Mr. Cowe x Empire Customs: The Perfectly Tailored Suit


A few months go I had the opportunity to experience getting custom fitted and designing my very own suit with Toronto’s best, Empire Customs. Upon my first consultation, Empire Customs offered a unique and welcoming environment that will make you feel right at home. Their boutique is located in City Place at 116 Fort York Blvd.


If you haven’t yet read about my first consultation and the design process, check out the post here. After 4-6 weeks, Anna at Empire Customs contacted me to let me know that my custom suit was ready. Anna, along with all of Empire Custom’s staff are amazing. Not only is everyone very friendly and welcoming, but they have a really great sense of current trends in menswear.


I was beyond excited to see the colours, fabrics and design that I had picked out for my custom suit, come together. Immediately while changing into the suit, I noticed how perfectly everything fit. The suit, including the dress shirt was custom-tailored to my body. It made me smile, it was a really cool feeling that I think many guys would enjoy. With a few minor alternations, my suit was in the hands of Empire Customs in-house tailor for that final touch. Once it was ready, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it to take an in depth look at all the tailoring, details, and of course, wear it!


The suit has this very unique shade of blue that I love. In some light you can see it has some shine, while other times it can appear to have a matte finish. The colour itself is a mix of navy, royal blue, and a chambray jean-like material. It was definitely very unique and clearly why I picked it out.


One thing that definitely doesn’t go unnoticed are all of the little details. Empire Customs doesn’t miss a thing. I got to customize the exterior stitching colour around the buttons on the sleeve of the jacket. I opted to keep with the blue theme and picked a baby blue colour to match against the darker navy blue of the jacket. Something special is that they also added my initials on the cuff of the dress shirt and on the interior lining of the jacket – officially branding it as my own!


My favourite detail of the suit has to be the multi-coloured geometric pattern on the interior lining of the jacket. It’s the perfect pop of colour and fits with my personality and style. Sometimes you need to have fun and take risks with what you’re wearing. Empire Customs allowed me to be my own creative director.


I styled the suit with a classic watch from Daniel Wellington and a fresh pair of LACOSTE L.12.12 white leather sneakers.


Empire Customs has proven to be one of the most luxurious services for today’s fashion-forward guy. I highly recommend checking them out and getting yourself fitted in your very own custom suit – you will have yourself asking why you didn’t do this sooner.


Don’t forget to tell them Mr. Cowe sent you!


// @RobLosch


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