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Article: Ready-to-Wear (RTW) and Made-to-Measure (MTM)

MTO MTM RTW PAP made to measure vs ready to wear bespoke

Ready-to-Wear (RTW) and Made-to-Measure (MTM)

All our stores offer a tailoring service, which allows your ready to wear Pini Parma garment to be altered to your measurements. This is usually completed in one week. 
We also offer an in-store only Made-to-Measure service, which we cover in details in this article.

Nowadays, making the distinction between the terms Ready-to-Wear (RTW) and Made-to-Measure (MTM) can sometimes be quite challenging.  Which one of these will suit your needs and budget the most?

A Ready-to-Wear garment is, literally, “ready” to be worn. It is produced based on an existing pattern that is unique to each brand and intended for a high amount of production. 

As every brand has a different ready to wear pattern, a size 48 from brand A might fit your morphology perfectly whereas brand B’s size 48 will not suit as good. Consequently, this is why the “Drop” (difference between the chest width and the waist width) is a major reference point when it comes to ready to wear garments. 

Indeed, a Drop 7 is recommended for a “V” shaped body type whereas a Drop 6 will be more appropriate for “H” shaped body type. 

At Pini Parma, our ready-to-wear collection features sartorial details and finishing touches without the limitations of time and budget for MTM and Bespoke. 


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Immediacy and affordability are two of the benefits of ready to wear: if the garment suits you well and you are happy with the fit, you can take it home the same day if no alterations are needed. Budget wise, ready to wear is of course more affordable and consequently more accessible than Made to Measure. However, as the pattern is standardized, it will not be adapted to all body types and their subtleties. 

Therefore, we offer an alternative to ready to wear: Made to Measure (MTM).

This service allows you to customize your suit, jacket, trousers or coat and offers you a high quality product at an attractive price point that carries all the details of an Italian made garment. 

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Based on our pattern and characteristics, you can select fabric from the most renowned cloth mills: Loro Piana, Marling & Evans, Drago, Drapers, Hunddersfield & more...) and stylistic details, such as the type of pockets and lapels.

Moreover, our Made to Measure service allows you to modify 40 different points of our pattern such as the sleeves’ length or the jacket’s length but also more complex features such as the shoulder height and take into consideration your posture in order to guarantee a perfect fit. 


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Distinction has to be made between Bespoke and Made to Measure: Bespoke consists in the creation of a completely new and unique pattern whereas Made to Measure consists in the modification of an existing pattern. 

This program lets you create a unique garment. For example, it can be a fully canvassed “three roll two” jacket featuring a patch chest pocket, double AMF stitching (2 and 6 mm), 28 cm double side vents, customized initials... We advice you to stay close to our DNA in order to fully appreciate the benefits of Italian elegance.

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Your garment will be delivered in 8 weeks. 

Our team will be more than happy to guide and advise you through the entire process, depending on your personal needs, from the choice of the cloth until the final adjustments. See you in store!



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