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What Your Lapel Hole Says About Your Suit

Today, I want to shed some light on the significance of that small hole on your lapel. Tailors often use it as an indicator of whether a suit is custom-made or off the rack. Let's delve into the details:

1. Machine-Made Buttonhole:

  • This is the type of buttonhole commonly found on off-the-rack garments.
  • It's relatively flat and features visible stitching on both sides.
  • While it gets the job done, it lacks the intricate craftsmanship of a custom buttonhole.
  • You'll need to cut it open when you purchase the jacket, and it's functional for lapel pins or boutonnieres.

2. Milanese Buttonhole:

  • The Milanese buttonhole is the hallmark of high-end custom tailoring.
  • It's meticulously handcrafted, taking around 45 minutes to create each one.
  • It boasts a robust, beautiful appearance, adding a touch of sophistication to the lapel.
  • It remains functional like the machine-made version but with a more pronounced edge and a distinct presence.

3. Customization Options:

  • You can opt for a straight Milanese buttonhole or choose a slightly slanted or tilted variation for a unique aesthetic.
  • Consider pairing Milanese buttonholes with custom suit buttons for a cohesive and elegant look.

In the end, both types of buttonholes serve their purpose, but the Milanese buttonhole is a testament to the artistry and attention to detail characteristic of custom-made suits. If you're looking for that extra touch of elegance and craftsmanship, it's the ideal choice. 


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