Background and training

Trained as an engineer and architect, Roel Hendrickx started making his own clothes because it proved difficult to find the right size in shops. At the age of forty, after an intensive period of training, he opened his own workshop for bespoke men’s clothing.

The difference of bespoke

A bespoke garment can be defined as: “fitted to the customer’s precise measurement and handmade locally by master craftsmen”. (Christopher Breward, The suit – Form, function and style, London 2016)

The English term bespoke is the equivalent of the French grande mesure. Many customers are not aware of the difference between made-to-measure (short MTM, demi-mesure in french) and bespoke.

  • in bespoke it is the tailor who guides you through the process and takes your measures (versus a sales-person)
  • in bespoke a single personalised pattern is drafted for each piece, while in MTM the cut is one out of a series of standard ‘blocks’ with various options for corrections
  • in bespoke the tailor (and his/her assistants) makes the piece locally by hand; production for MTM is done in factories by seamstresses
  • in bespoke there are various fittings to adjust the balance, length and width of a piece; in MTM there is no real fitting: suits arrive quasi-finished from the factory.

Even though the nature of the production process is not a measure for quality, most of the made-to-measure companies incorrectly put forward an image of local and traditional production in their marketing and communication. Real bespoke has become very rare.

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