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The Right Fit

Smart-looking suits for every size wallet

  • J.Crew Men’s Shop

    1040 Madison Ave., at 79th St.; 212-453-2677

    The dapper shop offers a wide range of off-the-rack suits in a slew of fabrics: wool and herringbone, Italian chino, linen pique, Irish linen, seersucker, and fine-stripe cotton (from $400). The bemberg-lined suits come in two cuts, one a traditional fit, the other with a slimmer pant and higher arm holes. Alterations are done off-site, so wait times vary.

  • Alton Lane

    11 W. 25th St., nr. Broadway; 646-896-1212

    Custom suiting takes a more high-tech approach: Clients start at the 3-D body scanner, which records 300 measurements, including posture and shoulder slope. Differentiated by fabric choice (sourced from makers like Holland & Sherry, Scabal, and Dormeuil), Blue Label suits start at $485 and Black Label at $650. Over 25 linings are available, too, as well as accents from monogramming to contrasting button threads. All suits are tailored in Thailand and require four to five weeks.

  • Billy Reid

    54 Bond St., nr. Bowery 212-598-9355

    Though Billy Reid only produces three or four full styles per season, it’s hard to go wrong with his off-the-rack suits, which are fairly priced ($995), considering the quality. Spring versions are made of lightweight cotton-linen-silk blends and pincord seersucker, while fall brings cashmere, moleskin, wool, and corduroy. Reid’s slightly more fitted jackets ensure both two- and three-button suits appear extra-tailored.

  • Michael Andrews Bespoke

    2 Great Jones Alley, nr. Great Jones St. 212-677-1755 by appointment only

    After four years on the Lower East Side, Michael Andrews moved into his 4,200-square-foot, oak bar- and flat-screen-outfitted studio this past fall. Andrews and his crew specialize in slim-cut fits with statement details like colorful linings, contrast stitching, and monograms. Fully canvased bespoke suits come in over 5,000 fabric options from high-end mills like Zegna and Loro Piana, and at three price levels: Sterling, which are made in northern China (from $895); Platinum, in Shenzhen (from $1,195); and Signature, in New York (from $2,695).

  • Miller’s Oath

    10 Greenwich St., nr. Spring St. 212-219-9965 by appointment only

    After honing his craft at Seize sur Vingt, Paul Stuart, and Thom Browne, Kirk Miller opened his own shop in June, focusing on traditional suits with a twist (from $3,200). Made of fabric sourced from family-run specialized mills, his suits are subtle in design (“You don’t have to have a bright pink lining!”), but with elegant details, like a lower stance on the one-button jacket or a measured roll of the notch lapel. Because it’s a one-man operation, a custom Miller suit takes up to eight weeks.

From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine