Tailor made suits
“The definition of the word bespoke comes from bespoken – giving the characteristic of choice. This in tailoring terms means to design clothing from a blank canvas, the client adding his own individual choice of styling to those of the skilled cutter.” (Henry Poole, Savile Row)
A bespoke suit can be whatever you desire. Clients choose from either single breasted one, two or three button or double breasted jackets. Extra trousers are a popular choice to prolong the life of the suit. Another option is a full canvas interior for the jacket – a free floating lining to ensure the jacket holds its shape for many years.
Other styling options include an adjustable waist, handmade open button holes on jackets cuffs, different lapel widths, additional pockets such as coin pockets, hand stitching on the lapels, side or centre vents and additional ticket pockets on jackets. We serve a diverse range of clients from the business, legal, sporting, racing and political arenas. We also have extensive experience outfitting and styling wedding parties.
Completion of your bespoke suit will take five weeks from the initial appointment.
Steel and May clients select from an extensive range of fine English, Italian and Scottish cloth. Many of the highest quality cloths are produced from Australian wool and are woven in Europe. Samples of the many fabrics are provided at the initial consultation for perusal by the client.
Typically the suit fabrics are graded for both weight (measured in ounces) and wool fineness (measured in ‘Super’ numbers). The heavier wool cloth is more durable and will tend to last longer than the lighter cloth, but may be uncomfortable in the Australian summer. We recommend fabric weights in the range of 9oz up to 12oz for everyday wear.
Wool fineness is measured in Super numbers – the higher the number, the finer the wool. Typically, wool is graded from Super 80s up to Super 200s. New technology and breeding techniques allow us access to finer wools than ever before, such as the Super 200s. However, these ultra fine fabrics are not always ideal for every day use as they are not as durable as the slightly coarser wools. Steel and May recommend fabrics from Super 100s up to Super 140s for everyday wear.
Steel and May suggests selecting from classic patterns and timeless styles including pinstripe, chalk stripe, herringbone, Prince of Wales, Birdseye, Houndstooth and plains. From here colours are added to bring in different variations and fabric choices.
Bespoke Suits from $1400
Bespoke Jackets from $900
Bespoke Trousers from $390
Dinner Suit from $1450
Shirts from $260