What's Pick Stitching?

Bespoke clothing involves a number of benchmark standards such as surgeon cuffs, full canvas construction, and a high level of hand finishing. And of particular note on bespoke jackets, is pick stitching.

Pick stitching on a bespoke sport coat

Hand picked stitching refers to the small and unobtrusive stitching that runs along the lapel (the collar of a jacket), around the pocket flaps and sometimes the breast pocket detail. It’s a classic feature of a high-end jacket and a clear indicator that you’re wearing a handmade garment.

Look for its close proximity to the outer edge of the jacket and its variation both in stitch length and alignment with the adjacent stitch – all clear indicators of custom handwork. A hand pick stitch is difficult to accomplish and can only be achieved by experienced craftsmen. At Bespoke Edge, our distinctive clothing is made by tailors with many years of experience and who build our clothes with painstaking detail. The best in pick stitching is often barely visible:

Pick stitching on a custom suit

On the other hand, machine pick stitching is often just an attempt to make a lower quality garment look handmade. But don’t be fooled, true hand pick stitching is certainly an art, and when it is crafted correctly the suit or jacket takes on a sophistication that is one-of-a-kind.

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