High-Quality Custom Shirts and Suits by Black Lapel

From exquisite silhouettes to premium materials at affordable prices, all done online

The difference between off-the-rack and custom suits and shirts cannot be further. Everything from one’s shape to style bears the brunt of this difference. And regardless of how much you love your tailor, there’s nothing like donning an article of clothing that simply fits upon purchase. But of course, the greatest barrier of entry for custom clothing is cost. Black Lapel alleviates that burden. With …

J. Mueser’s Custom Suits

An interview with the founder on the benefits of and steps behind bespoke tailoring

If you blink you might just miss the J. Mueser storefront in NYC’s West Village. Stepping inside, however, reveals not only the depths of the location and the plentitude of fabrics and ready to wear clothing, but also the imagination of founder Jake Mueser. The boutique lets customers get hands on with made-to-measure shirts and suits (produced upstate) and also allows access to J. Mueser’s …

Made in Spain, Qüero Shoes Land in NYC

Customize Chelsea boots, monk-strap shoes and more, most at $200 or less, online or in-person at their pop-up

Customized products do not have to equate with heart attack-inducing prices anymore. In the world of shoes, companies like Atlanta-based start-up Cobbler Union and Quoddy (who hand-sew moccasins and loafers in Maine) are making bespoke available for more people, with streamlined online ordering and prices hovering around $400. Brand-spanking-newcomer Qüero Shoes is bravely offering custom shoes, made in Spain using Italian and French leathers, at …

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost

The luxury automaker's latest iteration keeps meticulous details at its core

Launched in 2009 as a slightly smaller luxury model within the Rolls-Royce line-up, the Ghost is positioned below the flagship Phantom. It rocketed the marque—known for opulence and magnificence—to “verticalized success,” as Rolls-Royce set its sights on a different buyer. “This bold new generation of Rolls-Royce customer seeks a motor car with a silent assurance—a cosseting, super-premium environment in which to conduct business and augment …

Normal 3D Printed Earphones

Premium sounding, custom-made accessories printed in an NYC storefront

The most irritating, widely experienced issue with earphones is that they’re made for the “universal ear.” The one-size-fits-all approach works for many, but leaves others wondering if they’ll ever find a pair that fits their ear. While brands like Ultimate Ears and Etymotics offer custom-made, studio quality solutions, the service comes at a price that again isolates most consumers. NYC’s Normal aims to bridge the …