I stumbled across this Forum while Googling for Bespoke Tailors in the UK and I must say, I'm very impressed...Lots of good info here covering the full spectrum of Tailoring.
I hope someone here can give me a couple of recomendations on finding a Tailor to create a Suit for me. The number of "Bespoke Tailors" in the UK is quite daunting when Google does it's search, and after viewing about 100+ Websites I'm still no closer to finding someone...I see there are lists of Tailors here in the Forum, of which several are Members. The Posts are a couple of years old and some of the links no longer work.
I'm not a "Label" kind of Guy...So the SR Tailors don't really hold any Mystique for me (and I definitely don't like having their exclusive addresses tacked on to the price of my Suit). I'm no stranger to Fully Bespoke Suits, the last 2 I had made in Hong Kong about 20 years ago were perfect in every way...except they weren't English... They lacked that "special thing" that it seems only you English Tailors can do...(In my minds Eye at least). I wore those Suits for almost 15 years and they were still great looking. A lifestyle change about 10 years ago meant I no longer had to have nice suits and the addition of a few pounds (more than a few) means they no longer fit. Come 2014 and another lifestyle change and I find myself needing a couple of great Suits again and this time I'm aiming for my "Holy Grail" of an English Bespoke Suit.
I am an American, living in Austria but will travel anywhere in the UK (except maybe Scotland...they make beautiful Jackets but I don't think Trousers are their strong point.. ) to find a Tailor that can create the perfect Suit for me. My vision of this Suit is a Full
floating Canvas, Dark Navy Blue, 3 piece, 2 button (or a 2 show 3) in Dormeuil Tonik 2000 (I have already purchaced 6.5 meters of the Cloth), Button Fly Trousers with a Fish Tail for Bracers and also fully lined. Basically, my dream Suit would be a Suit like Michael Caine wore in "Get Carter" (but made for the frame of Jack Nicholson)... I don't know weither it's even possible with my body shape to look good in this Suit style...hence the need for a good Tailor who might gently sway me from this if it wouldn't work (or a one with a Degree from Hogwarts School of Tailoring...)
I am unsure as to what a Fully Bespoke Suit costs these days...I've seen everything from 350 Pounds up to "from 3500 Pounds"... I would like to spend about 1500-1700 Pounds for a 3 piece Suit and 3 Bespoke Shirts. Considering I have already purchaced the Cloth, is this a realistic Price (outside of SR) or am I dreaming?
Sorry this Post is so long winded but I feel finding a reliable and trustworthy "Clothing Partner" is much more than "Where do you get your Suits made?" can answer. I'm hoping somone on this Forum IS or knows the Tailor I'm looking for.
Edited by rfe3, 28 May 2014 - 05:56 AM.