Brand Review: Tailor4Less
For a blogger who is passionate about menswear and delves deep into its universe on a daily basis, it’s surprisingly difficult not to get carried away with brands and garments that embody my aspirational style. While I try to present an extensive selection suitable for all wallets, I must admit that most personal favourites are way out of my budget: be them bespoke suits or pieces from top tier brands. Although my predisposition to spend on clothing is (way?) above average, my purchases are carefully chosen, taking into account all the variables in the equation. That being said, this time around I’m reviewing a brand for all those who don’t want to go bankrupt in the process of updating their wardrobe.
Founded in 2008, Tailor4less has established itself as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to affordable, customizable garments. Its website presents a wide selection of custom made garments, including shirts, trousers, suits, blazers and coats. Recently I got a chance to order one of their blazers and fully customize it to my liking and body measurements. The ordering process is quite intuitive, giving you the option to customize a model from scratch or tweak an existing one: everything from style (single, double breasted or nehru), fit, pockets, buttons, vents, lapels, linings or embroidery can be adjusted accordingly. Following model choices, you are presented with a variety of fabrics to choose from and although technical specs can be found, my experience recommends that you order samples prior to completing your order so there are no surprises there. Finally, you move on to body measurements which can be estimated according to a surprisingly accurate algorithm, or introduced manually; needless to say that optimum results are achieved by measuring each required parameter.
For my blazer I opted for something different. A 6x2 double breasted version in aubergine, featuring peak lapels, patch pockets, kissing buttons and paisley lining with my initials embroidered. A rarely seen shade, aubergine portrays a subdued elegance which pairs as beautifully with classic navy or charcoal as with contrasting colors such as white, camel or light grey. Even with several additional options, the final price was 160€ and shipping was free using DHL. The quality and fit are similar to ready to wear alternatives retailing for about double the price, which is quite impressive for this price point. By dressing it up and accessorizing in the right way, the blazer immediately shows its full potential. However, you get what you pay for: the lower price tag of made in China comes at a cost which is more noticeable when you examine details such as stitching and buttonholes or actual construction.
Overall, I find Tailor4less to be a great alternative for everyone looking for affordable custom made garments, either as means to express their creative side or because their body type isn’t suited to off-the-rack clothing. The hard to match price tag, nice fit and decent quality, make it a valid option for all those on a tight budget.
Details: double breasted blazer by Tailor4less, cardigan by H&M, mto spread collar shirt by RCC Premium Shirtmakers, white denim by Purificacion Garcia, limited edition Buttero x Por Vocação suede derby shoes, shades by Linda Farrow Luxe, polka dot tie by Vicri, pocket square by Lobo Marinho and watch by Rolex.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Ph: Filipa Alves
Store Info: Purificacion Garcia
There are some brands who despite their international approach and presence, still remain unmistakably linked to their unique charismatic origins. There’s no doubt cultural and historical background play a huge role in the way people dress, take for instance the preppy inheritance reflected by American brands such as Ralph Lauren or Gant. There’s something appealing to me in brands that are able to reproduce this cultural aspect and one of my favourites in this field is Purificacion Garcia.
If you’ve been following me for a while you might’ve come across several items from the Spanish brand incorporated into my looks. It’s ability to constantly deliver an unexpected take on classics with a bold, playful attitude resembling that of Spaniards themselves, is visible through the attention paid to details in every single garment. Besides its discreet contrasting color square logo, most items feature lots of color and small tweaks such as different color threads on each button, colored buttonholes or contrasting fabrics in the most unexpected places. Unique, updated, fun and versatile is how I would describe Purificacion Garcia.
With pieces including different ranges from classic 3 piece suits, up to washed polo shirts, business and casual shirts and an array of knitwear alternatives, this is one of those few brands where you could actually build a solid wardrobe covering the entire spectrum of your daily needs and social agenda: be it black tie events or a relaxing day at the beach. Heavily marked by the use of color and attention to fit, while featuring a unique spicy aesthetic between Spanish and Italian styling, this is definitely a brand to keep an eye out for.
I’ve had the chance to work with them in styling some looks from their SS13 collection, so stay tuned for future posts!