Over the last month, we've gone behind the scenes and followed Shant as he designed a custom suit from JB Clothiers. We shared with you Shant's first fitting experience at JB Clothiers and soon the time came for Shant to pick up his final suit. We're excited to share photos of Shant's stylish custom suit and the personalized details. We also chatted with Shant to get his thoughts on the experience of getting a custom suit and why every man should invest in a custom suit.
Q. What was your first reaction when you put on your suit at the second fitting?
Shant: My initial thought was that the pants felt weird. I had never worn a pair of custom pants before, and it was a weird sensation wearing a pair of pants that fit perfectly without needing a belt or alterations. I normally need a belt, but with these pants, no belt was needed. The lines of the pants were clean too. No extra fabric flapping around, no weird bulges, no folds along the belt line. Just a clean look. And I could sit in a chair or squat without feeling like I'd rip a seam. The jacket fit perfectly. I have a custom jacket that I brought to compare, and Jerry's jacket was a crisper fit. Mainly the shoulders felt different. Jerry's jacket followed the slope of my shoulders better than my other custom jacket. Jerry also made me a shirt. It fit perfectly as well. I have a custom shirt from another company, but it isn't nearly as good. Specifically, the collar of my other shirt doesn't sit right when it is opened. I specially asked Jerry to design the collar so that it sits right when it is opened, and he didn't disappoint.
Q. Describe your emotions wearing a custom suit!
Shant: Confidence, power, and a little bit of age! Wearing a custom suit just makes me feel older and more accomplished.
Q. What do you love most about your new suit?
Shant: I feel confident wearing my new suit. With an off-the-rack suit, I question whether the suit fits well. With a custom suit, I know the suit fits well. And the suit photographs well! In my off-the-rack suits, the jacket often bunches up when it is buttoned. With Jerry's suit, I get clean lines.
Q. Do you have any additional thoughts or feedback after going through the entire process?
Shant: Now that I have gone through the fitting process and got my first JB Clothiers custom suit, it's really awesome that when I need a new suit, all I need to do is pick out the fabric. Jerry has all my measurements so the process could be as quick as making a phone call. Although, I'd rather stop his shop to peruse his book of fabrics while sipping some whiskey!
Q. What advice would you give someone who is considering getting a custom suit but is still on the fence?
Shant: The most important aspect of a suit, to me, is fit, and with my body type, I cannot get a perfect fit without going custom. For my work, a proper fitting suit signifies experience, success, and respect for attention to detail. Nobody is ever going to see my car in a meeting, but they'll see my suit. So forego the fancy car, take Lyft, and get a custom suit!
After his second and final fitting, Jerry made any necessary adjustments to Shant's suit and delivered it to Shant to wear at his son's baptism. Here is Shant wearing his custom suit by JB Clothiers!
Special thanks to Jerry and the JB Clothiers Team for the impeccable experience.