Six of the world's greatest suit makers

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We've all met that guy who insists on subtly (or so he thinks) letting everyone know how much his suit costs. And if you haven't met him personally, you've seen him in Arrested Development:

Don't be that guy, but do splurge on The Perfect Suit if you're lucky enough to visit one of the world's great bespoke suit makers. It'll set you back a fortune, but you'll look great wearing it while you drive your Bugatti to the airport so you can hop on your Gulfstream and fly off to a getaway on your private island.

Caraceni

In 1913 Domenico Caraceni - known by many as the father of Italian tailoring - opened a shop in Rome. He brought in his two brothers, who had also learned the art of tailoring from their father, and together they built the Caraceni brand.

The family business has since been passed down through generations, dressing many notable names along the way. Clients have included Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Agnelli and international royalty.

If you only make one purchase from Caraceni, make it the double-breasted jacket that's become the brand's trademark.

Flagship store: Via Fatebenefratelli, 16, Milan.

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Gieves & Hawkes

There is no talking about bespoke suits without mentioning Savile Row. Gieves & Hawkes occupies the coveted address of 1 Savile Row, which it has rightfully earned as one of the oldest continual bespoke tailoring companies in the world.

Since 1771, Gieves & Hawkes has been making ready-to-wear and bespoke suits for discerning gentlemen, as well as catering to the needs of the British Army and the Royal Navy.

Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, David Beckham and the Duke of Wellington have all been customers.

Flagship store: 1 Savile Row, London. 

Cifonelli

How do you keep a jacket slim and close-fitting, but still allow for total freedom of movement? Giuseppe Cifonelli began his tailoring business in 1880, determined to find a solution to that question, but it was his son Arturo who ultimately solved it.

Arturo trained in , and used his knowledge of both Italian and English style to develop the Cifonelli cut (hint: it's all in the shoulder). He then moved to Paris where the family business remains today, now under the guidance of his two grandsons, Massimo and Lorenzo.

Flagship store: 31 Rue Marbeuf, 75008, Paris.

Gianni Campagna

From a young age, inspired by Hollywood movies and their well-dressed stars, Gianni Campagna knew tailoring was his destiny. He became an apprentice tailor in Sicily at the age of 8 and by 18 was an apprentice to Domenico Caraceni.

In 1966, at only 22, Campagna won the Golden Needle Award for being the best tailor in Italy. After years of working his way up through the ranks at other companies, Campagna finally opened his own boutique tailoring shop in Milan.

His suits have been seen on the likes of Jack Nicholson, Charleston Heston and Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair.

Flagship store: Via Palestro, 24, Milan.

William Fioravanti

William Fioravanti hails from a long line of great Neapolitan tailors and has personally practiced the art for more than 35 years.

If you're in Manhattan, you can pay him a visit near Central Park. Why go so far for a suit? Well, because Fioravanti is the President of the Custom Tailors Designers Association of America. And because he has received heaps of awards, including the "Golden Scissors" from the Academy of Master Tailors in Italy.

And because he's just good at what he does.

Flagship store: 45 West 57th Street #402, New York.

Ascot Chang

And now, for something completely different, we turn to China. It was there that Ascot Chang apprenticed under a master shirtmaker in Shanghai, before moving to Hong Kong in 1949. In Hong Kong he began taking orders for custom shirts and opened his first store in 1953.

Today there are locations all around the world, from New York to Los Angeles to Manila, where clients customise their shirts from a selection of 15 collars, four cuff designs and eight styles of monogramming.

The bespoke range includes suits, pyjamas, boxer shorts, handkerchiefs and dressing gowns, but the shirts remain Ascot Chang's signature.

Flagship store: Shop 131, Landmark Prince's, Central, Hong Kong.

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