I normally don’t cover the sartorial spin of products, but when I have a chance to satisfy my clothes horse and tech tendencies simultaneously I have to jump on it.
This week on theSync, bargain basement bespoke tailoring for the successful man
Before kids and starting my most recent venture, I was quite the fan of bespoke tailoring. There’s nothing like having a suit that fits your body. Clothes that snug your backside exactly helps you feel more confident taking on the world with renewed vigor I’ve had suits and shirts made by the foreign produced, journeymen tailors, Raja Fashions, and was none concerned. Raja’s tailors travel to a number of cities year round, measuring all of your body’s nooks and crannies to get the best fit.
Sending in measurements to a tailor in the cloud is another matter altogether. iTailor.com is an online service promising to make tailor made clothing at the very best prices. I’ve been beating around their bushes since last fall after losing a lot of weight. I’ve been wanting some really nice shirts and first happened on their site. I took the plunge 4 weeks ago, and I have to admit. I’m very impressed. I took the low risk option and ordered a shirt made with their cheapest white cotton material.
iTailor uses an Adobe Flash powered online application that gives you a decently rendered shirt model to view your options. iTailor gives you all of the usual customization options: collar, cuffs, tail styles and number of buttons, but they go further. Shoulder epauletts, sunglass pockets, and accent fabrics are also available. Plus more. I decided to go all out on my first go ‘round. I chose a red button hole stitching for contrast, added the sunglass pocket, and secondary fabric on the outside and inside plackets. I also chose and unabashedly flamboyant collar style.
The result. A perfectly tailored shirt that feels great. (Perfectly tailored according to the measurements we sent it. Admittedly, I did pad the numbers upwards in case we were measuring properly) My wife measured me, guided by their handy online videos demonstrating how to measure your chest, stomach, and arms. I can’t complain, the fit is great.
There were some nit picky things. The cheap fabric is…cheap. I had no idea what a sunglass pocket was before ordering this shirt, and I like how it looks on the outside, but the extra fabric on the inside of the shirt is noticeable. But that’s on me. Other than that, for $29 before shipping, I can’t complain.
From inspection, my shirt was made in Thailand and was claimed to be hand made. Since I own some bespoke shirts currently, I think it is handmade comparing the internals of the seams.
Will I order another shirt from iTailor. Yup. I’ll definitely try one of their designer fabrics next time. Bold stripes, patterns, and colors are my thing and I’ll be rocking those next time. It doesn’t look like they have as broad a fabric and pattern choice as a Raja, but you also aren’t paying Raja money.
iTailor is currently holding a huge sale on their shirts and you can check them out at iTailor.com.
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I’m Will Mapp, thanks for listening, and reading.
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