The most expensive men’s suits belong to the world of the famous and the super-rich. Top celebrities, successful businessmen, political leaders, can be seen wearing suits that cost more than regular person’s car.
Sometimes, even more than your house. Sure, men are used to their wives and girlfriends spending lots of cash on clothes. But these suits cost much, much more than even the most extravagant ball gown.
In fact, the most costly suit comes in at almost one million dollars. With all that in mind, here’s our pick of the most expensive men’s suits in the world today.
- 1 Most Expensive Men’s Suits
- 2 What’s the Difference?
- 3 Affordable vs. Expensive
- 4 How to Make Affordable Suits Look Great on You
- 5 Verdict
Most Expensive Men’s Suits
1. Stuart Hughes Diamond Edition
Top of our list is currently the most expensive suit in the world. Stuart Hughes from Liverpool in the UK is a well-known designer of luxury goods. He and world-famous tailor Richard Jewels from Manchester, teamed up to create just three of these dark grey suits.
Nearly a thousand hours went into making these works of art. It comes with almost five hundred diamonds on the jackets…
That’s two hundred and forty carats worth of diamonds right there. This ultimate example of decadent luxury is made from wool, silk, and cashmere. All of which explains its breathtaking price tag.
2. Alexander Amosu Vanquish II Bespoke
Amosu is not only a men’s clothing expert but also a luxury goods entrepreneur. This suit is a great example of both those talents coming together. It’s crafted from the world’s most expensive wools- vicuna and qiviut.
Vicuna fleece is the symbol of ultimate luxury. Close relatives of the llama, the vicuna are native to Peru. They live on the icy cold plateaus of the Andes. The tiny vicuna produces incredibly warm and soft wool that is known as “The Silk of the New World.” The total world supply is only twelve tonnes per year. No surprise then that it costs more than gold!
The Vanquish II Bespoke was made for an unknown buyer who had it delivered in an armored truck. Understandably so, as the buttons are all 9-carat gold, diamond inlaid, and worth a small fortune on their own.
3. Dormeuil Vanquish II
Dormeuil is a UK based supplier of the world’s finest and most luxurious fabrics. This exquisite suit was created from its trademark Vanquish II fabric. It’s a blend of three rare wool types- pashmina from India, qiviut, and vicuna.
Dormeuil launched the Vanquish II suit at the opening of their base in India. The suit fabric alone costs about three thousand pounds a meter. Enough for a suit would cost about ten thousand UK pounds!
Dormeuil has been in existence for almost two hundred years. They’re known to offer their services to the rich and famous like kings and celebrities. The company keeps details of their clients confidential, so hardly anyone knows who actually buy their suits. This particular design was created by the company head himself.
4. William Westmancott Ultimate Bespoke
This is the cheapest on our list. Hilarious, right!?
William Westmancott is a Savile Row bespoke tailor. He’s probably the most expensive tailor in the UK. Westmancott has made clothing for Michael Jackson, the British royal family, and the Sultan of Oman.
His Ultimate Bespoke suits are expensive for many reasons. They’re three or four-piece instead of just two-piece. Each one takes his team over two hundred hours to design, tailor, and finish.
The suits are made from ultra-lightweight fabric. They were initially designed with high-profile Middle Eastern and Russian tycoons in mind.
Westmancott suits are fully bespoke, meaning they’re made to the client’s exact specifications. Most involve over eighty hours of labor. This is due to the hand-cutting and stitching together of more than one hundred and seventy pieces of fabric.
Every Westmancott suit comes with a unique guarantee. The company promises to carry out every adjustment and repair needed to keep the suit looking as good as new.
All completely free of charge, and for up to twenty years after purchase. Plus, the company provide five complimentary bespoke shirts with every suit. Now, how’s that for a bargain!
5. Brioni Vanquish II
This beauty didn’t quite make it into our list. But we couldn’t go without mentioning our personal favorite. The Brioni Vanquish II sells for $43,000. And for what you get, it’s a snip.
Brioni is an upmarket Italian fashion house, founded in 1945. Their high-quality, exclusive suits are made from the British luxury fabric, Vanquish 11. Brioni is probably the best-known men’s tailored clothing brand worldwide. The “power suit” was their original design, famous for the broad-shouldered, wide-chested jacket design.
Brioni suits are made in the company factory in Italy and are almost entirely handmade. With over thirty pieces of proprietary detailing, a typical outfit comes with cashmere lined collars and double stitched buttonholes.
Brioni’s motto is “To Be One of a Kind,” and they certainly live up to the claim. They use special luxury fabrics and services that most other luxury brands wouldn’t dream of.
For instance, the Brioni Vanquish II suit is made from a rare mix of truly decadent fibers. The suits are limited to just one hundred and fifty of each line, which only adds to the sheer elitism of the suits.
The company also strives to bring younger suit wearers on board. Brioni launched the Senato, for example, a narrow cut suit with no pleats in the pants, with great appeal for younger wearers.
The Most Expensive “Not-so” Suit: The Zoot
Zoot suits were an American trend in the 40s, originating in the African-American communities of Harlem. The suits became popular across the nation, mainly due to the influence of jazz musicians. Its initial price was an amazing $78.000.
The men’s high-waisted suits had very wide legs, cuffed at the ankle. The jackets were long with wide lapels and extremely well-padded shoulders. The look included a watch chain that hung from the belt to the knee, then curled back up into a side pocket. Not a look for your average, normal guy!
Zoot suits required large amounts of tailoring and fabric. This made them luxury items. In fact, the US War Production Board considered them a waste. All that material and manpower should have gone to the World War II effort instead.
Hence, zoot suits have become incredibly rare. And with all this history, it’s not surprising this particular suit fetched such a high price.
What’s the Difference?
So, what is it that makes these suits so expensive? Well, firstly, they’re bespoke. These are definitely not the mass-produced, ready-to-wear suits you can buy off the rack in your local clothing store. If you want one of these bad boys, you need to put in a special order to a top tailor.
You’ll then be invited to a fitting where you’ll be measured in great and accurate detail. You’ll discuss which material, cut, color, and style you want. Only when all this has been agreed will an individual pattern is cut specifically for you.
Is it Worth It?
Purchasing a bespoke suit involves multiple fitting sessions to ensure a high-quality fit. The finished product will cater exactly to your individual body type. From shorter necks, and sloping shoulders, to extra girth or small waists. No problem. You can rest assured your bespoke suit will have the perfect fit.
These prohibitively expensive suits are considered by many to be works of art. They are designed and created as one-of-a-kind pieces. Some of these suits take hundreds of hours to complete. The meticulous process involves from-scratch designs, stitching, cutting, and the final embellishment of your bespoke attire.
It Is All About the Fabric
These suits are created from the world’s best and most luxurious fabrics, imported from far-flung corners of the world. Some are made from qiviut, for example, which is the inner wool of the muskox.
This precious fiber from Peru is softer than cashmere and warmer than wool. Other suits incorporate the wool and silk-blend Dorsilk. This material is both lightweight and warm, and it drapes beautifully. Wool, cashmere, silk, and brocade are all used to produce these elegant creations.
Finally, the outfits come with a vast array of embellishments and intense detailing. Intricate piping and quality hand stitching are the norms. Buttons may be solid gold or gemstones, depending on the customer’s requirements. The world’s most expensive suit is made of wool, cashmere, and silk. But that’s just what you would expect. It also boasts nearly five hundred half-carat diamonds on the jacket.
Affordable vs. Expensive
Of course, most of us simply can’t afford to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on a suit. But this doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice looking good. The trick is to buy the best suit for your budget, and with a few tips, you too can look like a million dollars.
First off, it helps to understand the difference between an affordable suit and an expensive suit. Affordable suits can be found in just about any department store, anywhere in the world.
They’re completely machine-made and usually take a maximum of three hours to put together. There’s no handwork involved, not even in the stitching of the buttons.
Low-end suits are manufactured from cheap fabrics, like polyester or nylon. They feel stiffer and less comfortable than a more expensive suit. The material doesn’t really ‘breathe’, and the lining will be poor quality. It will also be glued, rather than stitched, to the outer fabric. This will eventually lead to ‘bubbles’ forming within the lining.
The price means a differ in the small details too. For instance, the buttonholes are stitched first, then cut. This makes them prone to fraying. The trims are also poor quality, such as plastic buttons and polyester lining.
Plus, the fit is always sacrificed in a cheap suit because they are cut from standardized patterns with no custom elements. One size certainly doesn’t fit all. You get the idea.
There’s no need for despair, however. Affordable suits can look great, too.
How to Make Affordable Suits Look Great on You
If you can’t afford an expensive suit, there are still a few things you can do to dress well and look great. The best solution is to go for a made-to-measure, fitted suit.
This is certainly not the cheapest option. But if you shop around you should be able to find a suit for a few hundred dollars. Remember, the right fit is crucial to achieving quality, stylish look.
It’s All About the Fitting
A good fit will always compensate for less expensive fabric and the lack of superior stitching and decadent detailing. If you do have to buy off the rack, go for the best you can afford. Buy a suit in a darker matt, rather than shiny, fabric. More than anything else, make sure your new suit fits correctly around the shoulders.
Example suit: Navy stretch slim fit suit by Calvin Klein.
The shoulders are the only part that cannot be altered. If your outfit doesn’t sit well there then nothing you can do will make it look right. If you still have something left in the kitty, take your store-bought suit to a tailor. Have them make the necessary alterations, like taking in the sleeves, for example.
This creates a nicely tapered sleeve that hugs your arms, but still allows for a good range of motion. You can also replace the plastic buttons with a few genuine horns.
For the trousers, ask your tailor to make a slim, tapered leg. Add a cuff at the bottom. This is a small but effective detail, not often found on cheap suits.
When putting your outfit together, stick to a monochrome palette for the suit, tie, and shirt. Add just one splash of flair, such as a pocket square in a completely different color.
To learn more about how to find the best affordable suit, read this post.
Looking good is not only about the price of your suit. It’s about investing in the best you can afford. It’s always better to have one or two decent quality suits in your wardrobe, rather than a selection of cheaper outfits.
Very few of us can afford to buy the most expensive suits in the world.
But with a little care, effort, and insight, you can get something that will serve you well. It will also be comfortable and can look great for years to come.