Our Bespoke Advisor Weighs Fashion v Style [Plus The Wingtip Suit’s Debut]

A common question that is asked when considering custom clothing is “What’s the difference between fashion and style in custom clothing?”

Before anything is said about custom clothing, the overall consideration of fashion versus style needs to be addressed.  Generally, fashion represents the most current, and, oftentimes, short term trends in styles being shown at the retail level of the distribution chain.  On the other hand, style is usually associated with longer lasting looks in the industry.

However, it is not uncommon for long-lasting styles to be born out of radical fashion statements. Several years ago, some rather avant garde designers began showing men’s suits with very short, snugly fit coats accompanied by extremely tight trousers with hems 1 to 2 inches above a man’s shoe top. The coat lapels were approximately an inch and one half wide, and the trousers were to be worn below a gent’s hip. As radical as that fashion statement was, it has influenced the menswear industry to the point that even the most classic houses have incorporated slimmer models for a more contemporary, updated silhouette.

Custom clothing actually offers the optimal means a gentleman can, so to speak, have it both ways. That is, if one desires a garment to work as both a solid wardrobe investment value while having a genuine, distinctive look, custom clothing is the right choice.

To that end, on March 28 and 29, we are officially introducing the Wingtip suit. The suit will be available in three fits, from trim to classic. And we will, of course, offer a selection of fabrics from the world’s premier fabric mills, including our guests, Scabal. Schedule a fitting ahead of time through bespoke@wingtip.com.

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Bruce Zuckerman

Bespoke Director, Bruce Zuckerman brings over two decades of custom clothing experience to Wingtip, including years of working with the same factories Wingtip is using for custom suits, coats, and shirts. Zuckerman sold men's and boys' clothing during his college years, but left for a lucrative career in computer tech. After 17 years, the computers were less than satisfying, and he plunged into an uncertain but ultimately rewarding career in clothing. Zuckerman prefers the versatility of solid fabrics, but has a soft-spot for bold pinstripes and Glenplaid.

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