Definition of bespoke in US English:

bespoke

adjective

British
  • 1Made for a particular customer or user.

    ‘a bespoke suit’
    ‘bespoke kitchens’
    ‘bespoke software systems’
    ‘group tours and bespoke itineraries’
    • ‘A bespoke suit, on the other hand, is made from scratch, and designed to your liking and specifications.’
    • ‘The firm does not design bespoke software, but develops broadly based systems to which features can be added or removed as required.’
    • ‘A bespoke suit really does cover flaws perfectly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Individual customers would order a vehicle to suit their requirements - a bit like a bespoke suit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It belongs to the new order of complex bespoke systems in which every structural and cladding component is unique.’
    • ‘The bespoke leather sofas were ordered and hand-made in Portugal.’
    • ‘But surely he can't afford bespoke suits on the £25,000 a year he takes as the average skilled workers wage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bespoke suit will wear well and hold its cut for years.’
    • ‘The desire here was not so much to wear a bespoke suit as to find out how much one costs.’
    • ‘Of course the situation is totally different for bespoke suits, where supply is limited by work capacity!’
    • ‘If your body shape varies from the ‘normal’ then a bespoke suit or two is certainly worth the investment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although you can't order a bespoke unit, the design of the existing models is flexible.’
    • ‘At that point, you may as well consider ordering a bespoke suit.’
    • ‘Their son, also named Alexander, took over in 1974 and has seen the trade in bespoke suits decline ever since.’
    • ‘A bespoke design can be the best solution if you have an awkward space or want to use unusual materials.’
    1. 1.1 Making or selling bespoke goods, especially clothing.
      ‘bespoke tailors’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It takes a highly skilled bespoke craftsman 3-hours to paint a single, 6-metre long coachline’
      • ‘I know this because I have my very own bespoke tailor - but not of the Savile Row variety.’
      • ‘Gerard, a bespoke tailor with 52 years of experience in the trade, started chalking cloth again.’
      • ‘Her husband of five years is a bespoke tailor with a client base stretching across Europe and North America.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Would it not be more original to have a suit made by a designer from home, or a bespoke tailor from your town?’
      • ‘I am a forty-year maker of musical instruments, aircraft, sailboats, and I have always worked as a professional bespoke craftsman.’
      • ‘Tom, my bespoke English tailor friend, talks about the history of his 100-year-old cutting shears.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I passed bespoke tailors and furriers with 'liquidacion' painted across the windows, bored shop assistants watching children pick over the garbage outside.’
      • ‘You may be interested in the blog of a bespoke tailor that appeared a little while back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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

/bəˈspōk//bəˈspoʊk/