3:58 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The difference between a $99 suit and a $5,000 suit, in one graphic

The Planet Money team takes a look beyond the pleats, lapels and buttons of suit economics. Check it out in the graphic via the link.
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.