Morning dress guide for a wedding (or Ascot)

Whether you're getting married, going to a smart wedding or off to Ascot, our comprehensive morning dress guide will ensure you are suitably attired for the occasion. Our morning dress guide starts with possibly the most straight forward choice within the ensemble -...

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What is Made To Measure?

Most bespoke tailors offer a made to measure (MTM) option but what is the actual difference between bespoke and MTM? MTM costs significantly less than full bespoke - this much is clear, but are you getting a significantly lesser quality suit if you opt for MTM? Not...

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Bespoke wedding suits – a 5 point guide to ordering one

With three quarters of marriage proposals being made over the festive period (according to stag organisers Chilisauce.co.uk ) grooms usually have a bit of planning to do come January. Deciding on a bespoke wedding suit should come close to the top of the planning...

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Harris Tweed Jackets

The fashion police is largely a figure of speech, but there is one instance in which it has a literal meaning, and that is the strange case of the hand-made cloth from Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. This is because the use of the name Harris Tweed is restricted, by a 1993...

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Bespoke trousers are a very personal choice – here’s why

Bespoke trousers - fit for purpose If the single-best reason for a man to order a bespoke jacket is choice then the primary reason to have a pair of bespoke trousers tailored is fit. While, with some diligent research, a man can find ready-to-wear trousers in most...

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What exactly is ‘business casual’? A short guide

At the start of June the number of men across the world required to wear tailored clothes to work shrank considerably when the investment bank JP Morgan revealed its new “business casual” dress code.  The rationale is that because JP Morgan’s clients don’t tend to...

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Summer suit ideas

When the temperature rises the prospect of wearing a suit can be forbidding. However, whether you’re going to wear it in the office or at a wedding, in Tooting or in the tropics, there are ways to sport a suit and still beat the heat. A linen suit represents the most...

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Recreating Cary Grant’s North by Northwest Suit: Part 3

Part 3 - The fitting A couple of weeks ago I returned for a fitting at Chris Kerr. Chris’s cut was pretty much spot on first time, taking elements from the original 1959 cut, e.g., a wider trouser, longer jacket and looser fit, whilst retaining a modern, sharper...

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Recreating Cary Grant’s North by Northwest suit: Part 2

Part 2 - lapels, cuff buttons, pockets & the cut Now we had the cloth confirmed, there’s just the small matter of trying to match the various components that make up a suit - lapels, cuff buttons, pockets, along with deciding on the cut. While I was committed to...

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Recreating Cary Grant’s North By Northwest Suit

Part 1- Finding the cloth The blue/grey plaid suit Cary Grant wears in Alfred Hitchcock's film North by Northwest was recently named the most iconic suit in cinema (by Esquire) - narrowly beating Sean Connery’s grey plaid three piece from Goldfinger. Both of course...

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Chris Kerr on dressing Tom Hardy for the film ‘Legend’

The promotional image for new Kray Twins biopic 'Legend', starring Tom Hardy (playing both Ronnie and Reggie), is just about everywhere you look at the moment - posters, magazine covers, online pop ups. So ubiquitous is the advertising that you get a sense of what it...

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Bond villains & their suits

Christoph Waltz will play ‘the coolest Bond villain ever’ (according to GQ) in ‘Spectre' due to hit cinemas on November 6th. You can’t see what he’ll be wearing yet - in the teaser trailer, he’s masked in shadow but in the long tradition of Bond villains, a dinner...

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Chris Kerr – A Short History

Chris Kerr is the oldest bespoke tailor in Soho, now in its 56th year and third generation of Kerr family involvement. The business was established in 1960 as Len Wilton at 52 Berwick Street, where it remained for 50 years (eventually moving to 31 Berwick Street in...

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Savile Row Tailors vs Soho Tailors

Buying your first (and possibly only) bespoke suit is what marketers call a ‘high consideration’ purchase, meaning that the average male will research the bejesus out of the market before ever stepping foot in one of the many venerable tailors shops this town is...

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Black Tie in Midnight Blue

Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne, not only for his Oscar & BAFTA awards but also for sartorial performance at both ceremonies. If there was an award for best dressed recipient of a major film award, we think Eddie should win that too. It’s not easy to digress from...

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How much does a bespoke suit cost?

For men who’ve never been to a tailor the price can seem intimidating, but in reality the cost is the least interesting thing about a hand-made suit. It’s as relevant to compare the price of a suit made by Chris to the price of a designer suit as it is to compare the...

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The Top Ten Best-Dressed Movie Gangsters

Bad guys have long known how to dress well, at least on film. From American actor John Barrymore’s 1932 portrayal of French author Maurice Leblanc’s gentleman-thief Arsene Lupin, during which the actor looked swell in white tie, to Jean Gabin’s turn as Max in 1954’s...

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What to wear for Henley

Henley-on-Thames the regatta consists of over 200 boat races on the river that runs through the town, with Olympians among the competitors. However, the Regatta is as almost as much a social event as it is a sporting one, and as such the dress code is important (men...

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There are dinner jackets & dinner jackets …

When you order a lounge suit, whether for work or play, or even for a wedding, it’s a relaxing thought that before too long you’ll order another one. Of course you want to get all the details right, but ultimately you can always refine the specification next time...

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Summer sports jackets

It’s easy in winter to reach for a tweed jacket when you’re heading out for a weekend lunch with friends. However, if, when dressing for the same kind of occasion in summer, a man wants to wear something more interesting and less formal than a navy-blue blazer then...

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Why a bespoke Solaro suit?

What do Lapo Elkann, Gianni Agnelli, Matteo Marzotto and Luca di Montezemolo have in common, aside from their incredible wealth and status as style icons? They all wore or wear suits made from Solaro. While a lot of different fabrics are referred to as Solaro only...

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Why brown shoes are best

It’s one of the paradoxes of modern life that even though men are freer to dress as they please than they ever have been before there remains a very stubborn wish to adhere to “the rules”. Quite what the rules are, and who came up with them, is unknown, but it remains...

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Dressing for spring & summer

With spring approaching any man who wishes to wear a new light-coloured suit this summer needs to get on and place an order. The character of such suits is heavily dependent on the fabric specified, from the dry hand of linen to the fuzz of flannel and the slight...

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The cases for braces

Why, you might ask, would anyone wear braces in the 21st century? In an era of slim, flat-front trousers is there still a place for an item of male dress that surely reached its apogee in 1987, when the Michael Douglas film Wall Street was released? The answer is...

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Cream dinner jackets

It’s a regrettable truth that if you wear a cream or white dinner jacket someone will accuse you of looking like an Italian ice cream salesman, and that a shiver of fear will run down your spine every time you see someone carrying a glass of red wine. However, if...

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Which buttons to do up on your bespoke suit?

The Italian designer Massimo Piombo has strong and fabulous taste. The look book for his Spring-Summer collection is notable because the model is a Japanese aristocrat, the colours are bold, and because the single-breasted jackets are buttoned on the lower of two...

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When to order a bespoke suit

I write this in the depths of winter, a day bracketed by frost and chilled by a cold westerly wind. It’s a day when my heaviest tweed jacket is a natural choice, and when it’s hard to imagine the feeling of sunshine on one’s face. Quite naturally the kind of clothes...

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What is a dandy?

The recent publication of the book I am Dandy, by Rose Callahan and Nathaniel Adams, has put the idea of dandyism back in the spotlight. While the word is casually thrown around it’s hard to define, especially as it seems to be popularly understood to mean the exact...

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Style Icon: George Clooney?

The fact that the actor George Clooney is widely regarded as one of the best-dressed men in the world is preposterous. There are a variety of reasons why Clooney isn’t well dressed: he invariably wears utterly boring dark ready-to-wear clothes, his suits are usually...

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Bespoke suits – why less is more

The design commonplace “less is more” has a relevance when it comes to clothes. For a man first overcoming his natural reluctance to draw attention to himself the discovery that it’s possible for a peacock to extend his wings without the sky falling in is an exciting...

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The iGent in the grey flannel suit

Warm, fuzzy, soft, comfortable, rumpled, cosy and timeless. It’s no wonder that flannel is now highly sought after by the new generation of ‘iGents’, those men with a passionate interest in relatively clothes who’ve developed their taste and knowledge using blogs and...

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Why the seriously stylish wear mohair

If you’re prepared to take part in a style experiment please put on a navy blue jacket, and a pale blue shirt. Now put on a burgundy-coloured satin silk tie, and take a moment to consider the impression this makes. Next, remove the satin-silk tie and replace it with a...

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Style Icon: Baron Alexis de Redé

The famous London shoemaker GJ Cleverley offers a beautiful slip-on shoe named after the legendary man of style Baron Alexis de Redé (1922 – 2004). The Baron, a banker and a minor Austrian aristocrat, lead one of the most stylish lives of the second half of the...

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Smoking Jackets

For many years the velvet smoking jacket was a garment that seemed to have been sunk by its unfortunate history. Weighed down by associations with the rococo excesses of Seventies tailoring – think Austin Powers wearing a baby-blue ruffle-fronted shirt underneath a...

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The covert coat

If a man sets himself apart from the crowd when he first wears a bespoke suit he puts himself in another category entirely when he pulls on a bespoke overcoat. With that single act all the compromises inherent in wearing ready-to-wear coats (the poor cloth, the fit...

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The Sports Jacket

Do you regularly shoot pheasants? Spend much time in vast, draughty country houses? Unless the answer to at least one of these questions is yes then you don’t need to dress as if you’re off for a weekend at Downton Abbey. Tweed jackets are traditionally made from...

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Dressing for pleasure

For men who love clothes the relentless slide towards casualness is a double-edged sword. If you enjoy dressing up then the fact that society becomes more and more informal can be a source of unhappiness. It’s tempting to become downhearted at the fact that there is...

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Wedding Suits part 4: Linen suit

Perhaps the wedding is going to be conducted by the sun-kissed Mediterranean coastline, or perhaps the bride wants to tone down the formality, but whatever the motivation it’s perfectly possible to wear a linen suit in a way that looks cool, rather than colonial. The...

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Wedding Suits part 3: Lounge suit

Although this is the easiest dress code with which to comply it’s necessary to sound a note of caution. While most men will already own a lounge suit that could be worn to a wedding, few will own one that should to be worn to a wedding. The reason is that a man,...

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Wedding Suits part two: Dinner Jacket

Now that few people give formal parties dinner jackets have become the preserve of corporate functions.Unsurprisingly few of us are sufficiently inspired by such humdrum events to worry much about what we wear. A wedding, however, calls for rather more effort and the...

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Wedding Suits part one: Morning dress

The modern world has few occasions smarter than grand weddings, and for the majority of men the dress code will call for the most formal clothes they own. However, not all weddings are stiff affairs, and the location and style of the ceremony will dictate what kind of...

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Style Icon: Gary Cooper

Some men dress up well (Cary Grant), and some men dress down well (Steve McQueen), but Gary Cooper dressed well all of the time. Kitted out in a plaid shirt and faded jeans he was every inch the rugged outdoorsman, and yet he was able to look just as natural in a...

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Style Icon: Jean Gabin

What would it take to capture the heart of one of the most famous and beautiful women of the Twentieth century, the actress Marlene Dietrich? Incomparable wealth, or matinee-idol looks? The French actor Jean Gabin had neither, but he did have what tailoring expert...

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Style Icon: Fred Astaire

An apocryphal story about the legendary actor and dancer Fred Astaire has it that after a disappointing screen test a studio executive gave him the following report: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Balding. Can dance a little.” To which we might add, Can dress. Astaire had...

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Style Icon: Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

Born 65 years ago into an aristocratic and well-connected family from Italy’s Piedmont region, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was a racing driver before an impassioned performance on a radio show caught the attention of Enzo Ferrari. The legendary carmaker employed...

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