At the same time, though, the world's top suit makers haven't seen too much of a drop-off in theirbusiness. The tech billionaires of the late 1990s weren't exactly regular customers on Savile Row.Bespoke tailors like
Anderson & Sheppard
in London or
in Milan can produce only alimited number of suits per year and have no difficulty attracting new and repeat clients willing topay upwards of $3,000 for a handmade suit.When creating this list of the World's Best Men's Suits, we took into consideration the three keyelements that go into choosing a suit: price, style and quality. We looked at the best buys inbespoke, ready-made and more cutting-edge suits from top tailors in the U.S. and Europe. It wasimportant to cover a wide range so that the recent business school grad owing more than $40,000 instudent loans could still look good without going even deeper into debt. Moreover, there are lots ofnewly minted executive vice presidents and managing directors out there who may feel it's time tostep up sartorially.While there are many excellent tailors we left off our list, we know that the ones that made it arerecognized as the paragons of the industry not only by their customers but also by their peers. So ifyou are someone who has recently started wearing suits again, or you are maybe interested inlearning about a new tailor, we present this handy field guide to finding the right suit to suit your job and your lifestyle.To find out more about our methodology, and how to select and buy a suit, click on the links below.
Which Suit Is Right For You?
"The biggest problem in teaching men how to dress is that there's no one for them to look at," says
, author of
Dressing the Man
(Harper Collins, 2002), who believes that one of theprimary reasons business casual failed is that the apparel industry never showed men how to lookgood in it. "Men in general definitely need help with suits. But once it's explained why they shouldbuy a particular garment, they're pretty quick studies."Suits can be broken down into three basic styles: European (i.e., Italian), British and American. TheEuropean suit typically has padded shoulders, no vents, a full-chested and V-shaped jacket and"slash"--i.e., flapless--pockets. Across the English Channel, the classic British suit sports a militarydemeanor with padded shoulders, two vents, pinched waist, flap pockets and boldly striped orplaid patterns. On our side of the pond, the epitome of traditional American styling is the "sacksuit" favored by Ivy Leaguers back in the 1920s, with natural shoulders, one vent in the back,straight-hanging lines and flap pockets. Many designers cross cultural lines, such as Bronx nativeRalph Lauren, who has a distinct Anglo-Saxon sensibility, and the Italianesque ensembles ofAmerican
.For tailoring options, the bespoke suit is the finest. Best exemplified by the enduring shops ofLondon's Savile Row, such as
Anderson & Sheppard
, bespoke suits are createdby exacting teams of highly skilled tailors and artisans to fit your every inch. They may take up tofive fittings and six weeks of work to complete, and starting prices run upwards of $3,000.Meanwhile, Hong Kong is loaded with bespoke tailors who, though not the bargain they used to