In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes about the surprisingly tough business of making ultra-high-end men's suits. For a broader look at the suit business, we asked Salvatore Giardina, an adjunct professor of textile development and marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, to give us a rough breakdown of what goes into making the three main types of men's suits - off-the-rack, made-to-measure and bespoke.
Take a look at this report from NPR's Planet Money team. How does it compare with your life? Do you spend more on education or health care? What about entertainment? Explore their visual take on the statistics via the link.
For a historic look at spending in America, see our post What America Buys. For more, see our Graphing America series. How do Americans spend their money? And how do budgets change across the income spectrum? The graph below answers these questions. It shows average household spending patterns in for U.S.