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Best Custom-Made Suits

DUNCAN QUINN
8 Spring St.
212-226-7030; duncanquinn.com

The men’s suit of choice for the past couple of years has a definite, recognizable silhouette that wouldn’t have been out of place in London in 1965: skinny cut, thin lapels with a fairly high closure and notches that sit up near the shoulders, flat-front pants with drainpipe legs. See any well-dressed Kink, Stone, or Yardbird. Stop in at Duncan Quinn on Spring Street—the New World outpost of this London firm—and you’ll see a superb version of that look, rendered in drapey fabrics with a hand-stitched structure underneath to maintain that Carnaby Street sharpness. This season, Quinn’s line includes a sleek one-button jacket (it could do double duty as a tux) and a narrow two-button suit that’s rapidly gaining popularity. The details are what really win you over: intensely colored linings, and the tiny puckers at the shoulder seam indicating a sleeve that’s been set by hand. The Spring Street store keeps a modest stock of ready-to-wear suits on hand (around $2,000 per suit), but the real business here is bespoke; the base price is $2,750, not including fabric. Yes, it’s a fortune. Just keep reminding yourself that it’ll all be worth it when you get on Top of the Pops.

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