The Ravis Custom Tailor Suit Review

The Ravis Custom Tailor Suit Review

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Like many of the reviews on this blog, the following review of Ravis Custom Tailors is a long time coming and also overdue.  For which I owe the brand an apology.  But more importantly, let’s get on with the review.

Ravis Custom Tailor is not a brand that I have seen talked about on other blog.  There are, of course, a few threads on the brand on AAAC and SF; the consensus seems to gravitate toward the less favorable side of things.  Which oftentimes makes me more curious about a brand and its products.  Overall, my impression of Ravis has been more favorable than what I have read on them elsewhere.

First, a bit about the brand. Ravis is a traveling tailor; they have representatives that travel across the US to fit and meet with customers, their list of locations is rather extensive.  I met them in Wilmington, Delaware.  Their operations and production are based in Thailand, however.  Their suits start at $250 and range up to around $1,500.  This puts them on the low end of the price spectrum of all brands that I have reviewed here on FYG.  Their garments can either be fused or canvassed.  And they can accommodate many special requests (more on that in a bit).  If you take one look at their website you can tell that it needs some work.  However, Ravis is not a web based brand so I suppose that is not their biggest concern.

At the time I met with Ravis I has been longing for a brown linen suit for the summer and early fall.  Fortunately, they had a decent selection of linen fabrics for me to choose from.  They also had a plethora of worsteds, cottons and flannels.  Although you will not find some of the big name mills like Holland & Sherry, VBC, Loro Piana and others; Ravis does have some decent fabric on offer.  I suppose this is one way they are able to keep their prices down.

Anyway, as you can see, I selected a nice dark brown for my suit.  The details for the suit were as follows:

Jacket: Notch lapel, 2 button, hacking pockets (slanted), side vents, half lined, wider lapels.  Additionally, I also specified a certain buttoning point and notch height.  Both of which were not done properly on the first jacket that Ravis made for me, so they did remake the front of the jacket.

Trousers: No cuffs, no pleats, side tabs, extended slide tab closure and suspender buttons.

ravis custom suit before front
This is the suit before alterations.  I had my tailor (Baldwin Tailors on 4th st in Philadelphia) take in the chest and stomach.  As well as shorten the sleeves slightly.  Uniquely, I also had them open up the quarters, as I wanted the suit to have a more casual and sweeping look.  We also slimmed and shortened the pants a bit.
ravis custom suit before side
I would have preferred if Ravis had a slightly longer vent, I forgot to have my tailors make it longer.
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The end result is a much better looking suit.  I think opening the quarters made a big difference on balancing the suit out.  The pants also look and feel significantly better.  I do think that the hacking pockets should have been placed slightly higher and with a steeper slant and also the notch is not high as I would have liked.  But in the end, for $300 (+$100 for alterations) I think this is still a very solid suit.  If I were to get a second suit from Ravis (which may end up happening) I think the results would be noticeably better than what you see here.

Given the price of the suit, I was not expecting much on the construction quality front.  Although the construction is not top shelf, it is still good for the price.

ravis mtm suit jacket inside
The half lining is well done.  The stitching and piping around the edges and inside are clean.  The jacket has a nice light feel to it when worn, which is something that I like, especially with suits intended for warm weather.
ravis mtm suit sleevehead
Good work around the sleevehead, hand stitching.  Note the sweat guard at the armpit.
ravis suit breast pocket
Would prefer the breast pocket to not have that little stitch coming in from the right side.
ravis suit review button
The little bit on the underside of the button was something I was not expecting to see, but it was a nice surprise.  It serves to help reinforce the button stitching.
ravis suit lapel
The lapel buttonhole/boutonniere needs some help.  It is both in the shape of a keyhole, but it is also not functioning.
ravis custom suit buttonhole
The buttonholes are decent.  They are not super tight but they get the job done.
ravis custom suit review collar
I have mentioned in the past how I like to see the collar fabric folded to the underside of the collar, as if helps prevent the collar felt from being visible.  For the price of this suit I was not surprised that fabric was not folded under.
ravis custom tailor buttons
To be honest, I do not remember if I chose the buttons or if Ravis chose them for me.  Either way, I like the brown shade that they are.  However, I may switch them out for some brown horn buttons.  The buttonhole stitching on the sleeve is akin to the front buttonhole stitching.
ravis custom suit button
Nice shanking on the front button.
ravis pants
By this point we should all know of my love of extended slide tabs on the waistband.  I was quite glad Ravis was able to accommodate this request.
ravis custom suit pants
Cuff guards at the base of the pants are always nice to see.
ravis custom suit review side tabs
The slide tabs are nice and functional.  Slanted pockets are a must.

In conclusion I am happy with my suit from Ravis.  Although I have noted a few things that I would change or that could be done better, I have to keep in mind that this is a $300 suit, and thus my expectations can only be so high.

In this case, my expectations were met.  I believe that if I were to have another suit made from Ravis and all of my notes were taken into account, my expectations would be exceeded.  The fact that Ravis promises to accommodate nearly any special request is something that greatly appeals to me, as we know that I can be rather particular.  At the end of the day, the fit is more important than the fabric and construction of the suit.  The fit of the suit, although not perfect, is still good and something that I am happy to wear and expect to get a lot of use out of.  This all said, I do recommend you check out Ravis Custom Tailor if you are in the market for a custom suit and your budget is under $450.  If you have any questions, comments or experience of your own; please feel free to share in the comments.

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JLJ

 

Note:  FYGblog did receive the suit being reviewed in exchange for a review.  As always the utmost effort was taken to maintain an unbiased view on the product and brand at hand.  For those more interested in Ravis working conditions, please refer here.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Mr Jeffers,

    Excellent documentation of a courageous experiment from whose details much can be learned!

    What about the social question of the work conditions and wages of the human beings wherever who wove the cloths and tailored the suit?

    • Interested Reader : I think I must be a real skeptic because I wouldn’t even ask about work conditions and simply assume the worst. I don’t think an article of clothing can be made at that price while paying decent wages, with decent hours and environment. I think such things are relative though. The folks doing this work may see a huge improvement over what their life was before. Then again I bet Upton Sinclair would have a comment or two on that. Let’s hope whatever conditions are now, they at least continue to improve.

      • Dear Joe,

        If you mention Upton Sinclair as thinker for a better understanding of how a just society must be thought, I’m sceptical about the depth of his thinking. But it’s clear that developing technology can be misused by individuals to destroy.
        In this blog Mr Jeffers has been subject to criticism about his contribution to society, and I understand his initiative to express his desire to use his privileged position to show how human beings can cooperate socialaesthetically.

  2. Thank you Young Master Justin!

    I will certainly have a look at their webpages.
    Pretty sure I will order a linnen summer suit in grey or blue
    quite soon.
    You did not mention the lining of your suit? 100% silk?

    Thank you for the good reading.

    Keep up the good work.

    Rgds.

  3. I wonder how your new jacket compares with a Oliver Brown linen jacket off the peg especially in regard to design, cut?

  4. I think if you only have a budget of 300 dollars you should wait a while, save up and buy a decent european suit! Looking at those pics in the review i think the shape of the lapels is ghastly….just compare it with an Italian cut jacket; there’s little or no lapel roll, and the sleeve head looks like something from an American Football player’s wardrobe. If u mix in anything like sophisticated society you wouldn’t touch that with a barge pole (as we say in UK!)

  5. An insightful and informative review. I noted many similar issues with my RCT suit, but as you said, for under a thousand I couldn’t hope to get something half so good with all of my individual specifications. All in all, the suit does turn heads on a night on the town, and it is a comfortable fit. I appreciate a well made suit as a work of art, and while I wouldnt can this suit high art purchase, it’s much like a having a designer come in and spruce up your home on s budget with some paint, new tables, light fixtures and furniture, art prints, and flowers. I had hoped to browse gentleman’s clothing forums for reviews on online custom tailoring among people who similarly appreciated the art of the suit, but it seemed to just be snobs sniping away and using words like “ghastly” and “civilized” at every turn in ways that I’m sure are far more affected and cheapened than a Donald Trump necktie.

    • Jim,
      Thank you for your thoughts. That’s a good comparison about Ravis. For what it is, its not bad. Although I think it could be better for what it is as the same time. Nice to hear you had a good experience with them. They do get a lot of shit on forums.
      -Justin

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