As promised, dapperQ wedding candidate #D-4689 (just kidding, it was Robin and she is guinea pig number uno) and I had her custom fit at MySuitNY.com last Friday. We went through the full selection process but, after Robin’s (apparently terrific) pop saw her sartorial quandary as portrayed in the Washington Post, he is also going to have her meet with his tailor in Connecticut. I find out manana, and will soon thereafter share, which custom option she will make in a world that already has more than when she reached out to dapperQ.
As these photos show, our experience was pretty great. For a base price of $495 (which includes 70% of the fabric choices), dapperQ’s can get a custom made suit for which you select the fabric, lining, buttons, cut of pockets, monograph, suspender buttons, thread details, etc. I’ve seen a couple of other custom suit companies but none near this price point. (I know we’ve got to make headway on options that don’t require a trip to NYC. Please make note if there are others we can be getting in to the dapperQ mix?)
We worked with Chike who can be seen measu The head designer and president of the company also made an appearance. Both seemed concerned that their framework wouldn’t work for women, an audience for which they felt they would need to develop a whole new fitting and selection system.
Before you take offense, remember that women’s suits have silly things like buttons on the other side (god knows which) and darts, etc. They also have different general body frames (MySuitNY builds its suits starting from a base of four common male body types.) I think what they didn’t expect was that dapperQ’s want a suit to really fit, but we don’t want it to look like it’s a woman’s suit. Chike assured me that many men also have hips and big butts and while the majority don’t have breasts, they do have pot bellies. We could easily see how room needed to accommodate a man’s belly could also accommodate a woman’s belly or breasts.
What was amazing was to learn of the choices that men who care about how they look can make in this process. (Given how relatively limited their choices are in terms of suits, ties, shirts and colors, these details make sense but are especially delightful for those of us who want ALL OF IT!) For instance, there are four buttons and corresponding button holes on the sleeve of the jacket. Chike always uses a highlight thread (I think it was blue?) on the third button hole because he is the third son. One of his clients always outlines the first button hole in gray because he has gray in his hair.
More on Robin’s process as it develops. (I’ll not be giving details on the suit lest her lovely bride wants to peak.)