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"over-dressing" for interviews

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GQgeek, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. pstoller

    pstoller Senior member

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    The dictionary definition of "bespoke" is "made to order." If someone submitted or commissioned an original design for cufflinks, or modified an existing design as a custom-only variation, I'd accept that they were bespoke.
     
  2. ulf

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    I think I saw somewhere that bespoke comes from "spoken for". Your answer is correct but I'm wondering if there's more to it? Dictionaries don't always explore the finer nuances...

    Made to order and bespoke is the same thing? How do you distinguish between made to measure/order and "real" tailoring (as in traditional Savile row) linguistically? Is it all simply "not standard retail", so to speak, and therefor bespoke?
     
  3. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think all these words are pretty exchangeable with each other. Ozvald Boateng, one of the "new men" in Saville Row calls his ready-to-wear range "Bespoke Couture", they are neither bespoke nor couture. I don't think any of the words has any meaning in itself (and no legal protection), the terms are defined by the convention of a particular line of business.
     
  4. ulf

    ulf Well-Known Member

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    Alright, guys. Thanks for clearing that up.
     
  5. Joe G

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    I very well could be wrong. I designed a few cufflinks and had them made out of billet aluminium at a custom wheel shop. Only cufflinks they've ever made, and probably the only ones they ever will. [​IMG] Peace, JG
     
  6. pstoller

    pstoller Senior member

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    Can cufflinks be bespoke?
    I...had them made out of billet aluminum at a custom wheel shop.
    So, even if they're not bespoke, they might be spokes. [​IMG]
     

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