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Best of New York 2014 • Shopping

Best Digital Bespoke

  • Acustom Apparel

    330 W. Broadway, at Grand St.; 212-219-8620

    The price you pay for a suit that fits like a glove (in addition to the actual month’s-rent-size price) is, of course, the untold minutes standing for a tailor’s measurements. But at the futuristic brainchild of Harvard Business School alum Jamal Motlagh—joining other new menswear ventures like the high-tech shirt shop Manuel Racim—a 3D scanner retrieves 200,000 data points on your body in 60 seconds. Just stand in your skivvies in a private fitting room and the machine does the rest. Your remaining time is spent perusing racks of samples (rather than just fabric swatches) with no-middleman prices: tweed and cotton suits from $857; striped, solid, and checked dress shirts from $149; jeans in four washes from $225; and a rainbow of cotton chinos from $149, all of which can be customized with various types of stitching, lapels, and monogramming.

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So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).