One of the many special features of anything handmade is “Uniqueness”. What a master can ensure is the top-notch quality, consistency and the level of expertise but at the end of the day, she is a human being who has a unique mind which makes it imperative that there is some difference in the two items of the same type that she produces. She is not a robot, not a mechanized apparatus that can be programmed to produce a large number of replicas. In fact, that is the precise reason why machines were built – to produce replicas. Handmade meant custom made limited editions, more often than not, limited to one piece. It still means the same.
Another big benefit of handmade is the level of customization. For a consumer, personalization can make a lot of difference between a good impression and a great impression. The same is true for custom clothing – be it shirts, trousers or the whole suit. The level of fit that a custom made shirt offers does a lot to not just the personality but also to the confidence.
Customization applies not just to the stitched parts but also to the overall expression that reflects the taste and individuality of a person. When coupled with high-quality wares and skilled craftsmen, the end product is something that is unmatched. A fashion end product is made to fit the personal specifications, the styling preferences and even the optimizations as per the budget constraints.
What you should be looking for in case you have decided that your next shirt, trouser of your next suit should be custom made? Custom made is an elaborate affair – which means if you are ready to put the extra effort in the “design” process, you would be duly rewarded with a great custom made end-product. The first part of the design process is:-
1. Research – choose your tailor wisely. Look for recommendations and someone who offers you suggestions. Someone who concurs with you about everything might not be offering their true (and best) advice.
2. Fabric – Custom made requires rich raw materials. If you are planning on cutting corners, then it would be better if you go looking for an end product that fits your budget aligned with the final version of your choice.
3. Customization – assess the level of customization offered by the tailor. Look for the range of not just the fabrics but also the cuts and fits offered by them.
4. Service – know about the level of after-sales service offered by your tailor. Custom made product makers are generally open to free alterations and adjustments which makes the service all the more personalized.
Lastly, understand that custom made products take time. You may want to inquire about the expedited program (if any) but would not want to the rush the maker. It is not worth the risk.