22 May 2015

Hafiz Adewuyi

Where to find cheap custom-made suits with good quality in Nigeria

Since the beginning of time, I have been at a loss as to how to get a suit that is both affordable and that suits me well. I have these unnaturally long arms, which is not any news for a person my height anyway. Getting corporate wear, starting from long-sleeved shirts, down to pants (trousers) and to top it off, jackets that fit me well has always been one unsolvable nightmare for me. For obvious reasons, the mass producers of corporate outfit just won't go through the headache of catering for the unpromising niche market which I happen to fall into. "What's the use making clothes for aliens if we can't even guarantee that they'll be visiting earth in our lifetime", they probably think to themselves.

Today, I want to talk about how I recently solved my sleeves-are-never-long-enough suit problem. Before I came across the ID fashion outfit guy (Olusesan Idowu), I had only two really awful options for getting a suit:

1. Buy an affordable ready made one which:

  • has a terrible body fit, but whose sleeves are just long enough to make it of some value. Then, hand it over to a tailor to hopefully rework it into something wearable;
  • has a good fit but whose arms are unbearably short, and hope that some tailor can do some magic to make the sleeves longer by using invisible extra material.
2. Go for a bespoke suit which typically does not go for less than 40k naira around here. At my current earning power, thanks, but I will definitely pass on getting a suit that is more than 30k for any reason whatsoever. It's not like wearing a suit is ever any fun in this part of the world anyway. So why break the bank over a piece of mostly burdensome piece of clothing?

So, given the above illustration of my fashion predicament, it was with great relief that I received the news of ID fashion outfit from mum. That day, she had stumbled upon his shop at Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Shopping complex, Bolade Oshodi. 

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ID Fashion Outfit: 08023250405, 08098746157, idfashionoutfit@yahoo.com

I visited his shop within a week of hearing about him, where I quickly learned of his three different suit products:

 Small: This is the most affordable of all. You can make a two-piece (jacket and pants) suit of any style and color for twelve thousand naira only (12000)

Medium: The next grade of suits goes for 15000. At this level, you allegedly get a suit made of better quality material;

Premium: And the most pricey product in Idowu's portfolio goes for only 17000 naira. At this price, you of course get a suit made of premium quality material, and hopefully tailored to the best standards within his reach.

You would trust me to have tried on a sample of his work before going on to place my first order. It looked pretty decent on me and it felt comfortable. There was apparently no telling that the item was not picked off a shelf. Definitely worth the try at this price was my conclusion.

Last weekend, I was at his shop to pick up my orders which took about two weeks to complete (I ordered one small and one medium). And I must say he did a great job, especially on the medium one. I really cannot wait to don my medium navy blue suit on my approaching next first day at work. I intend to update this post with pictures as soon as I get to do that.

Pictures of medium suit, finally! (just the jacket though).
Yeah. There you have it. For me, there would be nothing more gladdening than knowing that I've been able to help another long forearmed bro to get a decent suit without breaking the bank. 

Oh, and yes, he also makes shirts and pants too. He's full on into male corporate fashion, and from the look of things, he constantly has good business too. Sadly, as is hardly atypical of a Nigerian business, he has absolutely no online presence, else, I 'd have found him long before now. I hope this free (and unsolicited) gift from a happy customer goes to improve things in that arena. My existence feels more worthwhile when I'm able to help others with the little I know. I'm not leaving here with any of it anyway, so, why not.

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Anonymous
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27 May 2015 at 01:10 delete

Thanks bro for this write up. I have been searching for where to make a bespoke/ custom made suit for a wedding. But can't seem to find any tailor I can trust his work cos I have very little room to experiment. Can you make any recommendations in that regards ?
Would really appreciate. Thanks

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Hafiz
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29 May 2015 at 14:11 delete

Hello there,

Thank you for reading and commenting.

I'd strongly advice that you pay ID fashion as recommended here a visit, especially if your budget is not that high. He did a pretty good job for me, and I really have nothing to gain from a referral anyway.

You will be able to have a look at work that he's done in the past and also, hopefully, try one of his ready works on to see if it works for you.

There's also this Bespoke suit tailor at Domino bus-stop, close to Alagomeji at Yaba. I've never tried him out but it looks like he's been there for quite a while, which is a sign that he must know his stuff. Check the place out if it's not too far for you. I also have no idea about the cost implication, but I can easily guess it will be much more pricey than this (he's established).

Finally, I would ask that you try asking friends who got married before.

All the best making the perfect choice for your dazzling wedding suit :-)

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6 November 2015 at 04:41 delete

My search for a good and affordable designer led me to your blog. Please kindly share pictures of your suit. Tnx

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Swhy
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31 December 2015 at 08:35 delete

So, i ran a little search for quality suit in Nigeria and your page popped up among the several results i got. Should check it out some day though and hope they deliver to expectations.
However, i'm starting to refer people and ypu might wanna check it out during your free time here> http://www.nawesabi.com/things-i-wish-my-little-baby-knew/

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6 January 2016 at 21:47 delete

Done. I'm so sorry about the delay. Won't happen again.

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nee
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17 January 2016 at 17:21 delete

I am going to give him a try. You sabi marketting o. Lol

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17 January 2016 at 17:38 delete

glad you found this useful; thanks for commenting.

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1 September 2016 at 23:34 delete

Hafiz...this information is priceless. Thanks. I'm trying that ID guy out ASAP.

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1 September 2016 at 23:37 delete

Hafiz...this information is priceless. Thanks. I'm trying that ID guy out ASAP.

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Femi
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4 March 2017 at 22:26 delete

Are these prices still the same?

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5 March 2017 at 08:03 delete

Just give him a call, it's been two years already so I doubt it.

His numbers are in the article.

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