There is one essential hurdle in recommending a bespoke tailor shop: geography. A custom-made experience comes down to the individual shop, or even the individual tailor; so much of a custom suit is the custom part, from walking into the shop the first time, to being measured, to getting fitted and re-fitted. You have to be there, and be there for a while. It’s why we can’t condone getting a suit made on the cheap while you’re vacationing in southeast Asia and, for oddly similar reasons, why we’ve probably missed your favorite tailor shop in Dallas or San Francisco or Virginia. These are only five, after all. But they are an essential five: shops that cover a wide range of custom options, price points and styles. Where you get your suit, of course, will come down to where you happen to be.

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