A bespoke suit for you is definitely a possibility in Athens, yet the required fittings are normally scheduled within a period that might exceed your vacation time. There is a rich tailoring heritage in this city, and even now that made-to-order is a less frequent request than a ready-made suit, you will find accomplished specialists to create one for you from scratch or to offer you a great option from their RTW selection. For decades, wealthy men in the capital of Greece have been very meticulous and demanding regarding their wardrobe choices, hence the surviving family businesses that are thriving over more than one generation. Tailors in Athens offer high-quality creations based on Italian- and British-inspired pattern-making, using the best fabrics and materials, at a wide range of price points. You can trust them for custom options as well as for the ones that come right off the rack.
They are definitely experts in the field. A bespoke suit – which is one completely handmade to fit your body shape and personality – can be delivered in 6-10 weeks. The good news is that they can also offer you the ‘Bespoke Measured’ option that involves a pattern cut in your exact measurements and execution that combines hand-made and machine craftsmanship, with a delivery frame of 4-8 weeks. Another faster option is ‘Made-to-Measure’, where you can pick under consultation separates or suits from the hand-made store collection with the in-house team of tailors adjusting each to overcome fit limitations. You can choose among the English, Italian, and Neapolitan styles of suits. At the store, go through a great range of high-end brands, including Albert Thurston, Anna Purna, Amys, Marol, Oxxford Clothes, Regent, Sciamat, Turnbull & Asser, and Jan Leslie. Hand-made shirts are made of fabric from Alumo, Sic Tess, Prince Rose, Grandi Rubinelli, and others, while suit fabric weavers include Carlo Barbera, Dormeuil, Holland & Sherry, Loro Piana, and Moxon. Accessories are also available for a complete look. Founder Vassilis Bourtsalas has passionately been researching the art of tailoring since 2004 and is happy to welcome new discerning clients at his “tailoring lab” or “gallery of style” in the upmarket area of Kolonaki.
Since 1947 they have been specializing in the art of bespoke shirt-making in the same atelier as today, a few steps from Syntagma Square, the heart of Athens. Choosing strictly the best fabrics from Switzerland’s top factories, then cutting and sewing them with dexterity so that the shirts meet the most demanding clients’ standards, it remains a household name with international collaborations. The brand now covers an exclusive Made in Athens Knitwear Collection and a Made-to-Measure & Βespoke Suit Service in collaboration with the most famous Italian and English fabric mills such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Holland & Sherry, Dormeuil, Vitale Barberis Canonico, and Reda, and a great range of suit options readily available at the store.
This family business started in 1907 with a small tailoring shop in Kalamata, a big city in Southern Greece. Descendant Panayotis Gianettos worked in Chicago in the 60s and got tailoring studies certificates in the UK, France, Germany, and the USA. Along with their bespoke services, the next generations exported their ready-made suits collaborating with global brands such as Brooks Brothers. For their custom creations with a 2-3 weeks delivery frame, they use fabrics from Zegna, Loro Piana, Cerrutti, Reda, Charles Clayton, Barberis Canonico, Guabello. You can visit one of their stores in downtown Athens, either closer to Syntagma or in Kolonaki.
This is the man who had created bespoke suits for NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers. The ‘Greek Freak’ was wearing one of those when he received his NBA’s Most Valuable Player of the Year 2018-19 award, which was custom-lined by Papadogamvros with images from the Parthenon, and this is not his only Papadogamvros suit with Ancient Greek imagery printed on its lining! The famous tailor also convinced French footballer Djibril Cissé to wear a custom-designed skirt. If you really have the time to order a bespoke suit, he will definitely give you the VIP treatment in a classic or avant-garde way. It is definitely worth the 30-45 minute drive to the beautiful Northern suburb of Kifissia, where the atelier is.
With options among bespoke/handmade (delivery in 8-9 weeks), made-to-measure (delivery in 4-5 weeks), and ready-to-wear (delivery in 2-3 weeks), they make sure you get a great suit optionally complemented with ties, bow-ties, pocket squares, cufflinks, and other accessories. Check the full range of possibilities at their boutique in Kolonaki on the foothills of Mount Lycabettus.
A second-generation tailor to a family business that opened in Athens in 1967, Ioannis Gavrilidis takes the art of bespoke tailoring very seriously, applying long-practiced traditional techniques and using the finest materials and fabrics.
Established in 1970 and participating at Pitti Uomo (the world’s most important menswear platform of events in Florence), this artisanal workshop near Syntagma Square offers a perfectionist edge on bespoke and made-to-measure tailoring based on the allure of world-class fabrics and techniques.
In an elegantly decorated 50s-building ground floor boutique that opened its doors in 1989, you will find menswear by handpicked European and American brands as well as ‘sur mesure’ options. The boutique represents custom handmade clothing brands and is organizing trunk shows with skilled tailors from home ateliers taking care of special orders.
In Valaoritou, one of Athens’s most prestigious pedestrian streets, check out this understated and sophisticated shop that offers men’s ready-to-wear, made-to-measure, and accessories for various occasions and settings. This elegant boutique with custom-made options is worth your attention — it offers eclectic products from the world’s best Italian & British fabric mills: Ermenegildo Zegna, Loro Piana, Vitale Barberis Canonico, Carlo Barbera, Ariston, Caccioppoli Napoli, Holland & Sherry, Drapers, Thomas Mason, and more at a wide price range. With 50 years of experience, it delivers a service of the highest caliber while building lifetime client relationships.
In an impressive renovated neoclassical building in Kolonaki, you will find representative pieces from Corneliani, Cerruti 1881, and other brands, including a wide range of suit options to pick and go. They can adjust them to your measurements if you have a little more time before the scheduled occasion.