Top 5 Merino Wool Products – It’s Ski Season!

February 5, 2016

It’s ski season, so we thought we’d share a few of our top merino wool products that may come in useful both on the slopes and apres ski.   As fans of natural fibres, we don’t just love wool in our bespoke suits, and merino wool is one of the most versatile and useful fabrics to don during the winter.

1) Socks

Toes see lower circulation and we often forget to keep feet warm and comfortable – especially if you’re breaking in a new pair of shoes after your existing pair have been worn down over the winter so far.  Also given we know that british winters include torrential rain or melted slush which can get feet wet your best bet is to swap cotton socks for merino wool – which are faster drying and sill retain their insulating quality when wet!  The Wool Company have a range of suit friendly merino wool blend socks in classic black, as do Marks & Spencer.

2)  Base layer

We’ve lauded the sweat wicking, temperature regulating properties of merino wool and why it is one of the best fabrics you can wear next to your skin in our articles about fabric choice, and layering- so it may come at no surprise that base layers make our shortlist of top 5 merino wool products.  There are lots of options available from outdoor stores like Cotswolds Outdoors.  These base layers are especially good if you’re planning on engaging with any winter sports (hiking, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, Northern Lights gazing, sledging etc) – but also will layer invisibly under your bespoke suit.   Get your foundations right and keep warm with a merino wool base layer.  Helly Hanson do many and are a mainstay for skiing, but cold water surf company Finisterre has a suprisingly large selection in all kinds of colours and styles – they are presentable enough to wear on their own too, not just hidden under suits and other layers.

3) Fleece jacket

A great mid layer if very cold, or something to throw on over your sports jacket for a more casual look instead of a bespoke overcoat.  You might think that fleece jackets tend to be solely made from synthetic fibres – not so – Icebreaker have a range of soft, anti stink merino wool brushed fleece jackets in designs that work well for casual wear too.

4) Sweater

Sweaters layer nicely under a bespoke suit or sports jacket, perfectly acceptable during winter.  Also looks good on its own or over a shirt (very handy to hide the odd wrinkle – or unfortunate coffee stain – it happens to the best of us, although for how to get rid of the stain more permanently  may we recommend Jeeves or some of the techniques in this video…)  This old favourite is a staple in our casual winter wardrobe, and pairs very well with a sports jacket for apres ski style.

5) Scarf / gloves

Cold air has a remarkable knack for getting in anywhere to thieve warmth.  We Top 5 Merino Wool Products   Its Ski Season! find it helpful to seal off any gaps.  It’s easy to forget that cuffs and collar openings invite unwanted cold breezes. As such keeping a scarf and gloves – in merino wool, naturally, can come in very handy.  A soft merino wool scarf is also less likely to irritate skin round the neck and chin area that may already be sensitive from shaving and the cold.  Soft and thin wool gloves that still insulate fingers means you won’t lose as much dexterity than say, wearing leather gloves. Go for ones with smartphone compatible finger pads if like us you need to be connected on the go at all times.

What to wear for Apres Ski?

Most ski resorts are very casual but that is no reason to blunt your style.  Our top tip for a stylish apres ski look – and something that would perfectly finish of all of the above (socks, base layers, sweater, accessories like scarves and gloves) would be a trusty bespoke sports jacket.

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Combat the Cold – Part 2, Layering With a Waistcoat

January 24, 2016

After a balmy run up to Christmas and warm start to the new year (where we saw a few confused daffodils come out), it is finally starting to feel like a proper winter.  Temperatures have dropped dramatically and we’re really starting to feel the chill.

At Henry Herbert, there are three things we always keep in mind to combat the cold: fabric, layering and outerwear.  The three go hand in hand to keep you toasty.  In Combat the Cold Part 1 – Choosing the right Fabric, we discussed fabric choices to help insulate you against the winter chill.  In Part 2, we will discuss the art of layering.

Layering is where the three piece suit comes into its own

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It is not always the case that the thickest, bulkiest jumper is the warmest option.  You might be able to achieve the same, if not better effect by selecting a few thin layers in a better fabric.  Layering also traps warm air between the various layering/clothing items creating a natural insulating effect.  And could come in handy when going in and out from the streets to the overly warm London Underground, or when having to deal with over-enthusiastic central heating.

Keeping the torso (where key organs are situated) and chest area warm is also key to avoiding a chill. Nothing is better suited to this than a chic bespoke waistcoat – worn not just for style, but for practical reasons during such wintery conditions.  So now is definitely the time to break out your three piece suit, and wear it in all its glory.  The addition of a wool waistcoat is a fantastic, practical – and if we may add, stylish – way to add a layer whilst keeping the formality and sleek lines of a tailored bespoke suit.  Unlike a jumper or two, a waistcoat can add warmth without restricting the use of your arms, or bunching up awkwardly underneath jacket sleeves.

If you have a Henry Herbert two piece suit, and the same fabric is still in production, adding a bespoke waistcoat to the ensemble to make it a three-piece suit is a stylish solution to see you through the winter months, as well as offering you more sartorial combinations to play with.  Recently, we have seen a number of extremely unique waistcoat commissions, where our customers have wanted a unique design not just for a wedding, but for use in any number of formal and casual occasions, with or without the accompanying suit jacket.

 

 

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Bespoke Suit Fabric to Combat the Cold – Part 1

January 19, 2016

After a balmy run up to Christmas and warm start to the new year (where we saw a few confused daffodils emerge), it is finally starting to feel like a proper winter.  Temperatures have dropped dramatically and we’re really starting to feel the chill.

At Henry Herbert, there are three things we always keep in mind to combat the cold: fabric, layering and outerwear.  The three go hand in hand to keep you toasty.  Below we address part 1 of our three-part series where we share how to Combat the Cold.

Choose a natural wool fabric for your bespoke suit

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Now is the time to dry clean and store your cotton summer suits (may we recommend Jeeves).  British winters, as we know, unfortunately tend to be both cold, and wet.  Cotton when wet, is a particularly poor insulator – if anything, it acts to conduct heat away from your body, and retain moisture close to your skin (hence the chill factor), and is not quick drying.  Meanwhile, wool fibres trap tiny pockets of air between them, helping to insulate you. Wool also wicks or pulls moisture away from your skin to keep you dry.  This effect both keeps you warm during the winter, and can keep you cool in warmer situations by helping evaporate sweat more quickly.  This is why you will often see merino wool being described as having “temperature regulating” properties.  Finally, wool also retains its insulating properties much better than cotton when wet, and as an added bonus, wool is generally more hard wearing and is more resistant to dirt and oil stains than other fabrics like cotton.

It is therefore not a surprise that wool is fabric of choice for most bespoke suits intended for wear year round, but especially during the colder months.  A mid to heavy weight 12-13oz fabric would typically be excellent for year round use except in the warmest months.  However you could even choose a weight upward of that (14-15oz) for added warmth.  We would also recommend thinking about a  Harris tweed suit – tweed is a moisture resistant, very durable fabric which is why it is the fabric of choice for outdoor use e.g in shooting suits. However, we have seen the use of more refined tweed cloth intended for bespoke suits, adapted for city use to great effect.

The technology and fabric utilised by base layers intended for skiing can also be invisibly adpated underneath your bespoke suit. If you tend to wear a cotton t-shirt under your shirt, swap that out for a thin merino wool t-shirt or borrow a base layer from your ski gear for invisible, added warmth whilst staying chic and tailored on the outside.  The fabric next to the skin, in such cold conditions, should wick sweat away as well as keep you warm.  Stay tuned for  Combat the Cold Part 2 – Layering With a Waistcoat. and Part 3 – Bespoke Overcoats.

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New year, new you…?

January 13, 2016

It is week 2 of the new year.  You came back recharged and revitalised, but have been back at work for a week and a half, and you’ve already a) lost your holiday vibe, and b) lost track of those new year resolutions.  Post the holidays, and suffering from what we at Henry Herbert term as the “Festive Food Coma”, it is natural for us to make fitness/detox related New Year’s resolutions – in an attempt to shift the little bit of, shall we say “excess baggage” that may have accumulated over the holidays.  Luckily for us at HH headquarters, mince pies only come about once a year.

If you do fall into this category, here are a few fun gadgets, tips and tricks that we will be trying to help keep us on track.

1) Spook up your run – Zombies, Run App!

Running can be boring, and laborious.  When faced with a choice of warm pub or cold outdoor run, we know which we’d pick.  We were brainstorming ways to spice up our running resolutions, and stumbled upon the Zombies, Run app.  You plug in your headphones and listen to music, and your mission, have to outrun zombies and pick up supplies as you dash to a safe haven.  We find the concept that a horde of zombies   is chasing after us motivation enough.  Don’t quite know what we mean? Watch Zombieland to get in the groove.  You’ll be setting new speed records in no time.

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2) New year, new kicks

If, like us, you haven’t been on run for a while, your footwear is likely in need of an update.  Upon inspection, ours (dragged out from the depths of some store cupboard) were frayed, sole treads bare and had all the cushioning of a deflated ballon.  Stores like Runner’s Need will conduct sophisticate posture and gait analysis, and recommend a specialist running shoe to suit.  But if like us, you’re not quite ready to invest just yet, then we think a pair of Nike/Asics/Brooks will get us going just fine.

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3) Get a gadget

We all like to see how far we’ve come.  One of the best ways of tracking progress, is a simple app or three downloaded to our smartphones.  We here Nike has a decent GPS running app.  Garmin (of the navigation device fame) has one of the top GPS watches, which our runner friends swear by.  Fitbit and Jawbone both have stylish and understated activity tracker wristbands which can be programmed to remind you to get moving if you’re sat behind your desk for too long.  As an added bonus some of these can also monitor your heart rate.  We don’t need any more reasons to indulge in a new gadget.

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4) Don’t forget the rest of the gear

As much as we would like to conduct every activity in a bespoke suit, we think there is a place for good old shorts and a t-shirt – likely better suited for a sweaty run.    We hear Nike make some of the most flourescent tops (best for roadside running on dark winter evenings), and that Lululemon tops and shorts cannot be beaten for comfort.

5) Buddy up

The good news is, you’re not the only one making new years resolutions.  A quick poll of customers, friends and colleagues found that many similar intentions.  We are planning on turning our running/tennis/squash sessions into a social catch up, not to mention having someone to compete against can come in handy.

If all else fails…and you need results in a hurry…

Try the Henry Herbert alterations service.  Most Henry Herbert bespoke suits can be let out by several inches – or taken in, if your New Year resolutions have been particularly effective.  Contact us for an appointment – visit us at one of our Savile Row or Gray’s Inn Road locations, alternatively we can come to you with our Savile Row by Scooter service.

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Men’s Fragrances

April 3, 2015

Bespoke tailoring instantly conjures up an image that suggests sophistication and style. Whether you’re wearing a classic handmade dinner suit tuxedo or distinctive traditional inspired three-piece suit it goes without saying that you’ll require the essential accessories to perfectly finish off the ensemble. This includes scent.

Limited Edition

The way a man smells lingers on the mind of every woman (and man) who gets a tantalising whiff of the exquisite and expensive aroma. Many fashion houses have their own unique formulas that are beautifully packaged up and introduced as an entry level purchase option for individuals wanting to flaunt style at an affordable price.
Whilst most fragrance brands look to hook potential buyers with limited edition scents that are pocket friendly, one Italian tailoring house has opted to create a buzz for another reason. Brioni’s self-titled, limited-run fragrance has a hefty £215 price tag! The buttery cognac coloured fragrance is packaged in a chunky, squat and square sculptured bottle that complements the label’s range of accessories and furniture.

Brioni’s aim was to package expensive so that it looks like it smells. Brioni features 100 notes that combine to create a dominating rich fragrance that highlights zingy citrus, smoky tones, musk, saffron, Sicilian lemon, leather and cashmere. In essence, it is designed to smell like the classic bespoke suit.
The Smell of Success

For men who aspire to look, and smell, the business careful consideration must be given to the finishing touches. Prestigious fragrance houses specialise in creating personalised bespoke scent that reflects personality, elegance and individual style. Master perfumer Oliver Creed creates “the favoured scent of the world’s most powerful, refined and attractive gentlemen.” His fragrances are bottled up and bought by the Hollywood A-List with a price tag to match – a bespoke formula can set you back a cool £10,000.

Creed’s fragrances are made with natural products that are by definition expensive. Incorporating synthetic products enables him to create a range that is a lower-grade version, without compromising too much on quality. Mass production is not on the agenda.

Aroma Appeal

Fragrance is a powerful tool that can alter mood and influence image instantly. Bespoke tailoring complements elegant sensory blends that create olfactory magnificence. In the same way you wouldn’t spoil the effect of a sophisticated handmade suit by wearing a crumpled shirt and scuffed shoes, your fragrance choice reflects the overall image and style that you wish to create. Perfectly matching fragrance to fashion has long been the pursuit of the rich, powerful and famous and bespoke garments provide the ideal introduction to upgrading your scent palette and collection.

Top 5 Expensive Fragrances

• The most expensive bottle of men’s fragrance in the world is Clive Christian No.1 Perfume for Men – retailing at £1,528.

Clive Christian No.1 – Imperial Majesty Edition Perfume is packaged in a customised bottle and priced $215.00 (or £140,000). His regular edition fragrances are a more reasonable $865 (£562).

Tom Ford has a range of sophisticated Eau de Parfums in the £142-£330 price pocket.

• If you prefer a citrus based fragrance try Annick Goutal’s Eau D’Hadrien, which supposedly smells like the Tuscan sun and costs a few quid short of £1,000.

• If you’re happy to share your unisex fragrance Caron’s Poivre has been around since 1954 and still shifts units despite the $2,000 (£1,300) tag.

Scotch Whisky

March 10, 2015

BESPOKE tailoring and Scotch whisky are considered to be true partners in style. The sophisticated refinement of a handmade suit is perfectly matched by the provenance of the daringly flavoursome, grain-based amber liquid. Both deliver premium quality with a heritage stamp attached.

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Substance and Style

The Scotch Whisky Association was set up in order to protect the whisky trade from imitation. It fights producers seeking to pass off their product as authentic Scotch. In terms of heritage, class and fashion Scotch whisky is the premium product. Bespoke tailoring also has standards that reflect the same level of craftsmanship, refinement and quality, and the Savile Row Bespoke Association (SRBA) is made up of member tailors with an agreed code of practice. The Association was founded in 2004 to protect and develop the art of authentic bespoke Savile Row tailoring.

Deluxe style is appreciated by the discerning palette and admired from afar. It is created by craftsmanship that shares values and skills that are centuries old. David Beckman’s Haig Club single grain whisky TV advert may have elevated the amber liquid, for new audience awareness, but the style and image still ooze the sophisticated bespoke charm of centuries.

Modern Interpretations

Blended whisky is the biggest selling variant of Scotch, although the popularity of single malts has continued to increase over the years. In comparison, Savile Row tailors have altered and tweaked their services to deliver all of your sartorial expectations. Whether you want to invest in a classic handmade suit, with complementary bespoke shirt and accessories, or simply long to wear a tailored suit that makes you look your very best the heritage tailoring establishments are ready to meet your needs.

Personal taste is reflective in the style of clothing you wear and the lifestyle you choose. According to drink experts and uber cool style influencers drinking wood-spiced whisky is currently ultra hip. Sipping your tipple, whilst wearing an elegant handmade suit is obviously a few notches higher up the style gauge.

Bespoke Tailoring and Scotch Whisky

Whisky is the hot hipster drink that is fast attracting new connoisseurs. Whether you appreciate the elegance of vintage malt, triple distilled single malt or a voluptuous spicy finish character blend, whisky is always fragrant and mysterious.

  • A full-bodied artisan Scotch whisky is rather like a bespoke three-piece tweed suit. The highest quality and finest craftsmanship is echoed in the finished product and garment.
  • Masculine style is epitomised by sophisticated bespoke dressing and mirrored by rich and distinctive amber blends.
  • Bespoke tailoring inspires appreciation of the finer things in life, like vintage malt whisky and James Bond cars.
  • Blended whisky impressively complements signature tailoring – which includes bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear garments that smartly bridge the gap between traditional individually crafted wear and off-the-peg suits.
  • The discerning modern gentleman appreciates craftsmanship, authenticity and value. This is why he chooses bespoke tailoring and opts for premium brands of Scotch whisky as his off duty tipple.
  • Prime marketing investment has focused awareness of whisky brands, particularly around seasonal gifting periods. In much the same way, bespoke tailoring enjoys renewed interest whenever fashion and film trends highlight sophisticated style and glamour. You only have to think James Bond, Mad Men or Kingsman: The Secret Service to identify the influential fashion trend.

Politicians & Suits

March 2, 2015

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IF, as it is considered, clothes make the man British politicians appear to be busy reflecting a message that contradicts the meaning of their profession. The old-fashioned, stuffy & traditional pin-stripe attire worn by generations of politicians has long been replaced with a more casual off duty approach to dressing. Although this implies unity with the people it does little in the way of earning respect for authority from the public. Whilst donning a handmade suit doesn’t instantly transform the nation’s views and opinions, wearing bespoke tailoring with confidence creates a more favourable and positive impression.

Public Engagement

Bespoke tailoring skillfully transforms body image, dressing confidence and the way in which other people perceive you. What it cannot do is alter posture, attitude and the ability to do the job. To genuinely look the part a politician must understand how to perfectly accessorise and present the bespoke suit. A handmade shirt, elegantly knotted silk tie in a refined but understated stripe design, exquisite cufflinks and handmade mirror polished shoes help to unite politician and bespoke attire so that they become sophistication personified. Without the confident attitude, street savvy mindset and charismatic personality to carry off a polished professional look a politician is simply a man in a posh suit.

As celebrities well know, to engage with an audience you must look, feel and think like a superstar. Whilst politicians are unlikely to scale such grand heights media attention is always gravitating in their direction. To appeal to the masses, in a role that should command respect, sharp and smart tailoring becomes essential workwear. We as the public, unfortunately, judge by appearance and unless politicians dress like they mean serious business we’re not interested in listening to what they have to say.

Status & Stature

Fashion and style are two independent statements that reflect an individual’s personality and appearance. In positions of power and influence it is important to present a sense of style and panache, simply because this is what we all aspire to possess. The way in which leaders dress is also reflective of the level to which the public feels valued. Scruffy dressing influences the audience to look elsewhere for direction and leadership.

Fashion is fleeting and rarely makes a lasting impression. For this reason alone bespoke tailoring remains the dressing option of choice for those individuals who want to project sophistication, charisma, power, knowledge and status – whatever the profession. Politicians like Nick Clegg and George Osbourne, for example, are trying too hard to be something they are not. Whilst a smart bespoke suit can make you look like someone who commands attention, authority and respect it is personal style that transforms perception. Today’s politicians lack the requirement of individual style and project an image that contradicts the reality. To look like a leader you need to think and act like one before slipping on a handmade suit to complete the picture.

In the political arena politicians must know their way around the fashion industry. Casual dressing should be reserved for off duty occasions when there is no camera in sight. Bespoke tailoring gives value and stature to your personality and when combined with accessories, and valuable fashion tips, it is simply the only way to go. To inspire like a true leader a politician must be prepared to stand out from the crowd.

 

Suits & Spies

February 22, 2015

 

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EVERY little boy has a spy fantasy that involves high-level espionage, fast cars and sharp bespoke suits. The James Bond influence has long inspired classic bespoke tailoring and opened the door for a host of Secret Service movies to impact on our imaginations. The most recent, Kingsman: The Secret Service, sees a suave and sophisticated Colin Firth (looking as dapper as usual), play Harry Hart (code name: Galahad) who says “the suit is the modern gentleman’s armour”.  We couldn’t agree more.

Spies, and their counterparts, the villains/criminals, are undoubtedly some of the best-dressed men in the movies. They effortlessly know how to wear a classic three-piece bespoke suit whilst brandishing a lethal weapon (which may or may not be housed inside an umbrella, another quintessential gentleman’s accessory), and dangling a damsel in distress on one arm. Stylish spies ooze sophistication, elegance and power.

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With headquarters cleverly disguised within a Savile Row tailor’s shop, the elite private team of spies battle to save the world, displaying death defying stunts, sky diving antics and striking bespoke attire along the way. The extensive bespoke wardrobe worn throughout Kingsman: The Secret Service is central to the movie’s appeal. The classic suit collection features distinctively English tailoring and styling, and brings back the double-breasted suit, a style that Henry Herbert has also championed  recently (with the Campaign to Bring Back the Double Breasted).

As movie goers we’ve become familiar with Firth, always looking impeccably attired and comfortable playing roles that require a dapper appearance. “I only really came to understand a good suit when I made A Single Man and realised that it does the work for you,” Firth has openly stated. “It affects your bearing and makes you look good.”

Worn as modern day armour by cinematic spies and secret agents, the bespoke suit has become the acceptable uniform that can also be worn in real life. Bespoke tailoring should make you look good and feel great.

Taron Egerton plays Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, a seemingly unrefined petty criminal who is recruited by Firth and painstakingly taught everything he needs to know about acceptable table manners and occasion-appropriate footwear. The elite team may look like high-end accountants but don’t be fooled because they can handle any high-octane fight without breaking a sweat or ripping a seam.

Spies With Style

  • Tinkler, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a British espionage thriller starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley, the spy who is brought out of retirement to track down a double agent. The bespoke tailoring is civil service chic and reflective of the ‘70s. Colin Firth (yes, him again), Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy also star.
  • The Ipcress File stars Michael Caine’s skint MI5 agent Harry Palmer. The iconic wardrobe features classic ‘60’s bespoke style and distinctive thick-rimmed glasses.
  • Bond. Any and all films. So iconic is the character’s sartorial elegance and style that any actor playing the part appears believable. Bond is always impeccably dressed and ready for action or any occasion – casual or formal. This super spy wears black tie like no one else, and we applaud his ability to stay immaculate in any situation.

Besides the gadgets and cars, all you need is a handmade suit that flatters your physique, enhances your appearance and creates the allure of mystery. So who wants to play James Bond in real life?

Tailor Talk

February 16, 2015

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TAILOR TALK – A professional tailor might seem to speak a strange language at first –  the language bespoke. But most importantly he, or she, should make you feel at ease and to ask any question you wish. If you are not sure of something, just ask! Bespoke simply means made to your individual and specific pattern. The handmade tailored suit is therefore a one-of-a-kind garment that is created to make you look your very best. Understanding how best to convey your needs ensures that the tailor is able to translate your imagination into the perfect bespoke creation.

A bespoke suit speaks volumes about the wearer’s personality, character and style. Set your own trend by taking inspiration from style conscious leaders and influencers that you admire. Choose classic Saville Row style for a bespoke suit with timeless appeal or opt for contemporary simplicity with James Bond inspired elegance. Use visual references to ensure your tailor knows exactly what you want to achieve. Find a tailor who speaks your language to ensure he makes a bespoke suit that is made from a hand-drawn paper pattern to your exact body measurements.

Specialist tailors have mastered specific structuring techniques that create distinctive styles of tailoring. Whether your preference is traditional British or modern continental it is essential that you find a tailor with a complementary house style. You will feel more comfortable and relaxed with a tailor who specialises in your preferred garment style than one who has a long list of celebrity clients but doesn’t make the kind of suit you want to wear.

The tape measure never lies! No matter how you think you look the tailor will take multiple accurate measurements to capture your natural shape, size and posture. There is therefore no use in sucking in your belly when the tape measure winds around your waist. Allow the tailor to measure up so that the suit can be adjusted to compensate for specific features that you’re not comfortable with.

When visiting a tailor it is important to present the bigger picture. This means openly discussing your specific needs and requirements, along with suit purpose. When you’re being measured up you should therefore attend the appointment in suitable clothing that gives the tailor an opportunity to evaluate your unique shape and size. Wear a favourite suit and dress shoes to demonstrate how you naturally carry the garments.

When choosing a bespoke suit it is best to opt for a handmade suit that flatters your shape and size without being overly flamboyant in design. Save the quirky personal touches for the details. Add bold and luxurious silk lining to the jacket, elongate or widen the lapel and finish off with smart symmetrical buttons on the jacket sleeves. For a perfect silhouette choose a double vent.

A bespoke suit is made to your unique body shape and should therefore fit you perfectly. This means that you’ll have no need for belt loops on the trousers. Choose adjustable side tabs, with buttons, for added comfort and a streamlined look.

Take your time over any decision regarding fabric, colour, fit, style and cost. After all you want to be completely satisfied with your bespoke suit so use the multiple fittings as an opportunity to double check details. By the third fitting your suit should be practically ready to wear. Once your handmade suit is ready to wear your personal specifications will be stored in the tailor’s file, for your next appointment.

One For The Road: Cycling & Suits

February 14, 2015

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WITH an increase in the number of businessmen taking to the road on two wheels, bespoke tailoring has adapted to suit. This time, we are not talking about scooters (on which Henry Herbert tailors can often be found!), but the rise and rise of the bicycle commute.  However, looking fashionable without appearing flustered on a bike requires some sharp tailoring and clever details. The modern businessman can now opt for a suave and sophisticated handmade suit that can be tweaked to take them straight from home to the boardroom, via the cycle path.

Bespoke tailoring is all about the details. To travel in style fabric, function, fit need to be considered, and it is possible look like a cool cyclist without layering on the lycra. Cutting a dash in a smart bespoke suit that has been made with cycling in mind is the practical, sensible and logical (not to mention time-saving) choice for power dressing professionals and elegant executives.

What to look for:

The perfect cycling business suit provides comfort and flexible dressing without any compromise on classic bespoke tailoring or style. An active lifestyle requires a suit that incorporates practical features like visibility and shape retention for wear and tear on the road.

  • Choose a stain resistant fabric that is breathable and suitable for extreme weather conditions, and a cut that allows for freedom of movement and minimal creasing.
  • Make a few adjustments by lowering the jacket armhole to enable extra arm reach and additional shoulder support for riding comfort.
  • Pick a contemporary narrow trouser fit for safe cycling. A little extra padded support in the seat and crotch ensures a comfortable ride in the saddle. For additional comfort wear the trousers over padded shorts (get your lycra fix underneath!).
  • Select high visibility lining in a striking colour. Vibrant yellow reflects the Tour de France style influence and gives the bespoke suit a sharp, modern designer edge. For ease of physical movement and comfort opt for a jacket that is half lined, and keep your undercollar melton in sync with lining – so that when you flip up your collar to protect against windchill, the bright lining will show and allow for extra visibility to other road users.

Pay attention to the details:

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The ultimate cycle friendly bespoke suit takes you from A to B without any major dressing (or undressing) adjustments along the way. You will arrive at the office ready to do business.

  • Keep your cool by adding a sailor’s tab collar (see an example here) that can be adjusted according to temperature and weather conditions. This also provides wind protection around the neck and chest.
  • Add detachable fluorescent pocket flaps to increase visibility on the road.
  • Choose smart high-vis trouser turn ups to complement and finish the elegant cut of the bespoke suit.

Rather like the compact, quick-change folding bike, the bespoke suit offers a practical solution to dressing the part ready for work and play.  Choose durable and versatile fabric and distinctive details to create the perfect bespoke suit for business and leisure. Team with a complementary cycle helmet and leave the spare set of clothes at home. Say goodbye to lycra and hello to the modern fitness wardrobe for the busy executive.