Custom Men Suit vs. Off-the-Rack Suits - Which One to Buy? Real Men Real Style Video Q&A

Uploaded by RealMenRealStyle on 07.06.2011

Custom Men Suit vs. Off-the-Rack Suits - Which One to Buy_ Real Men Real Style Video Q&A
Hi. I'm Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real Men Real Style. And today I'm going to be
answering your questions, the one that I get fairly often. And so, I wanted to go into
it in a bit more detailed. That way, I can answer this for you. I know there probably
be hundreds, if not thousands of men that are out there contemplating this question.
And it goes something like this. This is actually the question I received just the other day.
ìHello, Antonio. My name is and I am 38 years old. Iím in the market for starting a new
wardrobe. I do have the fairly frequent occasion to wear suits at formal events and I am wondering
whether or not I should pursue custom made suit is my initial new foundation suit, either
in charcoal of navy or whether I should opt to for a ready-to-wear suit with tailoring
as needed. I would think this first option would afford me the ability to learn those
features in the suit, which will be most beneficial of appealing to me before purchasing custom
suit. If the ready-to-wear option would be a good one, I would consider suits in a range
of approximately $1200. Do you have any recommendations for me?î And he gives a little bit of information
about his height and weight. And heís around five foot eleven, heís slender and he wears
a 38 regular jacket and heís got a 31-inch waste. He lives in Florida where itís hot
and humid. And thatí the information that I need.
So, a custom is not for everyone. And that may sound funny from custom clothier. Ideally,
what, I want to clothe everybody and make as much money as possible. But, really, guys,
custom I find is really either a man wants something very specific or heís hard to fit.
Usually, you fall in one of those two categories. And so, let me talk, you know, besides that,
you also need to think about ñ he needs to think about what are his needs about the fit
as I mentioned, also talk about what are his wants. So this does play in ñwe do get clients
who simply want a custom. They want the prestige that goes with that without having a label
in there. Basically, itís their label. And thereís also the cost benefit analysis and
something I think is important. Are you getting a good value? Is this something thatís going
to be worth it for you?
So, let me start off with the need. So, with this gentleman, he says he wears it frequently.
But, you know, thatís a pretty relative term and the one I would probably ask them to clarify
because if youíre only wearing this, I donít know, maybe three to four times a year, I
donít really see that as very frequent and a custom ñ if you based it on that, it may
not be the best option. Although ñ every time you wear a suit, you want to look great,
you know. Itís one of those things that if youíre not going to be wearing it very often,
you know, youíre probably not in this fears in which a suit is ñ I just like people to
put their money where itís going to be best used. And if youíre only going to wear that
suit, you know, for a wedding once a year. I oftentimes think you can ñ itís probably
worth your time to spend, you know, a lot of time going out there and trying to find
something that will work for you off the rack.
Now, if youíre going to wear a suit 50 times a year, letís say youíre an attorney or
20 times a year, and then all of a sudden weíre talking about something different because
I ñ you know, we try to make our suits at the quality level that youíre going to get
at least a decade of wear. And I donít recommend you taking it to the cleaner. I mean, basically,
I try to setup the stage so that you take care of your suit that you brush it regularly,
that you clean it when it needs to be clean. And letís guess, you know, 20 wears over
ten years, youíre talking 200 wears, which if you spend, you know, a thousand dollars
on a suit, weíre also talking five dollars a wear and you look great in it every time.
So in that case, the need to me is a little bit more towards custom. But thatís only
part of the equation. Letís talk about fit. This is a huge one. And if youíre hard to
fit, like this gentleman, heís 38 ñ wears a 38 jacket, which is harder to find. Itís
not impossible. I mean, you can pretty much ñ but it is the lower end. Once you start
getting into 36s and 34s, good luck. Iíve read the entire articles about how to find,
you know, this type of jackets. But basically, youíre going to have to either shop abroad
or youíre going to have to have something custom made or youíre going to have to be
in a larger city where theyíve actually got stores which will dedicate it to a man with
chest sizes, you know, that size. Itís just not normal in the United States. Itís on
ñ Iím not saying itís not normal. Itís basically on the far end of the bell curve.
And in anytime youíre on the end of those bell curves when it comes to fit, whether
youíre really big or youíre really thin or youíre small, really short, thatís when
you have trouble with fit.
And all of a sudden, thatís when a custom really starts to make sense because it goes
down to ñ and Iíll jump down to, you know, the cost benefit analysis. It comes down to
time and money for a lot of guys.
They donít have the time, and they need the suit now and they need to look good. And theyíre
going to go try to lend, letís say $500 or multimillion dollar deal in business or theyíre
going to be up in front of their congregation and they really want to make a strong presence.
In that case, you have to have, you know, a great fitting suit. And if youíre hard
to fit, you donít want to be up there and look like a clown. If youíre giving a presentation
in front of a group, you want them to focus on you, your eyes, your face. Itís about
communication. And you canít let your clothing ñ your clothing should just enhance and then
people should forget about it.
And if itís thereís a distraction, then, you know, itís pretty much failed in its
purpose. So getting back to the cost benefit analysis, this is where he has to say, ìOkay,
time and money, do I have the money for this? And is it worth my time?î Because pretty
much any man, unless youíre the tallest man in the world or one of the smallest, you can
find a suit out there. Somewhere in the world, that will fit you properly. Itís just a matter
of time and of searching. I mean, I hear guys looking for years, you know, going through
thrift shops. But since I donít have any resources, this works for them.
Again, cost benefit analysis, time, money, is it worth it to you? The last part is do
you ñ what do you want? And this kind of goes into need as well. I mean, heís down
in Florida. So, he wants a fabric, which is really a lightweight tropical wool. Itís
going to be much harder for him to find that if he walks in a JoS A. Banks or Menís Wearhouse.
Actually, they make their stuff pretty thin. But they use a lot of polyester fabrics.
You donít want a polyester fabric if youíre in a hot weather situation. In that case,
you want to start looking towards something that at least has 70 percent wool, six ñ
yeah, 65 to 70 percent wool. Once you start going below that, all of a sudden, you start
running in issues with the blends that arenít great. Ideally, though, you want a one hundred
percent tropical weight wool in hot weather. So this is both of want and a need because
you can get away with it, you know, having a polyester suit in Florida, but youíre going
to sweat and youíre not going to look great. But, you know, if youíre going to spend most
of your time indoors again, you may be able to get away with that.
So what else, you know, you may want. Little details. So youíll notice on, you know, this
jacket right here, Iíve got this little detail, Iíve got this unique fabric, which is pretty
much ñ I mean, Iím not going to run in to anyone else in the United States thatís going
to have a fabric like this. itís very ñ itís from a limited role. Little things like
that were my wants. And Iím custom clothier, so I could make this stuff happen. But, you
know, patched packets. These little types of details are wants but theyíre really cool
if you wear your clothing, if this is something that you use a lot and represents you. For
a lot of guys, it brings a bit of confidence. You know, itís like ñ itís like a carpenter
having a great set of tools, what, you know, whatever, you know, whether itíd be the wall
or, you know, what else, you know ñ okay, I donít know my carpentry tools super well.
But it is something that you see these guys go out and they spend a lot of money on good
equipment. You know what? Because good equipment does a great job, itís dependable and you
feel good about it and you donít, you know, have to worry about it breaking on you in
the middle of the job.
The same thing with clothing, for a lot of professions. So, if youíre a doctor and youíve
got to go meet with the board, theyíre at the hospital, you donít want them just walking
on your scrabsuit for them. They talk to you as, you know, one of the doctors or one of
the, you know, the staff there. You want to go in on the same level as these guys and
theyíre going to be wearing suits, you want to look great in a suit and you want to know
ñ and in that case, itís worth spending money, especially if youíre hard to fit or
if you want a particular detail, which just goes to show you pay attention to the details.
If youíre a lawyer, again, this is where presentation is very important.
If youíre a businessman, if youíre in sales, perhaps you want a particular color which,
you know, youíre going to get the fit right on your suit, which is going to say a lot
and people like dealing with healthy people. Thatís what, you know, a great fit. Thatís
what a great looking suit really does for a man. It makes them look healthy. So, getting
to, you know, the gentlemanís question, is a custom suit, is this what you want to build
your foundation on? I think it comes down to, does it fit your need? Are you hard to
fit? And does it have a cost benefit analysis? And do you really want it? To me, it sounds
like this gentleman is on the fence. Heís a bit hard to fit but a price range heís
looking at, he could go ñ at this point, I think he could go either way. I need to
learn a bit more about them and I think a lot is going to play into his wants. In addition
too, Iíd like to learn more about his needs and how often heís going to be wearing this
in addition to what his luck has been going out there and looking and trying his jacket
He may have a bit of ñ he may stoop over a bit. He may have vigor extents. Little things
like this all of a sudden make you harder to fit. And thatís where a custom clothier
like me specializes in. All right. So, hope I didnít confuse you, hope I clarified the
situation. But, you know, the big thing I want to get across is itís not a black and
white answer. Every man is unique and every man has to make the decision for himself.
And thatís why itís very important that you take the time to educate yourself in the
foundations of menís style.
This is Antonio with Real Men Real Style. Take care.