The quest for custom clothing at reasonable prices can be a long and perilous road to traverse, often filled with dashed hope, false promises and more pitfalls than the combined Indiana Jones saga (not counting Crystal Skull of course). But it is my quest, nay my fate, and why I am writing and you are reading (hopefully) this. So when I discovered yet another online site that professes to offer custom, made-to-measure clothing you can understand my trepidation, but like Frodo standing on the precipice of Mount Doom I once again plunged my ring in to the fire.
I am of course talking about Tailor4Less the online custom clothing company which was founded in 2008, with headquarters in Barcelona and Shanghai. They offer a range of services to men and women, from suits, trousers to coats. I dipped my toes in to the water with a custom shirt.
Let us start with the website, it is clean and crisp, like a well starched shirt. The design tool is very easy and straight forward to use, they use a system where you input your height, weight and age to estimate your measurements or you can measure yourself. I used the estimator and all the measurements came out correct except for one which was a few centimeters out, which I corrected.
When it comes to designing your item of clothing you can customise things such as the cut, style of the collars, cuffs and pockets. There are several optional extras, for shirts you can liven them up with elbow pads, stitching, contrasting collars and monograms, but these will cost you a few pounds extra on top of the standard price.There is a good choice of fabrics in a multitude of colours; I was impressed that they offer fabrics in 100% wool and 100% cotton compared to other companies that offer cheaper blended materials.
After two weeks a package arrived baring my name. I must say two weeks is a very impressive turn around and broke all records for custom clothing. I have waited longer for a normal shirt to arrive, let alone one that has been custom made.
So I opened the package and tried on my new shirt, firstly it fit perfectly (much to my satisfaction and relief) secondly I was very happy with my fabric choice which looked even better than it did online.
To sum up all in all I was a happy customer, there may be other companies that offer more showy or elaborate materials and customization, but when it comes to quality of the material Tailor4Less offers the best I've seen so far at a competitive price. I look forward to expanding my wardrobe with more of their creations in the future.
Well it seems another part of my quest has been completed, so until our next adventure I did a stylish farewell.