Buying your first suit

We have made thousands of suits for people of all ages shapes and sizes to be worn for business, weddings and every other occasion required. In that time we have gained enough experience to guide each and every one in the right direction on fabric type to choose from the best cut that will suit the custumer and which style and design options they should choose.

Our presentations can take a few minutes for repeat orders when the client knows he wants one like the last but a few subtle changes but for first timers we know they might require a little time.

We always start with the fabric and have bunches of cloths that you can choose from – we use fabrics that are of the very best quality but let me justify this statement. Fabrics made in Huddersfield are generally known as amongst the best in the world. Over the last few years in particular the mills have played to their strengths with the demand increasing smaller amounts of quality fabrics for Tailors who will typically spend far more per metre than many the labels who sell brand before quality.

To further justify this please visit our online pattern service and order some patterns, you do not need to be a tailor to feel the difference our cloths are as good as it gets.

When we meet you and start to understand your requirements and budget we can point you to the right fabric ranges to choose making sure its fit for purpose. My article 50 shades of grey is well worth a read before choosing the colour and design.

The next option is the lining ordering from us you can choose the lining colour and once again we can narrow down the choices with you to make sure your suit is unique and individual whilst retaining its classic roots.

Once we have sorted the fabric we run through the options of cut it is always helpful if you have a suit with you when getting measured because its easier for us to explain fit and style to you when you have an example on. The key is to find what cut you require generally larger older clients prefer easier fitting suits younger slimmer people prefer fitted suits and our challenge is to make the former look as near to the latter whilst retaing an element of comfort. As soon as I meet clients I have usually sized them up and have a pretty good idea of what they are looking for.

Then we run through the options and to make it easy we run through them in an order that is easy to follow starting with the jacket single or double breasted once this decision is made the next choices are offered to create a style – Single Breasted then will it be button one two or three ? The client’s height and latest trends all play a part in creating the style Vents single centre vent a plain back or side vents ? The clients shape might point towards one choice becoming the better option. The pros and cons of each option are explained.

You can download a tailor’s worksheet here to get a preview of the options available.
Finally we measure you up taking into account your size shape and the style you have chosen. The process for us is not selling a suit it is the start of a relationship in which we will make you suits for many years

The process is similar whatever part of the world you are in Hong Kong with its same day service and Savile Row with its several fittings and all alternatives in between. Broken down into a n initial consultation where you select the fabric and design with the tailor or cutter taking a set of measurements. The key most important factor is to know what you are looking for before you start the process otherwise it’s a lucky dip and you are in danger of coming away with something that will disappoint your expectations. It is always hugely beneficial to be recommended to a good tailor by a colleague or friend. Also beware of reviews online unless you know they are genuine.

Starting with the fabric and this usually has a direct link to price and the quality of the suit, how are you supposed to know what you want. Many tailors work from pattern bunches which makes it hard to visualise what the finished suit will look like. At the end of the day each tailor will have his favourites my 50 shades of grey article is well worth a read. Lets presume you have done a little homework and looked at a few suits and not just ones in magazines on models.

One tip is do not be afraid to ask about price and get the tailor to explain the different benefits and qualities and once you have chosen the fabric you then move to the key choice of lining. One of the nice parts of choosing to have a suit made is that you get to pick the lining. My main preferences are not too light in colour mid to darker shades tend to be more practical. Also if you go for a bold coloured lining just be mindful of what coloured shirts and ties you’re going to wear with the suit. Too many colours going on can be fussy.
Once you have chosen the fabric the next step is to discuss the style and cut of the suit.

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