Philippe Haas of Bespoke Tailoring lives for the mirror moment. You know the one—it’s the split second the groom-to-be dons his new fitted suit for the first time, looks in the mirror, and smiles.
It’s a feeling Haas is lucky enough to have had a hand in, time and time again, for about as far back as he can remember. Custom tailoring, after all, is in his blood. His mother picked up the trade from her father, who made custom suits in Morocco. Two of his uncles are fashion designers in Berlin, where Haas spent four years learning the ins and outs of the trade, picking up a passion for the well-fitted, European-inspired pieces that have become increasingly popular in American weddings.
These days it’s not quite as simple as ordering a tuxedo a few weeks in advance of the big day. Grooms are going bigger and bolder, choosing nontraditional colors and getting adventurous with patterns. That’s where custom tailoring comes in. It can be a tricky art form: A bespoke tailor creates every piece individually, meaning the process is intricate and somewhat time-consuming. But it also means Haas can create all sorts of modern and personal customizations to the classic, timeless style.
“A well-tailored suit is going to exude confidence,” Haas says. “It’s going to allow you to look back on that day and look at the pictures [with pride]. There are a thousand pictures taken of you. Your most important people are there. There are a lot of eyes on you, and there are a lot of reasons to take a little bit more time.”
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