What does a bespoke tailor wear to his own wedding? Part 2
My journey began in Primrose Hill, at the beautiful house of one of London’s true modern dandies – Guy Hills. Guy runs a very unique cloth company – Dashing Tweeds. The house is a true reflection of the brand – the lounge was adorned with beautiful furniture upholstered in his cloths and downstairs was a recently built penny farthing bicycle, next to a cardboard box full of ‘Dashing Tweeds’ hand-made flat caps and customized Converse All Stars. Next to that: rolls and rolls of the most innovative and creative cloth designs I had ever seen. One particular cloth stood out to me, and I had made up my mind before I left the house.
I was looking for something truly unique but not overtly showy (I didn’t want to upstage the bride after all!) – and I was sure that I’d found it. Needless to say King & Allen now stock Dashing Tweeds cloths – please mention when you book that you’d like to see them and we will have the swatches brought to your appointment.
Having chosen the cloth it was time to order the suit, which I did at our Surbiton showroom.
As with the ushers’ suits, the jacket and trouser design was very classic, but it was the waistcoats that really had flare.
I had researched this at great length and I am confident that the waistcoat was an entirely unique design, and had never been created before. For although it was a scoop-neck, the waistcoat also had a shawl lapel.
Most tailors will tell you that this is impossible (how can you fold a crease that isn’t straight?) but our team came up with a very clever solution, and the result was a magnificent garment that I will treasure forever.
Finally, to compliment the look I wore an Edwardian style round collared shirt in a sea island cotton and one of our tailors was kind enough to make me a tie from a piece of the cloth used to make the bridesmaid dresses. This cloth matched my lining perfectly, so rather than having to search for a pocket square all I had to do was simply full the specially designed lining from my welt pocket (this is a feature of all King & Allen suits).
To compliment mine I had exactly the same suit made for my best man – in the same pattern but in a different colour. His suit was red and burgundy which perfectly reflected the burgundy running through the ushers suits.
I am delighted to say that unbeknownst to me (until afterwards) the wedding style was used in a recent article in MenStyleFashion.com about how to wear burgundy.
The Colour palette in summary:
• The bride wore ivory.
• The bridesmaids wore teal.
• The Groom: dark grey and teal check; Teal lining; Teal Tie; Teal Pocket square.
• The Best Man: dark grey and burgundy check; Burgundy lining; Burghundy Tie; Burghundy Pocket Square.
• The Ushers: light grey price of wales with a subtle burgundy over-check; Burgundy lining; Burgundy Tie; Burgundy pocket square.
• 3 piece suit in full canvas COM = £779
• 3.5 metres of Dashing Tweeds cloth @ £90 a meter = £315
• Shirt in sea island cotton = £130
• Tie – A gift from King & Allen
• Pocket watch – £6 (from a market)
An increasing number of companies are adopting a less formal office dress code these days, with fewer businesses expecting their male employees to show up in a suit and tie. Instead, the new watchword is ‘smart-casual’. But where does that leave the suit lover?Style Tips & Advice Business Style
The term ‘pinstripe’ refers to the very thin, parallel lines that run through a cloth, contrasting with the main colour. Taken at face value, it would seem to be a fairly bland description of a simple fabric pattern. But the history of the pinstripe suit is anything from bland and, indeed, the suit itself has a host of connotations attached to it.Style Tips & Advice Style History
The new Peaky Blinders series is back with a bang and we’re not just talking about the storylines. As ever, Tommy and his crew look as sharp as the razor blades the real-life Peaky Blinder gang were rumoured to stitch into the peak of their flat caps.Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style Style History