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Fitted custom suits for men are made quickly at MADE Clothing, started by 26-year-old Queen’s University graduate Tomas Romita.

Where did you get that suit?” That’s what Tomas Romita expects his clients to hear when they show up at the office, a conference, wedding or graduation in one of his perfectly fitting creations. The 26-year-old founder of MADE Clothing is confident he has what it takes to raise the bar on the men's custom suit culture in Canada. And he’s kicking off 2014 in a newly renovated retail showroom in downtown Toronto.

“I've loved style as long as I can remember,” says the accountant, an outstretched foot showing funky socks.

It was in Hong Kong on a university exchange program that the “wheels started turning” on merging Romita’s penchant for fashion with business. “You could get fitted, custom suits made fast and they didn’t cost a lot,” he says.

With his analytical accountant’s training, networking skills and a proven market at hand, the Queen’s University grad set out to revolutionize the way men shop in Canada. “Imagine getting the perfect suit — an impeccable fit, luxury quality and design with personalized products and expert advice — without the annoyance of going from store to store,” he says.

Romita dedicated himself full time to MADE after getting his CA designation in May 2011, while at PwC. He was a walking advertisement in his original fashions when he visited clients with his kit of fabric samples and an iPad to display options. By January 2012, he had moved the business from his condo to an office space for startups.

Today, with a projected growth of 300% from 2012, he has more than 400 clients and expected sales for 2013 approaching $400,000, growing from referrals and presentations to companies, schools and associations. “Our goal is to help people understand their wardrobe and wardrobe needs, and what it can do for them.”

The MADE team of five chooses and imports fabrics from Italy; tailoring is done in Montreal. Clients get a “needs analysis” before fabric is even chosen. “We discuss their style, expectations, what would flatter their physique, enhance or hide certain features. The end result is that each suit is truly unique,” he says. “We call the whole experience ‘getting MADE.’ ”

Are there women’s suits on the horizon? Romita smiles. “Who knows what we’ll get into.”

About the Author

Lorie Murdoch


Lorie Murdoch is a freelance writer in Hamilton, Ont.

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