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.
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.
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.
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.