Ready-to-wear or Made-to-measure? Consumer Choice in the British Menswear Trade, 1900–1939
Author: Ugolini, Laura
Source: Textile History, Volume 34, Number 2, November 2003 , pp. 192-213(22)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:This article explores British men's attitudes towards the purchase of a particular commodity — the suit — in order to shed some light on the nature of male consumer demand in the four decades before the outbreak of the Second World War. The focus is on men's motives for choosing between a ready-to-wear and a made-to-measure suit. Financial considerations aside, the article suggests that interested and well-informed male consumers generally preferred to buy bespoke suits : while usually more expensive than their ready-made counterparts, these were also perceived to be better quality, better looking, and better value, and therefore most likely to enhance the wearer's sense of self-worth as a manly, discerning and successful consumer.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2003-11-01