In clothing, a suit is a set of garments made from the same cloth, usually consisting of at least a jacket and trousers. The variations in design, cut, and cloth, such as two-and three-piece, or single- and double- breasted, determine the social and work suitability of the garment.
Originally, as with most clothes, a tailor made the suit from his clients selected cloth; these are now often known as ‘bespoke’ suits. Since the Industrial Revolution, most suits are mass-produced, and, as such, are sold as ready-to-wear garments.
Shape is the essential part of tailoring that often takes hand work from the start. The two main cuts are
- Double-breasted suits, a conservative design with two vertical rows of buttons, spanned by a large overlap of the left and right sides. Very classic, and coming back strong on the runways; and
- Single-breasted suits, in which the sides overlap very slightly, with a single row of buttons.
Suits are made in a variety of fabrics, but most commonly from wool. The wools can be woven in a number of ways producing flannel, tweed, gabardine, and fresco among others. These fabrics will have different weights and feel, and some fabrics have as ‘S’ or ‘Super S’ number describing the fineness of the fibres measured by threads per inch, e.g., Super 120.
At Couture, we specialize in Made-to-Measure, and Ready Made suits created in Italy, and fabricated from the best wools from the best mills, all Semi canvas and Super 150 weights.