Suits are making a comeback. Even in the hallowed halls of the Silicon and Ottawa Valleys, where tech executives would come in to the office wearing jeans, suits have once again reared their pinstriped and luxurious heads. Not just suits--but bespoke suits, are gaining traction thanks to movie characters like Daniel Craig's James Bond in Casino Royale. Bespoke is to men's clothing what haute couture is to women's clothing. Clothing that is tailor made to a customer's specifications is all the rage, and there is nothing quite so attractive as a garment that is made to fit an individual's body and personality. Corporate employees are opting for bespoke as opposed to wearing off the rack because of the irresistible confidence boost, but also because of the undeniable quality of a custom-made suit.
Not sure where to start? Inside Milton Magazine is doing some homework for you. We've taken two local businessmen, Seth Ferguson and Giles vanderHolt, and we're going to make over their suit closets with the help of Sam Surin New Royal Fashion out of Bangkok. Currently, some of the world's best tailors are in Bangkok. Sam Surin's factory has operated as a custom tailoring factory producing made to order garments for buyers all over the world for the last 21 years. Using top-quality European milled fabrics, and using traditional tailoring techniques from Italy and England, and the latest equipment from Germany and Japan, Sam Surin's skilled tailors produce tens of thousands of custom made suits for just about any body, from the general public to higher profile clients like Barack Obama and Jay Leno. Many high end men's shops around the world even send their tailoring work to factories like Sam Surin.
So how can you get a bespoke suit of your very own? Some of the Bangkok tailors, including Sam Surin, do an annual world tour. Sam was on his way to Canada and we managed to convince him to come to Milton to work with our fellas. Our first images in this month's issue feature Seth Ferguson and Giles vanderHolt in their old, off-the-peg suits. We plan to make them over and will reshoot them in their custom-made Sam Surin suits in a follow-up issue and you can judge for yourself. In the meantime, you don't need to wait to order your tailor made suit. You can go straight to the Sam Surin website to begin the process of ordering your new digs. The website includes and informative FAQ section, including an important section highlighting their commitment to adhering to international human rights and conservation norms. The company strictly follows wage regulations in Thailand and employs only skilled employees over the age of 21 at their facility.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our follow-up issue complete with our gentlemen makeovers. For more information about bespoke suits from Sam Surin, visit www.samsurin.com. Happy shopping boys!