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DAINESE CUSTOM WORKS SUITS

MADE LIKE VALENTINO ROSSI’S IN THE SAME PLACE… SINCE ... 1972

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MADE LIKE VALENTINO ROSSI’s IN THE SAME PLACE... SINCE 1972

Dainese has made custom suits for World Champions like Kenny Roberts Sr., Giacamo Agostini, Eddie Lawson, John Kocinski, Kevin Schwantz, Scott Russell, Max Biaggi, Marco Simoncelli, Nicky Hayden, and of course nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.
Clearly, after working with racers such as these for over 40 years, we know how to make custom leather garments. Our Custom Works suits are comprised of many difffferent pieces just like Valentino Rossi’s.
The ‘custom’ part comes from years of experience and knowing how to interpret the 26 measurements (one being weight) taken by our tailors and then ‘stretching’ (morphing) each panel of a standard suit into a panel that will allow the suit to fit together as a unit specifically tailored for each measured rider.
All of this is done in our factory in Molvena, a small village in Northern Italy in an area that is known for fine leather and excellent seamstresses coming from generations of leatherworkers. But the process begins with the client and taking the measurements that Dainese has determined to be the most critical. And only trained Dainese specialists, with years of experience, can take these measurements.
Once the measurements are reviewed and approved in Molvena, the process of determining which standard suit to begin with and how best to morph that suit begins. And then the patterns are sent to the computerized leather cutting machines for cutting.

CUSTOM WORKS DESIGN

DONE TO YOUR SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIRES

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DONE TO YOUR SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIRES

We also know how to design and create almost anything the rider can think up. Different colors, materials, logos, your name, your race number are all things that can be designed into your suit (or jacket or pant) by our design specialists using Adobe Illustrator.
They travel the World for special events just to sit down with each client and make sure that the design is true to his or her vision. The design work is done with the client during the event, and then finalized in Molvena, Italy via emails before being put into production.

THE MEASURING AND DESIGN PROCESS

STEP ONE

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THE MEASURING AND DESIGN PROCESS: STEP ONE

Typically, a consumer needs a made to measure leather garment because he or she is not an "off-the-rack" size. However, there are many riders that simply want to have custom design work done on a standard sized garment. And there are those that need a tailored suit due to their body shape and also want custom colors and design work done.
Therefore Dainese caters to everyone and offers different options enabling a completely customizable result. So we begin each Custom Works session by determining what you the customer wants from our program. There are four ‘F’ levels to choose from:
F1: Standard size (“off the rack”) but with custom colors and up to 3 add-on items (i.e. logos, scripts, names, or numbers)
F2: Tailor ‘custom works’ but with a standard color option
F3: Tailor ‘custom works’ with custom colors and up to 3 add-on items (i.e. logos, scripts, names, numbers). After the 3rd add-on item, a price will have to be determined by the R&D department in Molvena. Extra logos/scripts/numbers/etc. may increase the price all the way up to an F4 level.
F4: Tailor ‘custom works’ with custom colors and no limits on add-on items.

THE MEASURING AND DESIGN PROCESS

STEP TWO

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THE MEASURING AND DESIGN PROCESS: STEP TWO

Once the ‘F’ level is determined, the measurement process begins for ‘F’ levels 2 through 4. Dainese requires all measurements to be done while the rider is in a tight, synthetic under garment such as our Grinner EVO under suit. In this way we are able to get the most accurate measurements and take photos of the rider that reveal the body type to the specialists in Molvena who will be reviewing the information and making the adjustments to the stock panels.
There are 26 measurements and all of them are critical. Our Dainese tailors know precisely what body ‘points’ to reference, including the extremely important 7th vertebrae and the top of the hip bones.

THE MEASURING AND DESIGN PROCESS

STEP THREE

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THE MEASURING AND DESIGN PROCESS: STEP THREE

For ‘F’ levels 1, 3, and 4. At this point, the Dainese tailors will begin the design process with the rider, using Adobe Illustrator and templates specific to each suit, jacket, or pant Dainese offers on the ‘menu’. Colors can be chosen for difffferent panels, using leather color swatches provided by the tailor. Logos can be added in almost any area. Names and race numbers are also capable of being added. If special design work is requested, our Dainese specialists can do it, but it may require extra work after the session and add an additional cost to the final price of the garment.

THE MEASURING AND DESIGN PROCESS

STEP FOUR

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THE MEASURING AND DESIGN PROCESS: STEP FOUR

Once the interaction between the rider and the tailor is finished, then the order needs to be confirmed and entered into Dainese’s system by the tailor, with all the information feeding back to Molvena. Molvena then determines two things: 1) if the sketch is ‘correct’ (i.e. able to be produced as is), or if anything needs adjusting, and 2) if the measurements are ‘correct’ (i.e. fall within a correct range and can be approved and sent to the specialists for final panel adjustments). Once these two things are determined to be ‘correct’, the garment is then issued a production date.
This process can sometimes take up to a month, especially if there is additional artwork requested, or sketch changes necessary, or measurement ‘checks’ required. This process can add to the overall time required to deliver the garment.
But once the garment is approved and put in production, Dainese can usually deliver the finished product to the dealer/end user within 3 months.
The end result is a customized Dainese Custom Works garment, offering the ultimate in fit and comfort. It is of utmost importance for the fit of a leather garment (designed ultimately for safety) to be very close to the body, but the by-product of this tight fit is ultimate comfort and excellent ergonomics.
In return, this also increases the safety aspect, allowing the rider to feel comfortable on the motorcycle and perform all the necessary movements involved in riding, including easily moving to avoid any potential accidents.

THE EVENTS, THE PLACES, THE PEOPLE

“WHERE CAN I GET A CUSTOM WORKS GARMENT?”

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“WHERE CAN I GET A CUSTOM WORKS GARMENT?”

Dainese offers several opportunities to customers either in need of a Custom Works and/or desiring a custom look: Custom Works Events, D-Stores, and individual appointments with a certified Dainese tailor made through an authorized Dainese dealership.

CUSTOM WORKS EVENTS

Usually held at a dealer, but can be held at special outdoor events or at a racetrack. If held at a dealer, there is usually a separate measuring room or a curtained off area. At outdoor events, Dainese will provide a changing ‘room’. Custom Works events are held periodically throughout Europe, and once a year in October in the North American continent.
During the North American Custom Works Tour, tailors travel across the continent typically visiting such cities as NYC, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, and L.A. amongst others.

D-STORES

At most of the D-Stores there is a trained employee who is able to take the measurements required, but not all D-Stores can do custom works design. For this, sometimes the D-Store can provide the templates in a paper form and color changes, logo additions, etc. can be done via faxes.

INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS

In some cases, a private appointment can be made for a Dainese tailor to fly out to the local Dainese dealer and perform a private measuring and/or design session. This however is rare and the traveling expenses of the tailor may be charged.

PRODUCTION, DELIVERY, AFTER SALES

PRODUCTION

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PRODUCTION

Once an order is created and the garment is approved for production in Molvena, the tailor receives ‘confirmation’ and production is scheduled. When the order’s production date arrives, the measurements and photos are then referenced by one of three specialists who will digitally modify (stretch) the panels of an off-the-rack suit to accommodate the specified dimensions of the client. Then all the panels/logos/names/numbers are cut with the appropriate color of leather using laser leather cutting machines. All of the panels/logos/names/numbers and all the necessary accessories such as aluminum shoulder plates and knee and elbow armor (upwards of 200 or more individual pieces) are placed together in a tray that is then passed o¬ to the seamstresses. The tray of items makes its journey down the sewing machine line where each individual seamstress will do her part. Once completed, the suit is passed off to a technical inspector who will make sure all the seams are properly done, all logos are properly attached, and all the colors correct. This inspector will also clean and condition the suit before wrapping it in protective plastic for shipping.
Usually, the finished product is delivered to the client within 3 months of the measuring event, but 5-6 months or longer is also possible for any number of reasons.

PRODUCTION, DELIVERY, AFTER SALES

DELIVERY

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DELIVERY

Once delivered, it may be necessary for the tailor to become involved again for an evaluation if the suit does not appear to fit properly. If it is determined that the suit does in fact need adjustment(s), then an After Sales process begins. Of course, we first want to make sure that client understands how a technical leather garment is designed to fit. Dainese one-piece technical garments are designed through careful study of the body and its movements for the type of activity performed during professional competition.
Whenever trying on a Dainese racing suit, the back protector must be inserted, and gloves, boots, and a racing under-suit must all be worn together as a unit because the precise fit for the suit was designed with these items in mind. It is also important to understand the riding position on the motorcycle. One-piece suits are designed for super-sport bikes and so the riding position is more extreme: the trunk is curved, the legs are pre-curved and tighter, and the suit follows the outline of the body while in the riding position. This means that the suit should not be comfortable when the rider is standing. I.E it should be a bit tight in the crotch, and the sleeves and legs should be too short because the correct length and feel will only be felt while in the correct riding position on an appropriate super-sport bike. The wrinkles that form are perfectly normal and not a sign of excess material. A Dainese two-piece suit is designed more for touring use and therefore will be more comfortable when the rider is standing and more comfortable in general than a one-piece. In this garment form, there may be more wrinkles around the joints but again, these should not be considered as a sign of excess material but only as the fabric required to ensure freedom of movement and comfort while riding.

PRODUCTION, DELIVERY, AFTER SALES

AFTER SALES

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AFTER SALES

If a Custom Works garment does not seem to fit properly upon delivery, even after an extensive analysis performed by a trained sta¬ member, then Dainese will take appropriate steps. The shop staff will help to make sure that the areas of concern are documented with photos and new dimensions required. This information is then sent o¬ to the tailor and forwarded to Molvena for review. There are often several solutions to a fit problem, but in the worst case, the suit will have to be sent back to Molvena for adjustments. In this case, Dainese will cover shipping costs and also all the costs associated with making any necessary adjustments. While this additional time spent without the custom garment can be frustrating, one must understand that bespoke garments in the clothing industry often require two or three or more visits to the tailor for adjustments. We do our best to get it right the first time, but it is a very diffcult and precise process and so sometimes adjustments are necessary. In this case, we will kindly ask for your patience.