What is Bench Made

Between the extremes of bespoke and ready-to-wear has existed, since the end of the 19th century, a “grey area of garments for which the customer was measured, but that were then made up to the closest standard size, often, but by no means always, in a factory.”

The distinction made here is between bespoke, created without use of a pre-existing pattern, and made to measure, which alters a standard-sized pattern to fit the customer.

Technological change makes this distinction more subtle, since “fittings are increasingly required for both bespoke and made-to-measure; a bespoke service may require an individually-cut pattern, which is then kept should further suits be required, and now made-to-measure measurements are often stored too, on a computer. Even hand-work, often cited as a benchmark of bespoke, is now increasingly found in made-to-measure garments, while machine-making plays some part in the creation of most bespoke suits”.

The 5 Classifications of Menswear


Off the Rack or Ready-To-Wear Suits

  • Standard size suits that work within just a few of your body’s measurements and are only available in a handful of patterns and colors
  • Most of these suits are not fully canvassed nor made from 100% graded wool
  • Uncomfortable impression of suiting
  • We recommend never spending over $800 on these and be prepared to spend $200 on proper tailoring

Made To Measure

  • Factory Made Suits that are often pre-cut patterns typically offered by retail shops as a better alternative
  • Can only work with the math of the suit from a handful of your measurements
  • This process is not able to work with the art of your body as well as your precise preferences

Custom Suits

  • Unfortunately your common Custom Menswear is made by factory machinery off of several measurements as well as the art of your body
  • Options for any size, detail and fabric choice
  • If you are like most men and do not enjoy shopping, going to the tailor, being stuck with an ill-fitting suit while looking like everyone else, this is where you should begin

Bench-Made Suits

  • D. Jones introduces as a better way of tailoring as well as the orthodox way of old world suit tailoring
  • We have all of the benefits as Custom but our suits are man made with hand-cut patterns
  • Carefully constructed with a sewing machine and hand-finishing
  • A more durable stitch, a lighter canvassing and a more precise fit that will leave you with the best feeling suit you have ever worn

True Bespoke

  • A word that many people throw around, but here at D. Jones we honor our trade and this sacred word
  • A suit that is completely done by your personal Master Tailor
  • The Tailor must be a Master Tailor, that personally measures you, hand-cuts your pattern, your fabric, and hand stitches your entire suit over several different fittings that normally takes one year
  • We recommend that you go to Savile Row with $10,000 to spend on a suit

Bench-Made standards particularly stress

  • Hand work used almost entirely on all garments
  • the individual cut of a paper pattern
  • personal service such as qualified advice
  • a large selection of fabrics
  • keeping of all records for future orders
  • involvement in approved training that ensure standards are adhered to