Editor: Katerina Theocharis
Photography: Vasilis Kouroupis
A made-to-measure service that cannot leave you untouched.
Last September I had the pleasure to announce how Vasilis Bourtsalas, founder of Bespoke Athens, introduced us to his new made-to-measure service, involving 3 different tailoring constructions. I am pleased to say everything has turned out incredibly as the service already enjoys tremendous success. I’d be remiss not to order my business suit from Bespoke Athens, so I went for a piece that has always been central to gent’s clothing: the blue suit.
As a traditionally masculine color, blue has always been a favorite for gents of all trades. Navy is sober and wonderfully adaptable looking more like a uniform rather than a variegated hue, but there are so many others, azure, Klein, Oxford, Majorelle, and Royal just to name a few for a gent to embrace. Depending on your environment, your flexibility and of course your inclination you can inject a little or a lot of personality into your blue suits, especially if you are seeking an alternative to black for your next tailored pair, or just need something more casual.
My choice was a Royal blue suit that can be worn in many different ways.
I ordered a classic full canvas, two-button, two-flap-pocket piece quite wide at the lapels. At a point, I began thinking I went a little too overboard with the lapel width but then again I really liked it that way, much as I loved the addition of one large button on each sleeve. Very old-school movie-protagonist of me, I know. The fabric is 100% wool and let me say it did make me feel like a million bucks.
Made-to-Measure is a fair choice for any gent who wishes to have a suit that fits him perfectly, be it a business (lounge) suit, a suit for a wedding or any other occasion. As far as style goes, Bespoke Athens has the ability to tailor a classic suit or jacket, a Neapolitan suit with external pockets, rollino shoulders, lapels that range from narrow and wide to shawl (for black-tie occasions). You can go for a full-canvased or upon special request and half-canvassed suit, a great variety of fabrics, buttons, and linings, and order takes approximately 40 days to complete.
Here let me suggest that you do some timely pre-scheduling if you are planning to order bespoke, as you may need some sort of alteration upon your fitting, and as much as I hate to preach, let me remind you that made to measure is a major upgrade from ready to wear as far as fit and customization are concerned.
I chose to pair my blue made to measure suit with a blue striped shirt by Bespoke Athens, trimming it with a bespoke tie and pocket square in vivid hues and patterns signed by the eminent Dolcepunta (whose exclusive retailer for Greece is Bespoke Athens). I completed my outfit with a pair of handmade wholecut patina Oxfords and an exceptional Navitimer 8 Chronograph 43 mm by Breitling.