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How to Monogram Your Custom Suit

Wondering what is a suit monogram and whether you should get one? We answer the most common monogram questions with this complete guide to monogramming your suits.

We had the honor of suiting up Jeremy Lin for the 2012 Time Magazine’s 100 Red Carpet Gala. Jeremy chose to get his first and last name monogrammed in gold script, a perfect compliment to his Charcoal Herringbone Custom Suit.

What is monogramming and what is its purpose?  

Historically, the use of monograms were limited to nobility or the rich and famous. Romans and Greeks first used them on coins to mark the reign of their leaders. During the Middle Ages, artisans began to use them to claim authorship of their works. They were later adopted and popularized by the Victorian English upper class and placed on all manners of personal property, as a symbol of their place in society.

Today, monograms are limited to wedding invites, family heirlooms, and, lucky for you, custom clothing.

Why should I get monogramming? 

Getting your custom suit monogrammed is the modern day equivalent of claiming your own place amongst the sartorial elite. It tells the world that just like your name, your custom suit is just that – yours. It was made just for you and hence, it will fit no one else as well as it fits you. For someone who enjoys a well-crafted, perfectly-tailored suit, there is nothing quite like the understated pleasure of seeing your name beautifully embroidered into the inside of your suit jacket.

How do I pull off monogramming?

In the past, monograms with three initials were generally in the Victorian format of first initial, large last initial, middle initial. These days, the rules for monogramming are much more flexible—there is no right or wrong wear to pull off monogramming in your suit. Just keep the style tasteful, make it personal and meaningful and rock it confidently.

At Black Lapel, we believe monogramming should be a part of every custom suit and encourage all of our customers to opt for it, which is why we include it as a standard customization option and will never charge you for it.  Our monogramming come in three colors (gold, white, silver) and three typographical styles (block, script 1, script 2) as seen here:

As for the text itself, it’s really up to you. Customers choose anything from their full name or initials to the crazy nicknames they earned in their youth or even meaningful phrases that inspire them. Here are some examples from our customers: 

This customers opted to have his full name beautifully scripted out onto his Black Custom Suit

Another way to pull off monogramming on your custom suit is going simply with your initials. Many prefer block lettering with initial monograms.

Like a discrete tattoo hidden under your clothes, a monogram on the inside of your jacket rarely sees the light of day, unless the wearer chooses to reveal it. Some opt for this privacy to give a quiet nod to a piece of sartorial perfection bearing their name, while others seize this unseen real estate as an opportunity to be a little more liberal (and fun!) with their expression:

Childhood nickname perhaps? Wherever it came from, he never imagined it would look this fancy on a suit. 

This customer wanted to open up his suit to see a constant reminder of what he wakes up for each morning. 

Or with this customer, the official anthem to a night out with the bros. In the end, the choice is completely up to you. After all, the custom suit is made just for you. Have fun with it!

We hope this was an interesting and helpful look into monogramming. If you have any questions, leave a comment or email us at concierge@blacklapel.com!

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16 thoughts on “How to Monogram Your Custom Suit”

  1. Thomas says:

    left side or right side of blazer

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Either side works!

  2. Louis says:

    How about your signature?

    1. Black Lapel says:


      If you mean having your signature monogrammed, you can certainly have your name spelled out in one of our offered fonts. However, we cannot take your unique signature you may use at the bottom of your letters.

  3. Marv Labo says:

    I was wandering can you guys monogram an entire suit. By that I mean, similar to what Mc.Gregor had with his suit.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      While that is one of the most impressive ways to boast a pinstripe ever, alas, we cannot do that. That suit was actually made with a custom fabric, which allowed for the ability to have those choice words throughout the pinstripe.

  4. Mista says:

    I’m getting ready to order a suit in a week or two and was wondering if I could make a special request regarding my monogram. Basically, I want the first two Letters in BLOCK and the remaining letters in Script. Would that be possible?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Sorry, that’s not an option we offer. It’s one font per monogram.

      Of course, you could just buy two suits and get one block monogram and one script monogram (just sayin’).

  5. Shc says:

    Absolutely love this blog. Thanks!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks for the love! Stay tuned!

  6. Je Jerónimo says:

    I find it awesome that you have a mantra monogrammed. I definitely going to do this and share this.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Go for it! And share with us what you went with!

  7. Segarel says:

    what if you dont have a middle initial. can you still monogram with 2 letters? or is it better to use a full name?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Of course! There are no rules to this. It’s really your preference!

  8. Brick Jojo says:


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