I Have Bespoken: Enzo Custom Clothier
Company – Enzo Custom Clothiers started out as a textile wholesaler for major clothing designers such as Zenga and Loro Pianaetc. As we have seen, in the last several years, men’s custom wear has and is still nudging it’s way to the forefront of affordable ways to look like a million bucks without having to spend a million bucks for a piece you can call your own. Enzo’s founder, Eli Sved, took his existing business and the demand for wallet friendly wear into his own hands
and joined the ranks of other companies who were churning out custom suits, shirts, and even shoes. Enzo maintains some of its production and staff in the United States, holding showrooms for private fittings in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., and some production in Shanghai.
Cost – $130 ($89 + range)
Process – Unlike a lot of online custom menswear companies, Enzo provides the unique and must-have experience of booking an appointment and being physically present for a real tailor-to-client experience. This experience comes complete with a decanter of whiskey and piles of fabric swatches full of options for linings, accents, and looks – As well as a cute shop girl/style advisor who guides you through your decision making. Upon arrival you are swept into the gorgeous whitewashed wall and mahogany colored floor studio space where you are sat down in an over stuffed leather chair amongst the swatches to sift through and choose your favorites. Once you have made your fabric selection, you are placed in front of a three-panel mirror where a master tailor will measure in astute detail for your custom piece. In our cast it was a dress shirt.
After every detail of your physic is notated, you are sat down at Enzo’s computer console to sort out the detailing of your shirt; cuff and collar linings, placket fabric, pocket placement if applicable, and of course monogramming – we all know how I feel about monogramming; if you’re going to go custom, mark that shit!
Seal the deal with a handshake and a credit card swipe, and be on your wait to await your gorgeous new custom items. A+
Speediness – SUPER fast production from Enzo. I was measured on May 8, 2013. The shirt was ready May 30, 2013. A+
Packaging - Enzo does ship their final products, but if you happen to live in a convenient proxy to any of their show rooms, you have the option to pick it up, try it on, and have them work out any discrepancies that may have occurred in production right there in front of the three panel mirror. My shirt came in plastic cellophane, perfectly pinned and dressed, as a new shirt should be. This was kept in a brown paper bag. A-
Accuracy –. Upon trying my shirt on, the detailing was perfect, and the size was dead on. With the exception of the chest being a little snug, which was probably my fault for hitting the gym so hard (I didn’t actually pick the shirt up for about a month after it had arrived because of being out of town), the shirt was long enough, cut very well, and was comfortable to wear. My only complaint is that the fabric that I chose wrinkles VERY easily. VERY. From drycleaner to business meeting the sleeves looked like they had been through hell. Perhaps this could be fixed with some starch? Everything else about it was everything I wanted it to be. A-
Quality – Seeing as a vast majority of the fabrics Enzo is using are also supplied or used by such designers as Calvin Klein, Zegna, and the like, the quality of fabrics available to choose from is of the utmost high end standard. A+
Over-All Grade – I will definitely be taking my business, and sending additional business to Enzo in the future. They know what they are doing, and have the background in the industry to know exactly what they are looking at and handling. Not to mention the price points of these suits are a fraction of what you would spend at any other showroom tailor due to the fact that they are connected to their own fabric wholesale business.
Enzo ALSO offers a 1, 2, 3 package - 1 custom Suit, 2 custom shirts, and 3 silk handmade ties all for $599. They also have shoes available at the showroom. Enzo Custom Clothiers is definitely your one-stop no pressure shopping experience for a glamorous and affordable custom experience that won’t leave you anything but satisfied and #DonDrapered. If any of you GIANTS would like to book a time to experience Enzo, contact them at 212-370-7619 for the NYC office or enzocustom.com for other contact information in other cities. A+