Since 1946 we have been honored of dressing prominent personalities -
presidents, diplomats, businessmen, artists, even the Nobel laureates...

 

Style

Others sew suits. We - to the contrary - dress our Clients. This is not the same.

Tailoring requires something more than handwork. It needs to be guided by a concept - a concept of an ideal outline. Same as Michelangelo defined the ideal manly proportions in his masterpiece - David, we enclosed the perfect masculine silhouette within our cardboard patterns. We aim to create an outline defined by proportional shoulder line and shaped waist. Well-cut and impeccably tailored suit does not, in fact, reflect the real build, but presents the silhouette as it should be. It is designed to express personality and aspirations.

Hand-crafted suits we sew are genuine artisanal pieces of art: unique and exceptional. They convey precious feelings and emotions. Every customer is treated individually, and every order takes from 80 up to 160 hours to make. As a result everyone can count on an unique cut guaranteed by the style and timeless elegance of Turbasa, developed over 65 years. This is why our suits do not age...

We provide bespoke tailoring and cut:

BESPOKE SUITS:

  • day suit
  • business suit
  • sport suit
  • dinner suit
  • blazer
  • stroller/stresemann suit
  • tailcoat
  • morning suit, etc.

BESPOKE OVERCOATS:

  • ulster coat
  • chesterfield
  • loden coat
  • dufflecoat
  • trench and raincoats
  • reversible overcoat
  • hubertus coat
  • fur-lined coat, etc.

The art of making a suit

  • 1. CREATING A PATTERN
    1. CREATING A PATTERN

    Every time bespoke tailoring begins with the creation of the prototype. Although the individual Client's pattern is one of its kind, every next suit in unique. It is influenced by the shifts of mood and emotions, different cloths, trimmings...

    The art of tailoring a suit commence with elaborate measurement taking. Based on that, the Client’s silhouette, reflecting every detail of his figure, is transferred onto paper.

    Our cut is curved (a little draped), completely opposite to a flat cut used in making ready-to-wear clothes. A man is after all multidimensional and does not consist of flat surfaces, but of curves. The every customer's pattern is stored in our archive, ready to create yet another exceptional piece of bespoke clothing.

  • 2. CUTTING THE CLOTH
    2. CUTTING THE CLOTH

    The Master Cutter, with a piece of chalk in his hands, transfers the paper pattern onto a cloth. Then the fabric is cut by hand and equipped with the description containing the measurements, the Client’s silhouette details and the style of garment. Subsequently the cut-out is bequeathed to the highly skilled tailors, each specializing in a different type of garment: the jacket-, waistcoat- and trouser-makers. They discuss the details with the Cutter, deciding upon the best techniques, cloth qualities and the selection of the finest, natural accessories(canvas, linings, buttons, etc.). At this point the unique skills of the tailors leave their imprints on the final result.

  • 3. BASTE STITCHING
    3. BASTE STITCHING

    At this stage the cut-out cloth is steam-modeled with a tailor’s iron. Some elements are padded with canvas and haircloth. These effective techniques were developed by Master Józef Turbasa - the founder of the company, and are used until this day. Later the individual cut-outs are hand-sewn with the baste. Meanwhile, only after the trouser-legs have been pressed, the tailor sews together the trousers.

    Thus far, the outline of the suit needs to be confronted with the Client's anatomy during the so-called baste fitting/first fitting.

  • 4. FIRST FITTING
    4. FIRST FITTING

    The first fitting requires the customer’s presence and usually takes around 30 minutes. It is a paramount phase of shaping the outline in the cloth. Using the same mirrors that reflected eminences of culture, science and politics, the Master Cutter establishes the proper proportions of the suit – lengths and margins, the way sleeves should be set in, lines and shapes that suit the Client’s posture best.

    After the fitting, the Cutter goes to his cutter's board, where he applies all the alterations and amendments: the width and the style of the lapels, the jacket’s shape, armholes, the size and the slanting of the handkerchief pocket, etc. At the same time the Cutter determines the position of buttons.

  • 5. TAILORING
    5. TAILORING

    The art of sewing begins. The tailor finishes the pockets, covers the jacket’s foreparts(lapels, etc.), sews jacket's elements together, finishes the vents, and fastens the lining. After having sewn and pressed the sleeves, the right sleeve is provisionally set in. The jacket (with only one sleeve at this stage) and the trousers await the Customer’s second fitting.

  • 6. SECOND FITTING
    6. SECOND FITTING

    During the second fitting the Cutter assesses the accuracy of established proportions. Then he refines previous alterations and amendments, giving the suit its exceptional fit and comfort.

    Changes made during the fittings are often influenced by the shifts of mood and emotions. This is why every next suit, although made from the same pattern, is unique and fits the Client in its own way.

  • 7. HAND-FINISHING
    7. HAND-FINISHING

    It is the final stage, when the button holes are hand finished, the sleeves and collar are set in, and the jacket is pressed with a heavy steam iron. This stage requires master skill and experience, as even the tiniest mistake could blight the whole work. After the pressing, the jacket equipped with special weights should rest on a mannequin for 24 hours. Now it is the time for the Head Cutter to approve the final outcome and provide the jacket with a satin label of 'J. TURBASA'.

  • 8. FINAL FITTING/COMPLETION
    8. FINAL FITTING/COMPLETION

    After the successful final fitting, the suit goes into our branded cover and is handed to the Customer.

Placing an order

FIRST ORDER

Every Client is welcome to schedule a meeting with the Master Cutter. In the past it was Józef Turbasa, now it is his son Jerzy Turbasa (Contact). That is why the label 'J. Turbasa' has not changed since the foundation of the company.

  1. CHOOSING THE STYLE, THE CLOTH AND MEASUREMENTS TAKING.

    By entering the atelier, our Clients start their journey into the world of bespoke tailoring. It takes from 30 to 60 minutes to discuss the crux of the matter with the Master Cutter: the nature of the suit, the most suitable cut, and establish the appropriate style. Subsequently, the Client will be asked to decide upon the cloth for his order (either from 300 bolts of cloth stored in our atelier, or from around 3’500 samples ready to be ordered from our renowned suppliers) and trimmings (buttons, linings, etc.). Only then the Cutter takes the measurements. Around 30 measurements and a detailed description of the Client’s silhouette are used to create an individual paper pattern, essential to complete the order. Towards the end of the meeting the date of the first fitting is set.

  2. FIRST FITTING.

    The first fitting usually takes around 30 minutes. The Client puts on the loosely basted garment which already illustrates the basic proportions. The Cutter begins to introduce alterations in order to adapt perfectly the garments engineered to work in harmony with the figure. At this stage the Cutter discusses with the Customer the jacket and trousers length, the lapels width, the position of the buttons, etc.

  3. SECOND FITTING.

    The second fitting requires approximately 20 minutes. For the out-of-town Clients the first and the second fittings might be organised the very same day.

  4. FINAL FITTING AND ORDER COLLECTION.

    After the final fitting, the order is handed to the Client. At the same time the Master Cutter offers suggestions on how to take care of the garment. For the future, we recommend Customers using our own cleaning and pressing services.

In exceptional circumstances we offer, non-conventional, forms of tailoring services.

 

 

 

FUTURE ORDERS

Every Customer has his own individual paper pattern, which contains the description of his silhouette. The envelope containing the pattern is placed on a shelf in our archive, joining the patterns belonging to the prominent personalities of our times. This personal pattern is ready to create yet another exceptional piece of bespoke clothing without the need of taking the measurements.

Furthermore, in order to meet our clients’ expectations we can reduce the number of appointments required for the order completion. The process of creating future orders can be done as follows:

  1. THE CLOTH SAMPLES ARE SENT TO THE CUSTOMER.

  2. FIRST FITTING (second fitting on the same day, if required).

  3. THE COMPLETE ORDER IS DELIVERED TO THE CLIENT.

Books

ABC MĘSKIEJ ELEGANCJI [The ABC of Men's Elegance], Jerzy Turbasa
Wydawnictwo AA, 2001.

The foreword to Jerzy Turbasa's book by Michał Roniker

"(...) As the mother nature decided to endow me with almost two meter high posture, I have always been forced to have my clothes made-to-measure. For many years I could only dream to be one of Turbasa’s customers, and going past his atelier, I was convinced that Józef Turbasa caters only for a small and elite group of people, and that it was impossible to meet him without any recommendation. When a few years ago, thanks to the kind endorsement by Krystyna Zachwatowicz, I walked reverently into the workshop, I felt as if I had entered a whole new universe. Mr Józef Turbasa showed me countless samples of the finest fabrics, explained the meaning of such words as appreter, grammage and weave, and gave me many pieces of advice concerning the garment’s cut and style. When after few weeks I became the lucky owner of a first jacket made by Turbasa, my delight was limitless.

Some years later I discovered that Mr Turbasa is not only a kind advisor, but also a fierce defender of classical tailoring. When I dared to suggest that the winter coat he prepared for me was a tad too long, he replied: „Dear sir, this is the only length acceptable for this kind of coat, and I will not change it. Obviously, you could go to another tailor and have it cut, but by doing so, you will only destroy an otherwise very good coat.” The rightness of his words struck me some days later, with the start of freezing winter weather. From then on, I have never dared to question the Master’s opinion – simply realising that he always knew better (...)."


What is curious, despite of mannish front matter, the book has interested even Ms. Wisława Szymborska, who discussed it in her article for 'Gazeta Wyborcza' newspaper. These comments are published inside of her book 'Nowe lektury nadobowiązkowe' (published by Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2002).

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GARNITUR POLSKI [The Polish Suit], Jerzy Turbasa
Wydawnictwo AA, 2007.

A study for the Krakow Fowler Brotherhood „Bractwo Kurkowe” celebrating its 750th anniversary. The book describes the traditional costume worn by the fraternity members and the blazer.

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FAQs

CLOTHS

We offer a choice of finest cloths from specially selected, renowned clothing companies. Every Customer can choose from a wide range of 300 bolts of cloth stored in the atelier, and from around 3’500 swatches that could be ordered on a special request. One can choose from among:

Ariston
Bateman Ogden
Caccioppoli Napoli
Dormeuil
Drapers
Ermenegildo Zegna
DRAPERSDHarrisons of Edinburgh
Holland & Sherry
Huddersfield Cloth
John Foster
Loro Piana
Scabal

In the storage room of our workshop one can find some unique vintage bolts of fabric that patiently anticipate the real admirers of the art of tailoring.

TIME

The date for completing an order is settled on individually. On average, making a suit takes up to 10 weeks to complete. However, it is possible to make it within a week. The minimum is set according to the rules of tailoring - at least 80 hours of work.

PRICES

The Master Józef Turbasa would always say: "In our atelier the sewing is for free, Clients pay only for the cut." Nothing has changed from that time.

Our prices start at 6200,- PLN for a two piece bespoke suit and 3500,- PLN for a bespoke coat. The prices depend on the fabric that is selected as well as the finishing.

Please call the atelier or send an e-mail for more information.

AFTERCARE

Every garment should be cleaned at least once a year. We kindly recommend using our in-house cleaning and pressing services. We can also alter and repair garments that we have made. More advice concerning the garment maintenance could be find in Jerzy Turbasa’s book - "ABC męskiej elegancji".

FURTHER QUESTIONS

Should you have any enquiries, do not hesitate to contact us by phone or via e-mail.

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