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More Made to Measure

If there's one thing there's always been a lack of in South Africa, it's high-end personalised menswear. But thanks to the new custom tailoring service by Marcel de Groot and Jorg Hasenbach, all this is set to change. 'At MORE Made to Measure, we offer an almost endless choice and combination of Italian fabrics, linings, stitching and finishing details to create a personal and individualised suit for each client,' explains Marcel, who's been nicknamed the 'Travelling Tailor'. In keeping with the exclusive nature of the service, the duo operates 'by appointment only' and Marcel visits clients at a place of their choice in order to present the collection. MORE offers clients a choice of about 700 different Italian fabrics for suits, 200 Italian shirt fabrics, 36 button options, about 100 different fabrics for lining, and a choice of 15 thread colours for monograms and stitching. 'We believe that every individual is unique, both in terms of their body shape as well as in their sense of style. Therefore, why should someone settle for anything less than the perfect fit and look?' Because of the wide range of choices, and the fact that clients can individualise their suits on 50 different points, a private appointment lasts for at least an hour. This includes measuring, choosing options and receiving personal advice from Marcel, who has 10 years' experience in the field of men's suits and shirts. MORE is a Cape Town-based company, but Johannesburg clients can take advantage of the service every four to six weeks, when Marcel travels to Joburg and books a suite at the Westcliff for consultations. Suits generally take six to eight weeks from order to final completion, depending on the availability of the fabrics. Prices are extremely reasonable, considering the attention to detail and personalised service, with an entry-level suit costing R4 900 and an average suit R7 500. For more info visit more.za.com. To book an appointment call Marcel on 079-695-0460 or Jorg on 082-922-3337.