Alex McCart walks into the Reiss on Bleecker St. moments after hopping off a jet plane from London. In a black turtleneck and speckled grey tweed one button jacket hugging his rail thin frame, he is impeccably relaxed yet put together. McCart is the gentleman who heads up the personal tailoring program for Reiss back in the UK. He is in town this afternoon to introduce Reiss’ personal tailoring initiative stateside…and to size me up.
Few things in life are more luxurious or uniquely personal than a tailor made suit. The Reiss Personal Tailoring experience is a manageable seventeen stage process which ensures every detail is explored to craft your perfect suit. It allows the client to become the designer in choosing every detail from fabric, styling, lining, and trims. After a conversation about what I have in mind, Alex and I flip through his swatch book judiciously fingering flannels, tropical wools, tweeds—weighing the pros and cons of each that catch my eye.
Reiss’ point of view is expectedly British—buttoned up, a little shoulder, refined yet modern. I have been daydreaming about a double-breasted suit for some time. And while convention is to opt for a dark solid in your first silhouette of anything, I'm feeling bold. Now seems as good as time as any to go for it—after all, it’s going to fit like a glove. I land on a tropical wool Glen Urquhart plaid. The jacket* boasts a half canvas, peak lapels, a red undercollar melton, surgeon’s cuffs with a red contrast stitch buttonhole and my initials embroidered on the inside near the hip. I finish off the trousers with side adjusters and a 1.5” cuff.
The experience ranges from $995-$1695, depending on fabric selection and options like adding a waistcoat. After your first consultation and a couple fittings, your suit is ready to wear after five weeks. It is the pinnacle of dressing for the gentleman who appreciates Reiss' modern British point of view. For me, I love dressing mine down a bit with a lived-in pair of selvedge denim and English benchmade shoes.
*courtesy of Reiss
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