Tip of the Needle: Bespoke Clothier Jon Green & LVMH

I have been negligent. An early and cherished friend of OTC was recently part of a remarkable project…and  I missed it.

Jon Green is perhaps the most preeminent custom clothier in the United States and quite possibly the world.  His clients happily dispense with upwards of $9,000, and subject themselves to on average, six fittings, for a single suit of clothes. Jon’s suits are bespoke in the truest sense – completely handmade even down to the interior components that will never see the light of day.  Every piece is hand cut and every thread hand sewn.

Jon operates in what one might call a rarefied atmosphere.  His clients are the types of men who fly to New York for a single fitting in their private jet (actually private – none of this time-share stuff), turn around, and then fly home.  They’ll order two or three suits at a time.

One would reasonably think that in dealing with such celebrities, millionaires, billionaires and masters of the sartorial universe, Jon would be a bit full of himself.  Quite the opposite actually; he is a thoughtful teacher passionate about tailoring to the point of animation.  He is a gentleman and a literally, a scholar.

Now, are many of us going to run out and order a few suits from Mr. Green, probably not.  But men of any means can learn much from men such as Jon Green and Alan Flusser, Ralph Lauren, Michael Drake and the other outstanding craftsmen-cum-teachers who love to impart knowledge and experience.  Price is not the point here, learning and becoming your own sartorial authority is.

I’ve had the chance to spend some time with Jon on a few occasions and wished that I had taken the time to film him.  Well, LVMH beat me to it.  As part of their “Art of Craftsmanship” campaign, conducted in partnership with Parson’s School of Design, Jon was selected to represent the craft of Bespoke tailoring.  I was privy to the beginnings of this project – which included his crafting a suit for LVMH’s North American CEO – and am incredibly happy to now show you LVMH’s visit with Jon Green.

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    12 Comments

    1. “It’s not fashion. It’s style.” I love it.

      I had an opportunity to visit Jon Green’s studio in New York last time I was there, and his work represents the pinnacle of bespoke tailoring. The sheer amount of handwork eclipses that of most other bespoke tailors. Truly incredible.

    2. JA – $9,000 is about the cost for a basic Jon Green suit. That said, I don’t know how flexible he is on pricing issues, but I think the entry level $ is around that figure.

      The sheer amount of time and manual handwork that goes into his product is astounding and, after seeing the process first hand, explains a lot of the cost.

      Still……a long term investment to be sure.

    3. Doc

      This is a very nice presentation on what is the essence, the true life, behind men’s clothing, style; not some gaudy, chunk, eye sore that is “made to measure” because you can unbutton the coat’s sleeves.

    4. George Broderick

      J A Wellington

      Check out Alan Flusser Custom-3 East 48th-NYC (P) 212.888.4500
      Bespoke clothing reasonably priced starting at $3500 for a suit
      Alan is there to guide you and Mark V the tailor is wonderful, a true craftsman.

    5. Mr. George Broderick:
      For years, efforts to drive sales by those using factories to make their ‘custom’ and ‘bespoke’ suits have resulted in confusion over suits handmade to the Bespoke Standard, i.e., with a hand drafted and hand cut paper pattern and cloth, a handmade canvas, and constructed one at a time by a master tailor. The term Bespoke does not apply to a garment made in a factory by machine operators, instead of tailors, which has been cut by computer from an altered block pattern.
      In 2011, Jon Green will launch the JG Studio Line of clothing which will incorporate many of our Bespoke Standards into handmade clothing at a lower price point, including a paper pattern and individual hand cutting.
      You are invited to meet with me for a step-by-step demonstration of the difference between a made-to-measure factory suit and our Bespoke Suit.

      Kind regards, Jon Green

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