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The feeling that comes with wearing an expensive luxury suit is unparalleled for men. In a time when our country is still recovering from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, luxury designers continue to produce suits that are $2,000, $5,000, and tens of thousands of dollars— and the market is there. Whether their motive is to look expensive to others or just the inward confirmation that they can afford such a piece of clothing, there’s a confidence that comes on the tags of these suits that men can’t stay away from. They’re not as pricey as the $1 million bespoke experience offered by Frosdick’s, but one certainly comes close. Here, we did the dirty work of finding the five most expensive suits that money can buy — but if you’re really in the mood to splurge, it’s up to you to get to the designer’s studio to place your made-to-measure custom order.
William Fioravanti Bespoke Suits
William Fioravanti should know a thing or two about fashion— he does come from a long line of fine Neopolitan tailors, after all. So it comes as no surprise that over his 35 years in the business of producing ready-to-wear collections that range from $5,500 to $7,000, he has the loyal customer base to charge up to $20,000 for made-to-measure suits. What could possibly account for a suit of this price, you ask? Easy: the beauty and allure of made-to-measure clothing is the aspect of customization, which of course adds a few more pennies to your final bill. What makes Fioravanti’s custom suits special is that they’re not just made-to-order— they’re bespoke, meaning that they’re made on premises by the same person who takes your measurements. Also consider the top 200-count fabric that is used, and the on-average 50 hours it takes Fioravanti’s talented hands to make each luxury suit.
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Brioni Vanquish II
The next suit on our list comes from Italian clothier Brioni, who, in an interesting turn of events, introduced its most expensive line of men’s suits in the fall of 2008, when our country’s financial status was at its lowest low. The recession didn’t seem to affect the label, though: its Vanquish II line is priced at $43,000 with suits made of rare fibers such as vicuna, pashmina, and qiviuk. And talk about limited— there are only about 100 of these suits in the world in 14 different styles. Handmade Brioni suits usually take 10 hours of hand sewing, 18 hours of fine craftsmanship to perfect features like buttons, and 42 stages of ironing. Brioni, known for dressing the James Bonds from Goldeneye to Casino Royale, as well as becoming a household name for male celebrities of the same level of sophistication, also offers custom-made suits from $4,955 and a line of ready to wear suits that start at $3,000.
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What makes luxury suit brand Kiton’s most expensive item so special is that its crafter, Enzo D’Orsi, is able to make them completely himself. Because of his ability to single-handedly create the suit without the help of others, he is willing to travel anywhere in the world to take measurements for a client. Starting at $30,000 and topping out at a whopping $50,000, the Kiton K-5 is made from merino sheep that are reared in Australia and New Zealand and got its name from the 50 hours of work that D’Orsi puts into each suit. If you’re looking for something a little less pricey, Kiton’s CIPA 1960 line includes suits that start at $5,500, while a step up in luxury would bring you to the Classic Suits line, which range from $7,000 to $8,000. And just one notch lower than the K-5, Kiton’s bespoke made-to-measure suits run up to $21,000 or more.
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Alexander Amosu’s Bespoke Suit
The second most expensive suit in the world comes from a young 36-year-old entrepreneur who used the first million dollars he made by creating ringtones to craft this exclusive piece of clothing. The untitled single-breasted suit by Alexander Amosu was made in 2009 for an anonymous London partygoer who had a hefty $103,000 to spare for the garment made of a scarce wool. Called viuna and qiviuk, the rare wools are the most expensive in the world, coming from a rare South American camel-like animal and muskoxen, respectively. The stringent regulation on this type of wool-gathering also contributes to the expense of the fabric. The designer put over 80 hours and 5,000 individual stitches into the piece, and he also managed to thread 18 karat gold into the fabric. The suit’s finishing touches include nine 18 karat gold and pavé set diamond buttons, and just to make sure it was securely sent to his client, Amosu had the suit delivered in an armored Range Rover. Talk about arriving in style!
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The R. Jewels Diamond Edition
Luxury designer Stuart Hughes used to be best known for creating gold-plated and diamond-encrusted gadgets, but that was before he collaborated with tailor Richard Jewels to create the most expensive suit in the world. The R. Jewels Diamond Edition suit has all the other price tags on this list beat— and not by just a couple of dollars. The world’s most expensive suit comes in at just under $900,000 and is the product of 600 man hours. The laborious process explains the suit’s rarity— only three in the world exist. Deemed “The Suit” on the Stuart Hughes website, it features a cashmere wool and silk blended fabric studded with 480 single cut diamonds— each of them .5 carats. To reward buyers of the suit, Hughes and Jewels offer an all-expenses paid trip to St. Lucia. We certainly can’t think of a better way to show off your nearly million dollar brand new suit than on the damp and sandy shores of an island in the Caribbean.
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By Nicolle Keogh