Hello everyone, and welcome to another tailoring review! On this shiok Sunday, I’m reviewing the fit and styling of the 3-piece suit and shirt I commissioned from Edit Suits Co.
If you have not yet done so, do read Part 1 of the review here first, whereby I chronicled my experience of getting a 3-piece suit and shirt tailored at Edit Suits.
Without further ado, let’s see how the fit of the garments turned out!
Edits Suits Co. – Fit
I have to say, the fit of the garments from Edit Suits is pretty good especially considering the fact that they are made-to-measure, not full bespoke! Definitely impressed by the fit.
Let’s start with the front. Firstly, the shoulders are spot on – they lie neatly, without any visible wrinkling or bunching. This is terrific, since the fit of the shoulders are probably the most important component of the jacket given that bad fitting shoulders are almost impossible to alter. Secondly, the tightness of jacket is perfect as well. One doesn’t see the “dreaded X” around the jacket button here, which usually pops up when a jacket is too tight. Thirdly, one can see some slight tapering around the waist, giving the jacket a bit of a slimming effect. Lastly, the jacket is of just the right length too, with it ending near the middle of my crotch area and not exposing any of the dress shirt underneath.
The fit of the sleeve is quite good! The entire sleeve drapes naturally, and one doesn’t see much wrinkling throughout. We don’t see the presence of the dreaded shoulder divots here – one of the cardinal sins of tailoring, in my opinion. Sleeve pitch is pretty good here too. In terms of length, the jacket sleeve ends right before my wrist-bone, and exposes a quarter inch of dress shirt nicely. Elsewhere, one can see that the jacket collar fits well – it rests on the dress shirt nicely, and there isn’t an unsightly gap in between.
What really impressed me was the fit of the back. I’ve stated in numerous of my tailoring reviews that the back is often where I faced the most trouble – I have a severely arched back, and thus fabric often get bunched up there. As I mentioned in Part 1 of the review, Syafiq took note of this during measurement/fitting, and decided to increase the allowance at the back of my hip area to prevent majority of the wrinkling from happening. The end result is a superbly clean back – definitely one of the cleanest, if not the cleanest, out of all the tailors that I’ve tried thus far. Kudos to Edit Suits for this feat!
I’m glad to report that the vest fits great as well! Firstly, the shoulders of the vest is terrific – like the jacket, the shoulders lie flat here without any visible bunching or wrinkling. Secondly, the snugness of the vest is good too, as we do not see much wrinkling around the buttons. Lastly, the length of the vest is spot on – it’s long enough to cover the waistband of the trousers, but remains shorter than the suit jacket so that it does not protrude underneath.
Moving on to the shirt, I’ve to say that the fit is pretty decent too! The shirt is of the right tightness – it’s quite comfortable, and one does not see any wrinkles around the buttons. The length of the sleeves are pretty good as well, ending right at my wrist bones. The shoulders of the shirt ends at my natural shoulder bones too, thus making me look more broad-chested than I actually am. However, one does see some slight wrinkles near the shoulders of the shirt, which I suspect is caused by my shoulder’s uneven slope.
I have to say that the trousers from Edit Suits fits perfectly! As mentioned in Part 1 of the review, I went for a more contemporary no break look, and the results look stunning. The trousers ends just right above my dress shoe, and the overall drape of the trousers is pretty clean too. Colour me impressed!
Overall, I have to say that I’m mightily impressed by the fit of the garments from Edit Suits. To be honest, I did not have high hopes initially, given that they are only made-to-measure and do not incorporate a basted fitting process. Luckily for me, Edit Suits went above and beyond my expectations!
Edit Suits – Design & Craftsmanship
I’m glad to report that the garments from Edit Suits not only fit great, but are also well crafted!
First and foremost, I love the VBC fabric. Till date, I’ve mostly been wearing mixed wool fabrics – this was my first time experiencing a “branded” European full wool fabric. I have to say, there is a tangible difference. The full wool VBC fabric feels lighter and more breathable to the skin, and is definitely more premium to the touch as compared to the regular mixed wool starting fabrics offered by affordable tailors.
As I’ve mentioned in this tailoring tips article here, a lot of tailors try to pass off their fused suits as ‘half-canvassed’. While there are no definitive way to determine whether a suit jacket is fused or canvassed without actually cutting a jacket open, a reliable tell-tale sign would be the lapel roll. On lapels that are canvassed (Edit Suits’ suits are half-canvassed by default), there should be a nice lapel roll to it. In contrast, fused suits often have flat lapels that looks like they are pressed on. Aesthetically, the lapel roll also adds dimension to the jacket. Personally, one of the first areas I look at when it comes to suits is the lapel roll – while not always the case, well-crafted suits almost always possess a gorgeous lapel roll.
They say the devil is in the details, so I was really pleased to see that the buttons on Edit Suits’ garments are shanked. Shanking provides the fabric space to drape in when buttoned. It is also more durable, which should mean that you don’t have to worry about your button dropping off!
All suit jackets from Edit Suits come with functional buttonholes (otherwise known as surgeon’s cuffs), which is often the sign of a well-crafted suit. While functional buttonholes admittedly serves no significant practical purpose, it indicates an attention to detail and is a nice artisanal touch. In addition, I love the blue button stitching above – it complements the blue of the suit perfectly! Lastly, I also love the understated nature of the horn buttons. Genuine horn buttons, as compared to cheaper plastic “faux-horn” ones, possesses a greater richness, and a unique look – no two horn buttons look the same.
Moving on to customisation choices, I went with the option of having pic stitching on the lapel, and I personally think it looks great! Like functional buttonholes, it’s a little additional artisanal touch which I love. Plus, Edit Suits doesn’t charge extra for pic stitching (unlike other tailors), so why not?
Given the classic, versatile look of the suit on the outside, I wanted to go with a louder, more playful inner lining for the jacket. I think it came out wonderfully! I love the floral lining – it adds a bolder edge to the jacket. Really pleased with how that turned out! In addition, Edit Suits allows for monograms on the inner of the suit in a variety of colours. As seen from the photo above, I chose to have my name monogrammed in red just above the inner pockets. I’m a fan of monograms – it makes the suit feel special, yours.
Given that I chose the same VBC material (ES collection) and horn buttons for the vest, there’s not much to talk about in terms of customisation options. The only area in which I differed from the suit is in a differing patterned lining, and I think the mosaic like patterned lining turned out rather well too! There’s also the VBC perennial logo embroidered on the inside – unlike on lower quality suits, one don’t have to doubt the fabric quality/wool content here!
Moving on to the shirt, I went with mother-of-pearl buttons. To me, mother-of-pearl buttons represents subtle opulence – perfect for an everyday dress shirt. Unlike other tailors that I’ve been to, Edit Suits do not charge extra for mother-of-pearl/horn buttons.
Given that I’m a watch enthusiast, it is paramount to me that my watches are able to slip under the cuff of my dress shirt. In this regard, Edit Suits did well, giving me an increased width allowance on the side (left) where I usually wear my watches. I also went with a monogram of my initials (in silver) on the cuff – like I mentioned above, I’m a fan of monograms! Lastly, I think the angled French cuffs look striking here – love the sharp cutaway, and how it exposes a tad of the contrast fabric underneath!
For the shirt, I went with a light blue contrast fabric on both the collar, as well as the cuffs. While there’s nothing much wrong with it, it does look a little plain in my opinion. My tastes swing more towards the fanciful, and I wish Edit Suits have a greater variety of shirt linings available, especially patterned ones.
Lastly, I think the side-adjusters on the pants looks dope! I’ve been informed numerous times by tailors that majority of their customers stick with belt loops for their trousers, and I simply can’t wrap my head around why. In my humble opinion, side adjusters looks much cleaner and sleeker – and you don’t have to spend additional money on a belt!
All in all, the garments from Edit Suits are well-crafted, and value for money. In particular, I love how options such as mother-of-pearl/horn buttons, functional buttonholes, and pic stitching comes standard with Edit Suits – you won’t have to fork extra for any of those! Additionally, the customisation options are sufficient, and almost all of them turned out looking great. I just wish Edit Suits had more options for shirt linings!
Comparison – HST Tailors vs Edit Suits Co.
In terms of starting price, HST Tailors comes closest to Edit Suits – a 2-piece suit starts at $765 (after promo code) over at HST Tailors, while a 2-piece VBC suit starts at $899 (after promo code) from Edit Suits. As such, I decided to compare both tailors against each other!
In terms of experience, I think which tailor you would enjoy more probably depends on your needs. If you’re looking for a Saville row experience, HST Tailors would likely be better for you. Till date, the experience at HST Tailors has been one of the most eye-opening to me – seeing the wide variety of fabric stacked on the walls, and the numerous rounds of basted fitting really made me develop a deeper appreciation for the craft of tailoring. In contrast, the experience at Edit Suits was more efficient, and less overwhelming. All choices were done on an Ipad, and I didn’t have to drop by multiple times as I had to with HST Tailors. If you’re a busy professional who just wants good fitting garments for work/wedding, you’re much more likely to appreciate the speed and efficiency of the Edit Suits experience better.
In terms of fit, I might actually have to give a slight edge to Edit Suits – while both did a commendable effort on the front and the back, I think Edit Suits may have nailed the sleeves a tad better. That being said, I think styling is more of a key differentiation between the two than fit. The cut of Edit Suits’ garments is more contemporary, while the cut of HST Tailors is more traditional. Again, which styling looks better to you probably depends on your personal style preference.
While both tailors are priced close to each other, HST Tailors’ suits come full canvassed (as opposed to half-canvassed construction from Edit Suits) while Edit Suits’ fabric starts with 100% wool (in contrast to mixed wool from HST Tailors). As such, which tailor is better for you may only boil down to this – do you prioritise the construction of a suit, or the fabric?
Conclusion – so Edit Suits Co. “shiok” or not?
Most definitely, after seeing how the garments from Edit Suits turned out! I was pleasantly surprised by how good the fit was, especially given the lack of basted fitting. In addition, the suit is pretty well crafted too, with several features (such as functional buttonholes, mop/horn buttons, pic stitching, etc) coming standard with Edit Suits. The various customisation options turned out looking great as well, though I wish they carried more trimming options for the shirt. All in all though, I was definitely more than satisfied with the garments they delivered – for those looking for a fuss-free, efficient tailoring experience, I definitely would highly recommend Edit Suits!
For those interested in commissioning garments from Edit Suits, Edit Suits has kindly offered a 10% discount for first time orders off any of their premium (MSRP starting at $999) suits! Interested customers can book their appointments here, and choose “Wah so Shiok” as the referral option when prompted to enjoy the aforementioned 10% discount off premium suits! After the discount, a VBC (ES collection) half-canvassed 2-piece suit can be had for just $899, which is a pretty good deal.
Edit Suits Co.’s Location:
35A Duxton Road
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