|Venue name:||Freemans Sporting Club Benchmade Bespoke Studio|
8 Rivington St
|Cross street:||between Bowery and Chrystie St|
|Opening hours:||By appointment only.|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to Prince St; B, D to Grand St|
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Guys looking for dapper custom-made suits should visit this design studio and store—if you can find it. Enter through Freemans Restaurant and go upstairs, where you’ll encounter a faux bookcase, which is actually the door to the shop. The rustic interior features exposed brick walls, oversize leather couches and dress forms displaying in-process garments. Head tailor Felix Aybar uses fabric sourced from around the globe to create handmade two-piece suits ($3,950–$7,500), jackets ($3,000–$6,500), trousers ($950–$2,200) and vests ($500–$1,400). Binders are filled with fabric swatches such as wool, tweed, cashmere or mohair—with more than 5,000 options to choose from. The process begins with a style consultation, followed by four one-on-one fittings over eight weeks. In about three months you’ll receive your suit, embellished with a personalized label featuring your name and the date. Accessorize with Allen Edmonds water-resistant leather shoes ($675), vintage timepieces ($3,400–$6,500) and made-to-order AE McAteer leather belts ($250–$1,500).