I was approached last summer by the good people at Knot Standard, until then an unknown name by me in the ever growing made to measure/custom marketplace. A few things immediately caught my attention. First, they claimed to be a bespoke operation in that they could accommodate any request yet still keep their price point under $1,000 (more on that later, obviously). Second, that Knot Standard has its production in Dubai; however, the company is based in New York City. So we had a nice chat and in short order agreed upon doing a review of the company’s suits and shirts.
Knot Standard has two different ranges; classic ($495) and K ($695). The primary difference is the construction and fabric. The Classic range is half canvassed and the K is fully canvassed. However, I believe Knot Standard will make a K fabric in a Classic form and vice versa. The fabric diversity is average, however, I think they should start incorporating seasonal fabric choices (linens, cottons and flannels). The order process is similar to other brands we have discussed (Black Lapel, Indochino). You create a profile, input your measurements, select your fabric and options. I also provided a picture of my upper body sans shirt, which although optional I highly recommend it. This allows their tailors to get a better idea of how your body looks and will make their job easier and ideally you a getter fitting suit. Is it weird to send them a photo? No, for centuries tailors have been seeing their clients in their undergarments. There is also an additional requests section of the order. This is where you can really go to town – change the width of lapels, gorge height, extended slide tab closure on pants etc. I got the impression that Knot Standard can handle nearly any request. And in my case they did this successfully so huge credit there.
Initially I chose a charcoal birdseye fabric from the K range. The suit was delivered in a timely manner, however, there were a things that Knot Standard got wrong which resulted in having to do a remake (to be fair remakes were also done with Alton Lane, Indochino and Black Lapel). I met with John Ballay, one of the founders of Knot Standard in New York to go over the suit and give some feedback. So we agreed on the necessary changes and put in for the remake. However, we changed the fabric. Knot Standard informed me that they had some fabrics from Reda in stock and that I could also choose from any of those. I was quite excited, Reda makes quality mid-price fabric. I wanted to keep with a similar fabric so I chose a charcoal birdseye, which ended up being a superior fabric to the one from the original suit. In a few weeks time the suit arrived.
As per usual I excitedly opened the box and tried the suit on. The fit was far better than the first suit. The only issue this time was that they raised the jacket buttoning point to be way to high and I specifically asked for a lower buttoning point in my original order. And it looked as if John took some of my suggestions to heart. The buttons are now of notable quality. The side tabs are much more elegant than those on the first set of pants. And the boutonniere, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Upon seeing the Milanese buttonhole on the boutonniere I specifically remember exclaiming ‘holy shit!’ For this is something you only see on much higher priced garments (I would certainly recommend requesting this in the additional requests section of your order). It can only be done by hand and it takes time, practice and skill (see photo below). The remake suit was clearly a few steps above the original suit. Check it out below.
To conclude. To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the first suit that Knot Standard sent me. However, with the remake my disappointment was completely overcome and I was extremely impressed with the remake suit (even with the misplaced button stance, I should note that on future suits this would be resolved). Generally speaking, the construction quality is very good for the price point and the final fit was also very good. However, it is Knot Standard’s ability to fulfill unique requests (and a Milanese buttonhole) that really make the brand stand out. That said, I fully recommend Knot Standard and I look forward to what they will bring to the table going forward.
Note: FYGblog did receive free product in the production of this review.