- Oct 24, 2008
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I'm puzzled by what appeal there could be for brand-name, designer clothing among men who can afford personal tailoring on a regular basis. I wear both. Only about a quarter of my suits and jackets are bespoke. If I had the cash I would never wear a stitch of off-the-rack clothes again. I enjoy all of my wardrobe but, but even my most well-fitting RTW clothes would be superior if they had been hand-made for me personally. I have one excellent Ralph Lauren sportcoat that cost more than a similar bespoke sportcoat made for me in a humble, hole-in-the wall shop in Korea: the RL can't compete with the other, in terms of fit, sillhouette, and craftsmanship. And the tailoring on the other wasn't even fully bespoke. There's no clothing brand in the world whose style can't be replicated by a competent tailor. It seems to me that some men believe that a brand-name carries some sort of intangible and unique "essence" that can be found nowhere else. That's just mystification. My two cents.