Nicknamed “the man in the shrunken suit”, Thom Browne has become notorious for his playfully proportioned suits, which are known for being difficult to pull off unless you’re of model stature. But with the launch of his made-to-measure service, that’s all set to change. Read on to find out more about the enigmatic designer, and his plans for the future.
My approach is simply to design something with a unique point of view that’s really well made.
The quality and proportion.
The made-to-measure collection, of course, will include the classic proportions that Thom Browne is known for. But it will also be made individually for each client and, therefore, be appropriate for that specific client’s needs within this signature proportion.
The Thom Browne proportion is very important for everyone to recognise. However, it is a proportion for a lot more people than they realise – and this is why the made-to-measure collection is for all men and women who simply want a beautifully made piece of clothing.
The process is simple – and special. A client is greeted by my made-to-measure expert, a true expert in the world of tailored clothing, who understands the world and sensibilities of Thom Browne. A sample is tried on. Measurements are taken. Fittings are scheduled to make sure the clothing is perfectly executed by my tailors. And in the end, the client is so happy – and can never wear any other tailored clothing.
Personally, I don’t know what others do in their made-to-measure services. At Thom Browne, the service is professional, respectful, at the highest quality level and fun. In the end, the quality and fit makes Thom Browne.
I never reveal my secrets, but there is no secret to just insisting on the best quality and service.
We will have to see…
Cary Grant’s grey suit in North by Northwest, Sean Connery’s suits from Goldfinger and all of his other James Bond films… and there are others.
Of course – I love women in Thom Browne.
This article originally appeared in the December 2017 print issue of #legend magazine