Belgain Crooner Stromae Talks Bespoke Suits

Never underestimate the importance of custom-fit attire.

Belgian singer Stromae is almost as well known for his crisp looks and fashion-world cred as for his soulful electro-pop. Who better, then, to send to Prada’s made-to-measure atelier for a custom fitting?

“I always have the same problem when I try to buy something straight off the rack: If I put on a medium, it’s perfectly fitted in the torso, but the sleeves are too short. If it’s a large, the sleeves are long enough, but it’s too baggy. So made-to-measure suits are especially important for me because I’m 6’2″ and so skinny.

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I have four or five custom suits, including one that’s velvet, and a gray one I wear onstage. It’s wool.

I also have my own capsule collection, Mosaert, which is codesigned with my stylist, Coralie Barbier. It’s a luxury. It’s important for me to have a new way to express myself—like these Mosaert socks, paired with this Prada suit. I chose this suit because I like the color: It’s classic but more original than blue, black, or gray.

Everyone should have a suit that’s really well fitting—if a suit just doesn’t fit, it looks ridiculous. It can purposely be too large or too small, if that’s what you want, but it has to fit with your image and personal style. You should be able to wear exactly what you want to wear.”

— As told to Gabriella Paiella

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