Most of these suits are necessarily reserved for the superclass with a luxury lifestyle. Many believe that the image of a man in a fine-tailored suit is 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.
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.
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.
Zegna manufactures suits for labels such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Tom Ford, and they are one of the biggest global producers of fine fabrics in the world. This $22,000 light, luxurious and refined bespoke was created by the fourth generation of the Zegna family. It is individually fitted and reportedly made up of over 700 fabrics.
World Wood Record Challenge Cup Suits – $28,000
World Wood Record Challenge is 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.
In 2012, the winner was a woman named Susanna Triplett from New South Wales, Australia. She produced wool that was just 11.1 microns in diameter, and the suits they made from her design ran at $28,000 a piece.
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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.
Desmond Merrion Supreme Bespoke – $47,500
Desmond Merrion is one of the most renowned tailors on London’s legendary Savile Row. These fine, hand-tailored suits come in at nearly $50,000.
As Merrion put it himself: “I will personally place every single stitch in your suit by hand; a machine will never touch the garment at any stage. This handmade is the absolute pinnacle in tailoring. Your suit will take me so long to make, it cannot be measured in man hours. It will take MONTHS of my time to make the perfectly crafted suit. The finished suit will appear as if it has not been handcrafted, but sculpted around your torso”.
Kiton K-50 – $60,000
Kiton has been in business since 1968, and today they are Italy’s top designer brand for men’s suits.
The K-50 suit was designed by world-famous tailor Enzo D’Orsi of Savile Row fame. The suit is made from merino sheep wool. The K-50 name has a double meaning: It takes Enzo 50 hours to complete each suit, and he only makes 50 per year.
William Westmancott Ultimate Bespoke – $75,000
This suit was originally designed to target high-profile Middle Eastern and Russian moguls. Westmacott will also throw in five bespoke shirts for free for any buyers, which has been a successful marketing ploy.
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.
Dormeuil Vanquish II – $95,319
The Dormeuil family business was established over 170 years ago, in 1842. The Vanquish II fabric is the brainchild of the patriarch, Jules Dormeuil, mixing the best British and French cloth to design the ultimate luxury tailored suits.
It has been claimed that they’ve offered their services to kings, presidents, and celebrities for years. This particularly expensive suit consists of six of the world’s rarest fabrics: royal Qivuik, Ambassador, Dorsilk, Kyrgyz White, and Fifteen Point Eight.
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Alexander Amosu Vanquish II Bespoke – $101,860
Alexander Amosu is a luxury goods entrepreneur and in 2009 he launched his own clothing company.
It’s made from two of the most expensive wools in the world: rare vicuna and qivuik, and was custom-made for an anonymous buyer. It was reported that it was also delivered in an armored van. Each suit has 9 buttons of 18-carat gold and diamonds.
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.