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