The future of suits & made-to-measure tech

19 October 2017

"No matter how technical processes become, one can never replace the ingenuity and the know-how of a professional."

We live in a high-tech world and the way we do business today has transformed. Offices have become optional, dress codes relaxed, and every interaction we have is governed by technology. To think a long-honoured tradition, such as men’s suiting develops with available technology might come as a surprise. However, the craft has always been the subject of innovation. It changes to suit trends and fashions of the day and has incorporated technological advances, such as those that occurred in the Industrial Revolution. Here are some of the new ways tailoring could change possibly in the future thanks to the creation of new fashion technology.

Laser cutting

At Oscar Hunt we employ the precision of laser cutting to ensure that every pattern of every suit is a perfect representation of our standards. The process uses the latest technology to modify our house cut to suit each client. Rather than hand drawing then hand cutting the block, this standardisation reduces the time required and removes margin for error. Laser cutting means you receive your garment sooner and the measurements taken in your initial fitting will be exacted throughout the fit of the suit.

3-D Scanning

While at this stage it might be a novelty, 3D scanning will one day become a forerunner in tailoring technology. Purpose-built scanners take thousands of body measurements accurate to within one 10th of a millimetre. These measurements are then applied to computer-generated patterns, which form the basis of a suit. While this technology is in its infancy, it’s unlikely that it will replace the human interaction required to craft made-to-measure. As with off-the-rack suiting, standardisation doesn't eliminate the human touches required for a well-fitting suit.

3-D Printing

3-D printing has come along in strides over the past few years; beads of various polymers transformed into objects from hammers to haute couture. While this development has yet to produce a single tailored suit, there is a chance one day that clothing will be engineered through this process. For now, 3-D printing can create interesting adornments, including intricate buttons or other key components, such as custom-made shoulder pads to give an even more personalised finish.

Despite the technological advances we have in our immediate future, there's no substitute for the guidance of a fitter. No matter how technical processes become, one can never replace the ingenuity and the know-how of a professional. Only a fitter can understand the subtle nuances of the human form and knows how to address them through the craft of tailoring.