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While most clothing you buy off the rack has a decent fit, nothing comes close to bespoke. Besides just getting a garment to hug your curves (or lack thereof) in all the right places, most places let you choose fabrics, styles, and bunches of details to create a supremely unique product. And customization isn't just limited to men's suits—or even clothes.

So we've rounded up 22 NYC stores that specialize in customized this or that, whether it's the perfect power suit for the office, the right support for your ta-tas, or even the perfect shade of lipstick. Check out our map after the jump and get ready to look like a million bucks without spending even close to that.


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1. Monograms Off Madison

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29 E 93rd St
New York, NY 10128
For all the Upper East Side preps out there, owner and expert monogrammer Alyssa Tierney can customize everything from linens to china to baby gifts and more. She'll guide you through the process of picking style, color, and placement to assure a perfectly unique product. [Photo]

2. Silhouettes & Profiles

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160 W 71st St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 877-3372
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Where this Upper West Side specialty shop really stands out is in its alterations and restoration of existing garments to fit you like a beautiful new glove. So that dowdy wedding dress your future mother-in-law is dying for you to wear down the aisle can be transformed into a modern miracle. [Photo]

3. INTIMACY {bra fit stylists}

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1051 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10065
(646) 395-3885
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Intimacy offers more than 90 sizes, practically guaranteeing that every customer will find their proper fit. But they don't stop there—their specialists know the importance of matching undergarments to your style and your wardrobe. Use their handy online system to reserve an appointment. [Photo]

4. Custom Men

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140 W 57th St, #4C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 767-0545
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Whether you need a suit for everyday business wear or a tuxedo for black tie affairs, Custom Men has been satisfying midtown customers with their fits since 1996. And with a name as straightforward as theirs, you know you're in the right place. [Photo]

5. Beyond Bespoke Tailors

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45 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 918-1966
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We're not really sure what's beyond bespoke, but these midtown tailors do. "Every alteration we complete, every custom suit we make, is 100% guaranteed—period," their site reads. They'll even come to home or office for a fitting any day of the week. [Photo]

6. La Rukico Custom Tailors

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(212) 832-0725
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La Rukico knows that many customers come to tailors because off-the-rack doesn't work for every body type, so they specialize in dressing the short, tall, skinny, and, uh, not-so-skinny. While many of their offerings are for men, they also fit women for shirts and blazers. [Photo]

7. LS Men's Clothing

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49 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 575-0933
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You can get your custom suit in just three days from these no-nonsense tailors, who specialize only in suiting and offer little else in terms of ready-to-wear. Choose your favorite fabric from well-respected brands like Hickey Freeman, Burberry, and Southwick. [Photo]

8. Alex & Eli

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(855) 532-8200
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While the world of custom suits is dominated by men, cofounders and Parsons grads Anna Zemen and Aja Singer knew the importance of a proper fitting blazer for women. Choose from four basic styles and then upgrade with luxe fabrics and buttons. P.S.—The Man Repeller chose the Executive silhouette. [Photo]

9. Alan David Custom

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16 E 40th St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 227-4040
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Though Alan David will set you back a pretty penny or two (or a million), you're guaranteed lifetime alterations for any changes in size or snags in the seams. This guys-only club caters to both boys and men and uses high-quality fabrics from places like Loro Piana and Ermenegildo Zegna. [Photo]

10. Linda's Bra Salon

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552 Third Ave
New York, NY 10016
(646) 736-1949
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Wonder bras don't stand a chance against Linda Becker, who has spent years fitting girls for their—ahem, girls, in sizes AA through K. Stop by the Murray Hill shop for measurements—you've probably been wearing the wrong size this whole time, and a proper fit is a (literal) weight off your shoulders. [Photo]

11. Saint Laurie Merchant Tailors

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22 W 32nd St
Manhattan, NY 10001
(212) 643-1916
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Saint Laurie founder Samuel Kozinsky was seriously ahead of his time—he started manufacturing made-to-measure trousers in Williamsburg in 1913. Since then, the family business has greatly expanded their offerings and now creates costumes for film and Broadway and television shows along with serving individual clients. [Photo]

12. Windsor Custom

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122 W 26th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 741-0628
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If the skull and rose blazer lining featured in their look book doesn't get you in the door, then maybe their "living room," complete with a full bar and pool table, will finally get you excited about bespoke. In short, co-founders Brian Mazza and Matt Shendell know exactly what guys are looking for in both fit and lifestyle. [Photo]

13. Knot Standard

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(855) 784-8968
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Still have gift cards lying around from this Christmas (or last one or the one before that...)? Exchange it here for a custom suit. That's right—they'll turn that Best Buy card you'll never use into a voucher of equal value to put toward a laser-cut shirt, blazer, or full suit. [Photo]

14. Three Custom Color Specialists

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(212) 730-8828
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Looking to find your perfect shade, or recreate a discontinued color? The specialists in this Flatiron studio will whip up any hue for eyes, lips, cheeks, and face. And they'll keep your formula on file for quick refills. [Photo]

15. Bite Lip Lab

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174 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
(646) 484-6111
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The Toronto-based lipwear line opened its New York doors as a pop-up shop in February, but converted to a permanent store this fall. Here, you can personalize your lipstick's texture, color, and flavor in only ten minutes, and no appointment is necessary. [Photo]

16. Varda

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147 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 941-4990
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Shoes for both men and women are designed in-house and then handcrafted in Italy—but sadly, you can't go watch them be made. Get your footwear journey started by meeting with a consultant in store. [Photo]

17. Jay Kos

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239 Mott St
New York, NY 10012
http://www.jaykos.com/
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If made-to-measure suits and shoes aren't enough, how about custom food? When Jay Kos moved his shop to Nolita in 2011, he installed a custom kitchen so customers could enjoy his favorite dishes while getting fitted. Just avoid anything that'll make you bloat. [Photo by Rebecca Dale]

18. Acustom Apparel

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330 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-8620
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This Soho shop sets itself apart with its crazy-accurate body scanning technology—think TSA, but not as invasive. Their high-tech methods guarantee a perfect fit for both casual clothing and suiting. [Photo]

19. 3x1

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15 Mercer St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 391-6969
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When you think custom, you probably don't think about denim. But that's exactly what Scott Morrison—who also co-founded Paper Denim & Cloth and Earnest Sewn—is all about. Stop by to check out the store's factory-like design and watch your perfect jeans get crafted in-house. [Photo]

20. E. Vogel

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19 Howard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-2460
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This family-owned Soho shop has been customizing boots and shoes for men since the Reconstruction Era, so they're really putting heart and soul into your soles. Start with a basic style and then pick the leather, color, lining, and more to your preference. [Photo]

21. ManuelRacim

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44 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 233-0417
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Shirts start at $125 from Parisian owner Manuel Guardiola, who doesn't require an appointment for shopping and can have a product hand-sewn in France in just two weeks. Choose from more than 200 Italian fabrics, and have a ball playing with their magic mirror that turns into a digital touch screen filled with options for collars, cuffs, buttons, and more. [Photo]

22. The Armoury

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168 Duane St
New York, NY 10013
(646) 613-7613
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While this menswear shop also features ready-to-wear designs from Ascot Chang and Ettinger London, their mezzanine level is all about bespoke, and they'll be flying in tailors from around the world to create pants, shirts, shoes, and more. [Photo]

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1. Monograms Off Madison

29 E 93rd St, New York, NY 10128
For all the Upper East Side preps out there, owner and expert monogrammer Alyssa Tierney can customize everything from linens to china to baby gifts and more. She'll guide you through the process of picking style, color, and placement to assure a perfectly unique product. [Photo]
29 E 93rd St
New York, NY 10128

2. Silhouettes & Profiles

160 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023
Where this Upper West Side specialty shop really stands out is in its alterations and restoration of existing garments to fit you like a beautiful new glove. So that dowdy wedding dress your future mother-in-law is dying for you to wear down the aisle can be transformed into a modern miracle. [Photo]
160 W 71st St
New York, NY 10023

3. INTIMACY {bra fit stylists}

1051 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065
Intimacy offers more than 90 sizes, practically guaranteeing that every customer will find their proper fit. But they don't stop there—their specialists know the importance of matching undergarments to your style and your wardrobe. Use their handy online system to reserve an appointment. [Photo]
1051 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10065

4. Custom Men

140 W 57th St, #4C, New York, NY 10019
Whether you need a suit for everyday business wear or a tuxedo for black tie affairs, Custom Men has been satisfying midtown customers with their fits since 1996. And with a name as straightforward as theirs, you know you're in the right place. [Photo]
140 W 57th St, #4C
New York, NY 10019

5. Beyond Bespoke Tailors

45 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
We're not really sure what's beyond bespoke, but these midtown tailors do. "Every alteration we complete, every custom suit we make, is 100% guaranteed—period," their site reads. They'll even come to home or office for a fitting any day of the week. [Photo]
45 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

6. La Rukico Custom Tailors

152 E 48th St New York, NY 10017
La Rukico knows that many customers come to tailors because off-the-rack doesn't work for every body type, so they specialize in dressing the short, tall, skinny, and, uh, not-so-skinny. While many of their offerings are for men, they also fit women for shirts and blazers. [Photo]

7. LS Men's Clothing

49 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
You can get your custom suit in just three days from these no-nonsense tailors, who specialize only in suiting and offer little else in terms of ready-to-wear. Choose your favorite fabric from well-respected brands like Hickey Freeman, Burberry, and Southwick. [Photo]
49 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036

8. Alex & Eli

66 W 45th St New York, NY 10036
While the world of custom suits is dominated by men, cofounders and Parsons grads Anna Zemen and Aja Singer knew the importance of a proper fitting blazer for women. Choose from four basic styles and then upgrade with luxe fabrics and buttons. P.S.—The Man Repeller chose the Executive silhouette. [Photo]

9. Alan David Custom

16 E 40th St, New York, NY 10016
Though Alan David will set you back a pretty penny or two (or a million), you're guaranteed lifetime alterations for any changes in size or snags in the seams. This guys-only club caters to both boys and men and uses high-quality fabrics from places like Loro Piana and Ermenegildo Zegna. [Photo]
16 E 40th St
New York, NY 10016

10. Linda's Bra Salon

552 Third Ave, New York, NY 10016
Wonder bras don't stand a chance against Linda Becker, who has spent years fitting girls for their—ahem, girls, in sizes AA through K. Stop by the Murray Hill shop for measurements—you've probably been wearing the wrong size this whole time, and a proper fit is a (literal) weight off your shoulders. [Photo]
552 Third Ave
New York, NY 10016

11. Saint Laurie Merchant Tailors

22 W 32nd St, Manhattan, NY 10001
Saint Laurie founder Samuel Kozinsky was seriously ahead of his time—he started manufacturing made-to-measure trousers in Williamsburg in 1913. Since then, the family business has greatly expanded their offerings and now creates costumes for film and Broadway and television shows along with serving individual clients. [Photo]
22 W 32nd St
Manhattan, NY 10001

12. Windsor Custom

122 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001
If the skull and rose blazer lining featured in their look book doesn't get you in the door, then maybe their "living room," complete with a full bar and pool table, will finally get you excited about bespoke. In short, co-founders Brian Mazza and Matt Shendell know exactly what guys are looking for in both fit and lifestyle. [Photo]
122 W 26th St
New York, NY 10001

13. Knot Standard

1123 Broadway New York, NY 10010
Still have gift cards lying around from this Christmas (or last one or the one before that...)? Exchange it here for a custom suit. That's right—they'll turn that Best Buy card you'll never use into a voucher of equal value to put toward a laser-cut shirt, blazer, or full suit. [Photo]

14. Three Custom Color Specialists

54 W 22nd St New York, NY 10010
Looking to find your perfect shade, or recreate a discontinued color? The specialists in this Flatiron studio will whip up any hue for eyes, lips, cheeks, and face. And they'll keep your formula on file for quick refills. [Photo]

15. Bite Lip Lab

174 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
The Toronto-based lipwear line opened its New York doors as a pop-up shop in February, but converted to a permanent store this fall. Here, you can personalize your lipstick's texture, color, and flavor in only ten minutes, and no appointment is necessary. [Photo]
174 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

16. Varda

147 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Shoes for both men and women are designed in-house and then handcrafted in Italy—but sadly, you can't go watch them be made. Get your footwear journey started by meeting with a consultant in store. [Photo]
147 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

17. Jay Kos

239 Mott St, New York, NY 10012
If made-to-measure suits and shoes aren't enough, how about custom food? When Jay Kos moved his shop to Nolita in 2011, he installed a custom kitchen so customers could enjoy his favorite dishes while getting fitted. Just avoid anything that'll make you bloat. [Photo by Rebecca Dale]
239 Mott St
New York, NY 10012

18. Acustom Apparel

330 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
This Soho shop sets itself apart with its crazy-accurate body scanning technology—think TSA, but not as invasive. Their high-tech methods guarantee a perfect fit for both casual clothing and suiting. [Photo]
330 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

19. 3x1

15 Mercer St, New York, NY 10013
When you think custom, you probably don't think about denim. But that's exactly what Scott Morrison—who also co-founded Paper Denim & Cloth and Earnest Sewn—is all about. Stop by to check out the store's factory-like design and watch your perfect jeans get crafted in-house. [Photo]
15 Mercer St
New York, NY 10013

20. E. Vogel

19 Howard St, New York, NY 10013
This family-owned Soho shop has been customizing boots and shoes for men since the Reconstruction Era, so they're really putting heart and soul into your soles. Start with a basic style and then pick the leather, color, lining, and more to your preference. [Photo]
19 Howard St
New York, NY 10013

21. ManuelRacim

44 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
Shirts start at $125 from Parisian owner Manuel Guardiola, who doesn't require an appointment for shopping and can have a product hand-sewn in France in just two weeks. Choose from more than 200 Italian fabrics, and have a ball playing with their magic mirror that turns into a digital touch screen filled with options for collars, cuffs, buttons, and more. [Photo]
44 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013

22. The Armoury

168 Duane St, New York, NY 10013
While this menswear shop also features ready-to-wear designs from Ascot Chang and Ettinger London, their mezzanine level is all about bespoke, and they'll be flying in tailors from around the world to create pants, shirts, shoes, and more. [Photo]
168 Duane St
New York, NY 10013