Every man, regardless of his occupation, needs to have one good suit in his closet. In an ideal world, that suit would be made specifically for his measurements — not for the masses and bought off the rack. Why? Suits tailored to your body fit better, are more comfortable and can make you look thinner. Traditionally, the word bespoke has been synonymous with ridiculously expensive. But thanks to Astor & Black Custom Clothiers, bespoke suits can be had at a fraction of the cost of Savile Row. The company, which has offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, just opened a new showroom in Dallas. Consultants visit clients in their homes or offices, taking more than 30 measurements, and then a physical pattern is made based on those measurements.
“We have a lookbook and bring samples with us, so clients can see the construction, the fabric and the features of the clothing,” explains Molly Schoen, one of Astor & Black’s Texas representatives. “We allow them to be Tom Ford for a day. It’s a head-to-toe experience. They get to choose what they want to wear, design their clothing, pick their fabric, pick their features.” Astor & Black makes suits, shirts, jackets, overcoats and ties, and it partners with companies like Allen Edmonds and Johnston & Murphy for shoes. The company also offers a small collection for women, which will be expanded by the end of the year. Men’s suits start at $499; delivery takes six to eight weeks. www.astorandblack.com