What is bespoke clothing?

By on November 3rd, 2012

Have you ever been curious as to what is bespoke clothing? Perhaps you were searching for a suit when you came across this term. Clearly, at Bespoke Edge, this is our bread and butter.

The word “bespoke” is derived from the verb to bespeak, to “speak for something”/to give order for it to be made. The term dates back to the 17th century, when tailors held the full lengths of cloth in their premises.  When a customer chose a length of material, it was said to have “been spoken for.” Hence a tailor who makes your clothes individually, to your specific personal requirements, is called “bespoke.” Using your pattern, the cloth is then cut and trimmed and a single tailor is given the task of sewing the parts of the garment together. This is unlike “made-to-measure,” which simply uses a basic, pre-existing template pattern, which is then adjusted to roughly your  individual measurements.


Using a gentleman’s imperfect body as inspiration, the tailor fashions a garment that caters to the owner’s strength. The experience promises to be among the most rewarding you will encounter. Men who try bespoke tailoring often become lifetime advocates, simply because no off the rack garment or modified stock garment can compare. We look forward to helping you with your clothing needs!