The Best of the Best 2003: Wardrobe - Custom Connoisseurs

  • William Kissel

Suits: Attolini
Attolini knows the secret to superior bespoke suitmaking: Strike the right balance between English and Neapolitan style and make sure every single detail—from the high armholes and boat-shaped breast pocket to the tiniest of buttonholes—is sewn entirely by hand, the way master tailor Vincenzo Attolini first instructed in the 1930s. Attolini (distributed through Ellegi), 212.246.7034; in Italy: +39.081.426.826


Dress Shirts: Kiton
While a typical dress shirt takes two hours to create, a Kiton shirt requires four additional hours and includes 14 hand-sewn operations, even before a customer’s personal style preferences—cut, cloth, collar, and cuff—are added to the mix. Kiton, 212.702.0136 (shown above)

Neckwear and Pocket Squares: John Kochis
John Kochis, a 20-year menswear veteran, custom-shapes each tie’s blade based on the client’s height, neck, chest, and waist measurements, rather than simply adjusting a standard model. Kochis’ monogrammed ties and pocket squares are stainproof and guaranteed for life. John Kochis Custom Designs, 212.244.6046

Small Leather Goods: Hermès
This illustrious 166-year-old leather goods maker works with the world’s most exotic materials—from Freudenberg calf to kangaroo—and owns the exclusive French tannery Gordon-Choisy, giving it the ability to produce virtually anything that the heart desires. Hermès, 800. 441.4488,

Shoes: G.J. Cleverley
Working with exclusive leathers and antique dyeing techniques, partners George Glasgow and John Carnera have the rare ability to apply an ancient art form to craft custom footwear that is fresh, modern, and built to last a lifetime. G.J. Clever ley, +44.20.7493.0443,

Cuff Links: Asprey
Asprey makes cuff links and studs that celebrate your hobbies and passions. No commission is too extravagant for the quintessential British luxury goods retailer, whose company motto states, “It can be done.” Asprey, 800.883.2777,

Hats: James Lock & Co.
This archetypal British hatmaker, founded in 1676 and virtually unchanged since, is a throwback to a time when companies staked their reputations and honor on products bearing their logos. Made-to-order soft felt hats and Panamas are specialties, and regulars receive new trims for old brims at no charge. James Lock & Co., +44.20.7930.8874,

Walking Sticks and Umbrellas: Swaine Adeney Brigg & Sons
Every stick that leaves this shop on London’s Bond Street is made from a single piece of wood, and umbrellas are outfitted with artful solid brass fittings and durable nickel silver springs. The nylon or silk covers, fashioned in a perfect dome, are cut, sewn, and tied to each rib by hand, in the same uncompromising manner since 1750. Swaine Adeney Brigg & Sons, +44.20.7409.7277

Hosiery: Moxon Huddersfield, +44.148.460.2622; Outerwear: Oxxford Clothes, 212. 593.0204; Pajamas: Derek Rose, +44.20.7434.3482; Pants: Attolini, 212.246.7034, +39. 081.426.826; T-shirts: Loft, + 44.02

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