Tue, 06/06/2017 - 09:44

We are all on a quest to find the most efficient way to travel, from the best route to the airport, to the quickest way through security, to our favourite place for a coffee before boarding. But how efficient are you at packing for your trip? Do you often overpack? Here is our resident traveller’s 5 tips for effective packing for business travel:

1) Take a ‘capsule wardrobe’ approach. Think about what you can wear in combination with other garments in order to reduce packing. E.g. A navy suit jacket can look completely different when coupled with stylish jeans, a pocket square and t-shirt.

2) To avoid creases don’t pack too tightly. There’s no failsafe way to avoid messy creases but loosely packed shirts will fare better than tightly packed ones. Also, hang garments as soon as you arrive to allow them to “relax”.

3) Pack one small luxury. Travelling can be hard on the body and mind, I always take one little luxury with me to brighten the day....which may be a small (under 100ml) bottle of cologne, an individual face pack (don’t laugh until you’ve tried it, honestly). 

4) Fold your jacket according to our video guidelines then steam by hanging next to (not in!) a hot running shower for 20 minutes.

5) Pack a small roll of sellotape as an emergency lint remover! Wrap the tape around your hand so the sticky side is facing out, and rub away!

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:35

Whilst a lot of our clients wear suits to work, more-and-more are electing to wear a smart jacket and trousers. Or perhaps they just need something to smarten-up their weekend attire. Colour-wise they don’t want to venture too far away from the blue/grey palate they feel comfortable with, but at the same time they don’t want it to look like a suit jacket.

So how can we do this because a sports jacket and a suit jacket are cut very much in the same vein?

There are tweaks that can be made with the buttons we use, and some may want to go for a less formal look utilising patch pockets, but, in essence, the biggest game changer is the cloth.

Historically the cloths we have had available to us have either been tweeds or a navy blazer with shiny buttons. But not everyone wants that country-look in the town, and fewer have a requirement for something with nautical roots. What they want today is a cloth that is luxurious to the touch, lightweight, and in patterns that you just wouldn’t find in a suit they would wear to the office.

It’s something that Italian men have been doing successfully for years, but it’s only now that English cloth merchants are reacting to this trend. They are now commissioning beautifully -woven and finished cloths in fine wools, some blended with cashmere and silk, that are made in Italy but in the British urban colour palates. There’s even a bunch of cloths made entirely from super-soft bamboo. Discreet checks, plaids, hopsacks and other textures all add to the interest of these wonderful cloths. We’d love the opportunity to show them to you.

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 03:20

We've put together the following tips to help you get the most from your tailor:

  1. Have a clear idea of what you want before you visit your tailor – eg suit, sports jacket, Dinner Jacket. If you can, take a picture of what you have in mind.
  2. If buying a suit is it for business, a wedding or other special occasion or do you want it to cover all bases? Knowing what use you expect from your suit will help when you come to select cloth.
  3. How ‘heavy’ are you on trousers? Do you find that in the past they wear between the thighs? If so think about having a second pair made to get a full-life from your suit. If you are thinking about a waistcoat or extra trousers to go with your suit then order them at the same time you place the commission. Waiting until later may result in either the cloth being ‘out (of stock)’ or a colour mis-match due to a different dye batch being used.
  4. If you’re really busy, as a lot of people are these days, then ask if your preferred tailor will visit you at home or at work.
  5. Don’t visit your tailor without a proper shirt with a collar and long sleeves and the shoes you expect to wear with the finished suit.
  6. If you can, wear a suit. If you do not, then don’t be surprised if you are asked to try one on in the tailor’s shop. If you take a favourite suit then it gives the tailor an idea of what you like to wear.
  7. Be punctual. You wouldn’t want to be kept waiting because the client before you had over-ran and allow yourself about an hour for your first visit.
  8. If budget is an issue ask your tailor about the construction techniques used in making his suits. A fused garment will be less expensive that a fully hand-canvassed jacket. Expect to pay a deposit of 50%, the balance to be paid on collection of the finished items.
  9. Remember, you are developing a relationship with your tailor – as he gets to know you better, your personality, posture, lifestyle etc, so you should see a subtle improvement in each suit he makes for you. Think of this as a marriage, not a one-night stand.
  10. Talking of which, here is a plea from all tailors out there. You’re a big boy now so please try and visit your tailor on your own without your partner, wife, girlfriend or mother. They may have an idea on what they think would look good on you – your tailor will know. Feel free to challenge your tailor but also be prepared to listen to his advice.