3 August 2018
LORD’s 1974 : Robinsons KL Level 2 at Shoppes @ Four Seasons Place KL
Sportiva stands for “sporty” in Italian, which is a trend increasingly seen in the suit style. Suits is no longer just a formal wardrobe for work and functions, but also a great choice of attire for occasions where the individual style calls for the wearer to be more casual but still stylish without being too scruffy.
Firstly, make sure that casual doesn’t mean loose fitting. Go for a well fitted suit to ensure it doesn’t look scruffy but still neat and modern. Match the suit with a polo shirt or t-shirt for a more relaxed look. Then pick a neat athleisure sneakers – not the type with too much bells and whistles. Keep it simple.
Another secret to a “Sportiva” look is to mis-match things. Instead of donning an entire suit, match your royal blue sports jacket with a pair of neutral chinos in tan for a classic, yet stylish, laid-back look.
And finally, keeping it casual doesn’t mean you can’t throw on a pocket square to keep things interesting. Opt for a patterned or colored square. And now’s the time to experiment with rougher fabrics like cotton and linen blend pocket squares. These might be a little too rugged with a silk tie and shirt but, perfect for your chilled-out looks.
What is Made to Measure?
With the resurgence of interest in personalisation, high-end MTM has become more widely available in recent years, particularly among Italian brands that don’t do bespoke such as Brioni, Caruso, Pal Zileri, Canali, Cucinelli etc. In fact, even Ermenegildo Zegna’s Su Misura meant Made to Measure up until only very recently when the luxury menswear brand introduced Zegna Atelier in Milan, which offering full bespoke.
Made to Measure or MTM is essentially a custom made service where garments are customised to your size based on an existing mould. The process is similar to bespoke where an MTM consultant takes the customer’s measurements and choices in cloth and style and does an initial fitting at the point of consultation. The requirements are then are sent to the workshop and the result after a few weeks’ wait is a suit cut to your personal dimensions. The chest, waist, hips, suit length, sleeve length, trouser length and trouser waist are all your personalised measurements.
The greatest benefits of MTM is of course getting a custom made suit at a price point that is closer to RTW than bespoke. On top of that, having an initial fitting at the point of consultation allows a customers preferences to be more accurately noted due to the availability of different cuts or fits which customers can try on and discuss with the MTM consultant upfront. And similar to bespoke, our MTM service also allows you to pick your material, lining and style. The level of customisation is as extensive as bespoke in every aspect – # of buttons on jacket, pocket style, vent options, pant pleats, cuffs, interior lining, lapel width and choice of buttons. MTM is meant to be more of an efficient checklist to order a custom suit, which in many cases is preferable for customers who are new to the ordering a custom suit.
Our MTM suits go through the same strict tailoring process that are applied to our bespoke suits to ensure the same craftsmanship. In fact, the same seamstresses that put together our bespoke suits also handle our MTM orders. This is how LORD’s takes the MTM experience one step further to ensure exacting fit and precise quality.
If you are in a hurry to get a custom made suit, the good news is that MTM suits can be completed in a much faster timeframe compared to bespoke suits. Our record so far is 3 working days for a tourist.
But of course, MTM is not suitable for all suit wearers. There are certain gents with specific body shapes like hunchbacks and slanted shoulders who will find it hard to find a suitable MTM fit to start with, so a full bespoke suit is required. This is because a new pattern is created for each individual wearer. No modification or use of base patterns, as that could lead the tailor to miss some of the small nuances of the wearer’s body such as the slope of the shoulder, the arch of the back, etc.
The price of our MTM suits start from RM1,799.
RTW vs MTM vs Bespoke
At the end of the day, you buy RTW for the design and the price.
You choose MTM when you want to change the fit and to personalise the suit.
And you choose bespoke when you want a mixture of the best fit and the best quality.
For those who feel a precise fit is always the most important thing about a suit, as it has such possibility to flatter a man – to make him look leaner, stronger and sharper, that is the biggest reason to choose bespoke.