From Suits to Shirts: The 19 Best Bespoke and Made-to-Measure Menswear Shops in NYC

A global pandemic came and receded, and once the dust settled it was clear that we didn’t wish to live in sweatpants for the rest of our lives. As a matter of fact, it’s an exciting time to take an interest in the rarefied world of bespoke, custom and made-to-measure clothing in New York, as the city is awash with local and international artisans, heritage makers working at the top of their craft and young designers putting their own stamp on a centuries-old art.

But first, a note on terminology, as not all personalized tailoring is made at the same level. At the entry point is made-to-measure, which is often made with the same quality and at the same facilities as ready-made clothing but differs in that its pre-set “block” or pattern has been altered to account for a client’s measurements and certain styling preferences, including their choice of fabric. Made-to-measure clothing arrives in near-final form save for the placement of the sleeve buttons but can be additionally altered to better fit the client.

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Bespoke, also called “bench made,” represents the other side of the spectrum. Rather than adjusting a factory’s pre-existing templates, a tailor will create an entirely new pattern for the client. This allows for a much fuller range of customizations and fit adjustments over a greater number of fittings, which typically begins with a temporary “basted” fitting held together by string.

That, however, is only the most broadly accepted definition—other considerations, such as whether the pattern is drawn on paper or the garment features additional levels of handmaking will vary by maker. As this suggests, many firms fall somewhere between these two poles and define themselves under the big-tent classification of “custom,” which can be understood as a blend of the two.

Now, whether your next custom commission will be a three-piece suit or a polo shirt, consult the list of makers below.

Alexander Black

Alexander Black
Alexander Black

Operating outside of a space in Crown Heights, Alexander Black offers potential clients with three levels of make. Its custom suits are made overseas utilizing a digital customer pattern based on 25 individual measurements. The semi-bespoke offering, meanwhile, relies on a hand-struck paper pattern and includes more handwork at vital points including the shoulder and sleeves. Finally, its full bespoke make is produced start-to-finish by a single tailor in New York City and requires more than 70 hours of labor.

Address: 865 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Phone: +1 347-600-8217
Website: http://alexanderblacknyc.com/


Angel Ramos New York

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Credit: 18th Amendment

18th Amendment

Address: 13 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014
Website: https://angelny.com/


Alan Flusser Custom

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Credit: Rose Callahan Photography

Rose Callahan Photography

Address: 3 East 48th Street, Floor 3, New York, NY 10017
Phone: +1 212-888-4500
Website: https://alanflusser.com


The Armoury

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Credit: Harry Zernike

Harry Zernike

Address: 168 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013; 13 East 69th St, New York, NY 10021
Phone: +1 646-613-7613
Website: https://thearmoury.com


Cad & The Dandy

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Credit: Zeph Colombatto

Zeph Colombatto

Address: 130 W 57th Street, 11B, New York, NY 10019
Phone: +1 917-400-4804
Website: https://www.cadandthedandy.com


F.E. Castleberry

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Credit: F.E. Castleberry

F.E. Castleberry

Address: 14 Christopher Street, No.1, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10014
Website: https://fecastleberry.com


Genuardi Master Tailor

Genuardi Master Tailor
Genuardi Master Tailor

The eponymous Joseph Genuardi left a career in industrial design to study under one of Philadelphia’s last remaining bespoke tailors, eventually clinching the position of head tailor at Martin Greenfield. Genuardi struck out on his own in 2016 and now works out of a converted industrial building in Hoboken, where he and his team create bespoke garments—from suits to overcoats to casual zipped vests—entirely on-site. That soup-to-nuts focus extends to the soft yet structured canvassing Genuardi utilizes, which is made in-house.

Address: 300 Observer Highway 4th Floor Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: +1 201-419-5975
Website: http://www.genuarditailor.com/


Huntsman

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Nick Tydeman

Address: 130 W 57th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10019
Phone: +1 646-590-2595
Website: https://www.huntsmansavilerow.com


J. Mueser

J. Mueser merges a downtown sensibility with Neapolitan tailoring at its second-floor showroom in the West Village, which is complemented by a ready-to-wear haberdashery across the street. Three varying levels of make are offered. The made-to-order Campania is an unstructured, half-canvassed model made by machine in Naples with a 3/2 roll, patch pockets, and a barchetta chest pocket. Representing the custom side of the business is the Waverly, which is made in Naples from a hand-drafted pattern and marked by a lightly constructed shoulder. The Mayfair, its bespoke offering, is made in New York and more built up through multiple layers of canvas and a stronger shoulder.

Address: 19 Christopher Street Store B, New York, NY 10014
Phone: +1 347-982-4382
Website: https://jmueser.com


Leonard Logsdail

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Credit: Leonard Logsdail

Leonard Logsdail

Address: 9 East 53rd Street, Floor 4, New York, NY 10022
Phone: +1 212-752-5030
Website: https://www.leonardlogsdail.com


Manolo Costa

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Credit: Manolo Costa

Manolo Costa

Address: 130 ¼ East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065
Phone: +1 212-889-2625
Website: https://manolocosta.com


Martin Greenfield Clothiers

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Credit: Martin Greenfield Clothiers

Martin Greenfield Clothiers

Address: 239 Varet Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Phone: +1 718-497-5480
Website: https://greenfieldclothiers.com


New & Lingwood

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Credit: George Chinsee/WWD

George Chinsee/WWD

Address: 970 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Phone: +1 212-585-1865
Website: https://www.newandlingwood.com


Paolo Martorano Bespoke

Paolo Martorano in his studio.
Paolo Martorano in his studio.

Paolo Martorano Bespoke was established in 2017 when its founder was just 25 years old, but its quality has attracted some of menswear’s most discerning vets. Martorano practices the bespoke art at its most traditional with custom paper patterns and basted fittings for each garment. Jackets are hand-sewn with hand-padded collars, chests and lapels, and trousers are hand-basted and finished by six hours of manual pressing. The house silhouette embraces classic proportions and can be identified by a natural, lightly padded shoulder with gentle roping at the sleevehead. In addition to traditional tailoring and eveningwear, Martorano also offers bespoke pajamas, gilets, safari jackets and other less formal fare.

Address: 130 West 57th Street, 2A, New York, NY 10019
Phone: +1 212 363 0135
Website: https://www.paolostyle.com


P. Johnson

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Credit: Glen Allsop

Glen Allsop

Address: 400 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012
Phone: +1 917-533-5879
Website: https://pjt.com


Sartoria Gallo

Sartoria Gallo
Sartoria Gallo

After studying under the Roman tailor Luigi Gallo, San Francisco native Eric Jensen established a New York outpost of the Gallo family business in March 2021. The result is cross-continental bespoke: paper patterns are made by Jensen in his Carnegie Hill showroom while the first fittings are produced in either New York or Rome. All garments are completed in Rome and bear the hallmarks of the Gallo style: an unpadded shoulder, light horsehair canvas and neat finishing that’s more boardroom-friendly than the comparable Neapolitan make.

Address: 1298 Madison Ave New York, NY 10128
Phone: +1 619-988-6242
Website: https://www.sartoriagallo.com/en/home-en/


Thom Sweeney

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Credit: Thom Sweeney

Thom Sweeney

Address: 362 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Phone: +1 646-851-0586
Website: https://thomsweeney.com


Tiefenbrun

Tiefenbrun
Tiefenbrun

Just as his nom de Instagram would suggest, Yosel Tiefenbrun—aka @rabbitailor—is an ordained rabbi. But he’s also a classically trained bespoke tailor, having studied at the Savile Row Academy before apprenticing for Maurice Sedwell. His East Williamsburg showroom may be a long way from the Row, but the English influence can be felt in a house style marked by roped shoulders, high armholes and a suppressed waist.

Address: 188 Scott Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11237
Phone: +1 718-650-6120
Website: https://www.tiefenbrunnyc.com/


Turnbull & Asser

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Credit: Turnbull & Asser

Turnbull & Asser

Address: 50 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022
Phone: +1 212-752-5700
Website: https://turnbullandasser.com

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