Feel Good About Getting Custom Fitted

Hong Kong Tailor Visiting Chicago

Any man who's worn a custom-made suit rarely goes back to buying off the rack. There's no comparison in the way it fits and feels on your body. And when the price of a custom suit is the same, or cheaper, than a retail suit, it makes the decision that much easier.

Over the past couple of years, the secret has been getting out about Mr. Daswani, as he prefers to be called, the mind behind Tailoredman.com. Mr. Daswani has been fitting men in custom suits, sport coats, slacks, and shirts since 1969.

"The difference between a ready-made suit and custom made is that you are supposed to fit into ready-to wear suits, whereas custom made clothing is made to fit only you," Daswani says.

The Washington D.C.-based company travels to different North American cities to measure their clients, and visits Chicago several times a year, setting up shop at a local hotel.

The measurements are transmitted to Hong Kong, where the garments are made and shipped back. In all, the process takes about four weeks.

The Chicago men who use the company swear by the quality of the work, and the word is getting out. Kent Carey, a Chicago-based district manager for a pharmaceutical company, says he no longer buys his shirts or suits retail.

"When you figure I was buying a plain old white dress shirt for $90 at Nordstrom, and now I'm getting a French-cuffed, monogrammed shirt for $50 -- it's really a no-brainer," Carey said.

A custom fitted suit runs $400 and shirts cost $52.

Mr. Daswani will be in Chicago Thursday and Friday at the Marriott Hotel at 540 N. Michigan Ave. Appointments are available every hour between 1 - 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday. Call (310) 422-0030 or email  to alayna@efete.net to schedule an appointment.

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