As it starts with most suit companies I receive an email asking if I would like to review their suits. If I have heard of the company and seen their site before I need to do little due diligence. However, when I have not heard of the brand my first step is to do a little research. Something that is hard to do with new or really small companies, which was the case with Matthew Aperry.
Upon first looking at the Matthew Aperry website I was, to be honest, not impressed. The site was not as clean as many others out there and the models were wearing ill fitting suits (the site is better now, but still not where it should be). And there was little to nothing else out there on Matthew Aperry from other resources to speak to the company’s suits. Somewhat of a mystery the company proved to be. I was intrigued and decided to accept Louis’s offer (Louis has been my person of contact) and review a suit from Matthew Aperry.
My first impression of the suit was quite different from my first impression of the company’s website. I was impressed.
The measurement and ordering process was akin to others I have been through. Choose a fabric, details and watch the measurement videos/diagrams to input my measurements. I chose the Ocean Blue Linen fabric for the suit and vest ($279, it is listed as a pant fabric but can be made as a suit upon request). For the jacket I chose peak lapels, 2 buttons, patch pockets, side vents, half lined, functioning sleeve buttons and no pick stitching. I ordered two pair of pants. One with belt loops, suspender buttons, no cuffs, no pleats and two back pockets. The other had no belt loops, side tabs, no cuffs, no pleats and two back pockets. The vest had 6 buttons, single breasted and 3 pockets.
It is important to make note of something. Matthew Aperry boasts to be a bespoke operation of sorts. So I decided to test them out with patch pockets, half lining and a specific lapel width; none of which were standard options. Not the most complex requests, but still ones that needed to be specially requested (this is done by emailing Matthew Aperry). Each of which were executed to my specifications. The patch pockets were positioned an inch too high on the jacket, which Louis noted is the standard for the company. In the future I would specify how high the pockets should be.
I was extremely impressed with the full canvas construction of the suit, especially considering it is in the sub $300 price range. The suit was made in China (where the company is based), if you are wondering. Please refer to the photos below. I make some comments on how things could be better, but you have to keep in mind the price. Also keep in mind that many of the issues can be fixed on a remake or future suits. What I was able to take away from the suit is that although this suit is well done, with more specific instructions Matthew Aperry can make an even better suit for the same amount of money, which is good to know.
As with any suit, the most important aspect is fit. My measurements were followed well and I am happy with how the suit fits. Through the body and sleeves the jacket has enough excess room to move while still keeping a decent shape. The pants are also comfortable and I am happy with the look of them. The shoulders sit well, but I would prefer they be more natural and have less wading and padding at the sleevehead. On future suits I would probably decrease the shoulder width by .25″ and lengthen the jacket by the same amount. I would also ask for a lower buttoning point, luckily the one on this jacket is not too high so as to look bad, but higher than I prefer. But for a first suit the result is good. I apologize for the photos being fuzzy, but hopefully you are able to get a good idea of how the suit fits.
What is received from Matthew Aperry for what is paid is one of the best values in the online custom suit market. You have to keep in mind the suits are less than $300 (the lowest priced suit I have reviewed), which makes what is offered even more notable. If you are someone who likes a lot of customization then I would say it is the best value online, at least from companies I have dealt with. In certain circumstances I would choose Matthew Aperry over other makers who charge double. As I have said, I was very impressed by the company’s promise to meet special requests at no additional fee. Although there are some issues with the details I believe that with more specificity on my part the issues would not be present. Taking all of this into account I do recommend Matthew Aperry and would order from the company again. If you have any questions or comments of your own, please feel free to sound off in the comments.
Note: FYGblog did receive a suit in the course of this review. Extra trousers were purchased separately. As always, the utmost care was taken to maintain an unbiased and objective position on the company being reviewed.