Many believe that the image of a man in a fine-tailored suit is to the female of the species what the image of a woman in lingerie is to a man: Oozing sexiness. It’s true, fine suits and tuxedos have almost always been the height of male fashion, lending wearer status and attendant charisma, machismo, and utter confidence. On the other hand, the suit has lately been largely shunned by the high-flying, uber class of CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page, with Silicone Valley bigwigs favouring jeans and scrappy tees as the suit becomes increasingly associated with the stuffy, high-powered finance magnate. It’s really all about how you wear it.
Although luxury fashion and beauty is normally associated with women, in the world of luxury fabrics and tailoring some of the most expensive men’s suits are still ludicrously extravagant in terms of pricing and quality. Most of us might blanch at the necessity of paying $1,000 for a nice suit. That’s just pennies, of course, when we consider the cost of some of the world's finest hand-made, hand-tailored and stitched luxury suits made with some of the rarest fabrics and by the most renowned designers in the world.
Most of these suits are necessarily reserved for the superclass: The world's leading businessmen, celebrities, and world leaders who can afford to spend more money on a single suit than you can afford to spend on your car (or even your house). Such is the nature and allure of the exclusivity inherent in these, the 10 most expensive men’s suits in the world.
10 Ermenegildo Zegna Bespoke - $22,000
Italian designers and fashion houses have been producing some of the most coveted apparel in men’s fashion for eons. Italians are known for their precision tailoring and for using the best fabric in the world. Ermenegildo Zegna is one of the top-tier Italian fashion houses. They started over 100 years ago in Trivero, Italy, in 1910.
9 World Wood Record Challenge Cup Suits - $28,000
You might be wondering what the World Wood Record Challenge is? It’s a competition sponsored and hosted by the cashmere manufacturers Loro Piana, currently owned by the brothers Luigi and Sergio Loro Piana. Each year they call for aspiring designers to create and tailor their best suits for men. Through a voting selection, the best designer is chosen, and their design is precisely cut into 50 suits to be sold under the Loro Piana brand.
8 Brioni Vanquish II - $43,000
When the economy went down the tubes in 2008, Italian luxury clothier Brioni decided to practice some reverse psychology on their customers by introducing their most expensive line of suits ever. These suits are made from the super-luxurious Vanquish II fabric, a cloth produced by UK-based Dormeuil. Vanquish II uses blends of some of the rarest fibers in the world, including qiviuk, pashmina, and vicuna. They make just 100 of these handmade suits a year and the suit’s stitching is made of white gold.
7 Desmond Merrion Supreme Bespoke - $47,500
6 Kiton K-50 - $60,000
5 William Westmancott Ultimate Bespoke - $75,000
William Westmancott is the Savile Row neighbor of Desmond Merrion. But what makes his “Ultimate Bespoke” $28,500 more expensive than Merrion’s “Supreme Bespoke?” Well, this Westmancott suit is a 3- or 4- piece suit instead of a 2-piece. It takes 200 hours for experts at Westmancott to tailor and design this ultra-light, expensive suit.
4 Zoot Suit - $78,000
This off-putting, World War II era striped zoot suit was sold in 2011 at New York City’s Augusta Auctions for $78,000. Augusta Auctions is a vintage clothing company owned by Karen Augusta, and she originally priced the suit to sell at $600-$900.
3 Dormeuil Vanquish II - $95,319
2 Alexander Amosu Vanquish II Bespoke - $101,860
Alexander Amosu is a luxury goods entrepreneur, not just a men’s clothing specialist. He did, however, roll out this exquisite suit at over $100,000. He made his fortune creating hip-hop ringtones, then made gold- and diamond-encrusted mobile phones. In 2009 he launched his own clothing company.
1 Stuart Hughes Diamond Edition - $892,500
The most expensive suit in the world is ridiculously priced at almost a million dollars. When you see what the suit includes, however, the price is understandable. Famed luxury goods designer Stuart Hughes teamed up with world-renowned tailor Richard Jewels to create this extravagant piece of art of which there are only three in the world.
These suits took more than 800 hours to design and stitch, and they are made of wool, cashmere, silk. What skyrockets the price of this bedazzled trouser and jacket combo? Diamonds. Over 480 half-carat diamonds are etched onto the exterior lining of these jackets, creating the most outlandishly expensive (if not outlandish looking) suit in the world.
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