Definition of bespoke in English:

bespoke

adjective

British
  • 1Made for a particular customer or user:

    ‘a bespoke suit’
    ‘bespoke kitchens’
    ‘bespoke software systems’
    ‘group tours and bespoke itineraries’
    • ‘Although you can't order a bespoke unit, the design of the existing models is flexible.’
    • ‘The majority of his customers are either those looking for a bespoke suit or those with unusual measurements, who struggle to find something to fit.’
    • ‘A bespoke suit really does cover flaws perfectly.’
    • ‘At 57, he has the same feel as one of the bespoke suits he used to sell - conservative and understated but with a quality that speaks for itself.’
    • ‘Their son, also named Alexander, took over in 1974 and has seen the trade in bespoke suits decline ever since.’
    • ‘A bespoke suit will wear well and hold its cut for years.’
    • ‘Its home-based design development will be expanded and sufficient printing capacity retained to concentrate on short print runs and bespoke orders from restoration projects.’
    • ‘The firm does not design bespoke software, but develops broadly based systems to which features can be added or removed as required.’
    • ‘The desire here was not so much to wear a bespoke suit as to find out how much one costs.’
    • ‘The firm, one of the oldest manufacturers in York, was established 110 years ago, and has been building bespoke natural wood veneer furniture ever since, concentrating largely on the office market.’
    • ‘The bespoke leather sofas were ordered and hand-made in Portugal.’
    • ‘At that point, you may as well consider ordering a bespoke suit.’
    • ‘If your body shape varies from the ‘normal’ then a bespoke suit or two is certainly worth the investment.’
    • ‘A latter-day dandy, he was renowned as much for his cut-glass vowels as for his Savile Row suits, bespoke shirts and handmade brogues.’
    • ‘A bespoke suit, on the other hand, is made from scratch, and designed to your liking and specifications.’
    • ‘Individual customers would order a vehicle to suit their requirements - a bit like a bespoke suit.’
    • ‘It belongs to the new order of complex bespoke systems in which every structural and cladding component is unique.’
    • ‘A bespoke design can be the best solution if you have an awkward space or want to use unusual materials.’
    • ‘But surely he can't afford bespoke suits on the £25,000 a year he takes as the average skilled workers wage.’
    • ‘Of course the situation is totally different for bespoke suits, where supply is limited by work capacity!’
    1. 1.1 Making or selling bespoke goods, especially clothing:
      ‘the bespoke tailors of Savile Row’
      • ‘I passed bespoke tailors and furriers with 'liquidacion' painted across the windows, bored shop assistants watching children pick over the garbage outside.’
      • ‘There is such a shortage of bespoke tailors in Britain that shops based in London's exclusive Savile Row ask him to create suits at his factory for some of their most famous clients.’
      • ‘Her husband of five years is a bespoke tailor with a client base stretching across Europe and North America.’
      • ‘I am a forty-year maker of musical instruments, aircraft, sailboats, and I have always worked as a professional bespoke craftsman.’
      • ‘He recruits the services of a bespoke English tailor who has apparently made the leap from Saville Row to Panama to make suits for the rich and powerful.’
      • ‘You may be interested in the blog of a bespoke tailor that appeared a little while back.’
      • ‘Tom, my bespoke English tailor friend, talks about the history of his 100-year-old cutting shears.’
      • ‘It takes a highly skilled bespoke craftsman 3-hours to paint a single, 6-metre long coachline’
      • ‘Would it not be more original to have a suit made by a designer from home, or a bespoke tailor from your town?’
      • ‘I know this because I have my very own bespoke tailor - but not of the Savile Row variety.’
      • ‘And let's say, not too long ago, you called up my bespoke Savile Row tailor friend and booked an appointment because you wanted a new suit.’
      • ‘Unlike the bespoke tailor who will use the collar/sleeve as a guide to build the chest and the girth of the shirt, most online sites take an estimate.’
      • ‘With such sartorial concessions not available any longer, men of the new millennium need to refer to good bespoke tailors or salesmen retailers to find out how long the tie should hang.’
      • ‘Gerard, a bespoke tailor with 52 years of experience in the trade, started chalking cloth again.’
      • ‘From idea to realization, as a bespoke craftsman boatbuilder I would be happy to take on your project.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: past participle of bespeak.

Pronunciation:

bespoke

/bɪˈspəʊk/