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Bespoke (Template:IPA-en) is a British English word meaning an item made to a buyer's specification (personalized or tailored). While it is applied to many items, including computer software and luxury cars, the term historically was applied only to men's tailored clothing, footwear and other apparel, implying measurement and fitting.

The distinguishing points of bespoke tailoring are the buyer's total control over the fabric used, the features and fit, and the way the garment should be made. More generally, "bespoke" describes a high degree of "customization", and involvement of the end-user, in the production of the goods.

"Bespoke" is rarely used in any context in other varieties of English, which usually prefer terms such as "tailor-made" or "customized".

Other uses

Once a fashion industry-specific term, bespoke is increasingly being applied to custom specification in other industries, including:

  • custom software, in which it refers to software designed and written for a single company and/or task
  • telecommunications, referring to non-standard solutions tailored for specific customers
  • finance, including individually tailored mutual fund portfolios and structured finance products
  • furniture
  • interior design
  • music customised music projects, and production
  • luxury automobile interior appointments and coachbuilding.
  • Bristol Cars in England is one of the rare remaining truly bespoke car manufacturers, as its cars are only made on order, not made on an assembly line, and in making some cars the body parts are still made on an English Wheel (noting however, that its Chrysler engine & transmission are not bespoke).
  • firearms, particularly luxury sporting arms such as shotguns and rifles, which may include custom appointments (stocks made of rare woods, custom engraving, case colouring or other metalwork) and custom fitting
  • shoemaking, generally provided by small manufacturers working by hand
  • perfume, a custom made scent composed specifically for an individual
  • porcelain
  • jewellery, including timepieces
  • travel planning
  • customisation of a particular product or service (e.g. envelopes)
  • Internet Marketing, or "Bespoke Strategy" a custom internet marketing strategy usually related to SEO or SEM
  • essays purchased from third parties for the purpose of illicitly submitting them to school courses as one's own work."
  • Surgery, bespoke intraoperative ultrasound systems that can optimize the compromise between removing tumor and sparing healthy tissue. ARDMS Updates and Headlines in the News Ultrasound Guided Liver Surgery.
  • bicycles, where the customer can fully customize the build of a bike, common in larger U.S. cities with bicycling culture.

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