a lot of time and effort searching and not find something that fits the picture of the perfect shirt you have in mind.
With a tailored shirt, your choices are almost unlimited. You decide all the design details, such as collar style, cuffs style and contrasting inlays. We have a huge range of luxurious fabrics, from formal to casual, plains to stripes and prints to jacquards. Your shirt is made to your own unique template and once this template is established, ordering your next shirt is as quick and simple as choosing the cloth.
So why not treat yourself and invest in a shirt that is all about you? At Richard Smith Bespoke, our shirts start from £170. We offer the very popular five made-to-measure shirts for the price of four and the price includes all adjustments, of course!