In formal affairs like weddings, proms and cruises, the tuxedo is still the way to go. It is safe, formal and stylish. A typical tuxedo usually has satin facings on the lapels and buttons on the jacket. A similar stripe also runs along the outer seam of the trousers. It is usually black in colour, although some opt for a midnight blue.
You will find some of the classiest tuxedos in Savile Row, but not everyone can go there. Here are some of the most expensive tuxedos in the world.
Issey Miyake – $2,800
Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion house known for its clothing designs and fragrances. Miyake himself was a graphic design student in Tokyo before working in the fashion hubs of Paris and NYC. He then established Miyake Design Studio in 1970, and came out with the black turtlenecks that became the signature attire of Steve Jobs. His suits and tuxedos currently go for $2,800.
Jay Kos – $2,800
Jay Kos is a designer from New York. He is known for his colours and patterns, and for his penchant for playing around with the old and new. He uses vintage fabrics to create modern designs. Kos is not the traditional tux maker as we know it, as he eschews black. Still, he attracts clients like hip hop moguls and rappers, as well as businessmen looking for something unique and different.
Anderson & Sheppard – $3,100
Anderson & Sheppard was responsible for the London cut, a style developed by its founder, Per Anderson. Anderson came up with the cut that features a small armhole with generous upper sleeves. The jacket remain close to the neck, while the arm can move around freely and comfortably. Some of its clients included Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Fiennes, Manolo Blahnik and Prince Charles.
Ralph Lauren – $3,295
Ralph Lauren is a fashion designer and executive known for the immensely popular Polo Ralph Lauren brand. He is one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of $6.5 billion. His menswear line has received recognition from prestigious award-giving bodies like the COTY Awards.
Giorgio Armani – $3,595
Giorgio Armani is a fashion designer from Italy. His designs stand out because of the clean and tailored lines. He has ties with show business after designing the costumes for the 1980 movie called American Gigolo that starred Richard Gere.
Brioni – $48,000
Brioni makes handmade suits. The company has about 25,000 elite customers, to whom they allocate a quarter of their entire production. Brioni suits start from 6,500, and their most expensive item is a pinstripe suit made mostly of the expensive wool of the vicuna, a rare South American animal. The stitching is made of white gold. This suit costs $48,000.
Kiton – $50,000
A luxury clothing company from Naples, Italy, Kiton specializes in tailor-made suits and tuxedos. It is considered as the most expensive suit in the world, with a bespoke K50 costing $50,000, while a typical made-to-measure item costs $20,000. Their classic line of ready to wear suits cost about $8,000. The vintage line is available for $5,500.