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Behind every well-dressed gent is a damn good suit, and behind every damn good suit are damn fine measurements. Canadian e-tailer Indochino takes the guesswork out of that whole process: Simply punch in your numbers, pick out your fits and fabrics, and voilá—a made-to-measure suit arrives in your mailbox. If wielding a tape measurer isn't exactly your strong suit, there's good news: Starting this week, the bespoke e-commerce company's Traveling Tailor is coming to LA for the very first time to take care of it all for you.
From Friday, February 21st to Sunday, March 2nd, head to the stylish suiters' pop-up at the Beverly Atrium to customize your kit, down to the lapel to the lining. The consultation takes only 30 minutes, and suits start at just $449. To sweeten the deal, the brand's also offering a free shirt ($169 value) with your purchase. Once you're ready for your Bond or Draper moment, you'll need to book your appointment online here. (Hurry, spots are filling up fast!)
To get you prepped, we had a chat with Indochino's retail merchandising manager and style guru, Anthony Trinidad. For pro pointers on the best fabric for LA weather, the one must-have suit and more, click on the jump below.
What's the one staple suit every man should have in his wardrobe and why?
"If you have to pick one suit to have, I would suggest a three-piece navy blue solid suit. Notch lapel, two buttons, and two vents. Every man should be prepared for any situation; [navy] is the color that works for all occasions and it blends well with any color you try to match with it."
What's the benefit of getting a custom suit rather than buying one straight off the rack?
"Because every body type is different, and more often than not, an off-the-rack suit would never fit an individual quite as well as a made-to-measure suit. And since men generally don't get their garments tailored once they purchase it, to get a garment made for your body type right out of the box is ideal."
What are the most common mistakes guys make when buying a suit?
"I feel the most common mistake men make when buying a suit is that they don't do their research before they make a purchase. Men generally are not avid shoppers, and they tend to just buy what they feel comfortable with. They want a good suit, so they will go to other stores that sell off the rack, and purchase what they think looks good, and may or may not get it tailored to fit their form accordingly. What we do at Indochino is give our clients a made-to-measure suit that would fit much more appropriately to their body type, and our customer service team as well as our staff at our Traveling Tailor pop-up shops can guide our clients to make the right decisions based on their individual needs."
Any other tips?
"Do your research before you purchase a suit. Ask yourself: 'What situations would I need to wear a suit? What suits do I already have in my wardrobe that I need to replace or fill in gaps? What am I willing to spend? What LOOK am I going for?'"
What fabrics do you recommend for LA's mostly sunny weather?
"Wool is your friend. It helps keep your body heat in when it gets cold, and breathes very well during warmer weather, too. When it comes to color and style of the suit, it would depend more on the individual and what their needs are in regards to purchasing a suit. As long as the gentleman if confident in what he's wearing, that confidence will reflect out into the world."
· Indochino [Official Site]