Posted on: 30 March 2014 - 9:17pm
Mr Steeds Dry Cleaners, by Royal Appointment

I bet you’re wondering to yourself; “Where does the Queen get her dry cleaning done?”

It’s a good question, and I’m pleased to furnish the answer. He can be found in the unlikely location of Streatham, South West London, and his name is Nigel. For there you will find Mr Steeds Dry Cleaners, by Royal Appointment. But don’t fret if Streatham is a trip too far, they also have a collection and delivery service accessible online....

Posted on: 25 March 2014 - 7:15pm
Doherty Evans & Stott

I was in Manchester a weekend or two ago for a conference, and while exploring the city I happened upon this rather nice independent gentlemen’s outfitters called Doherty Evens & Stott. Located on Bridge Street this retailer offers a beautifully executed range of luxury shirts, suits, jackets, trousers, knits and accessories to their own design and under their own label. In totality they form a perfect core wardrobe of items that are...

Posted on: 23 March 2014 - 7:17pm
Donegal Tweed topcoats

I returned to Nino’s this week for the first fitting of my new suit, update to come. While there I spotted these beautiful coats which are now on sale –down from £695 to £395. Fashioned from 11-12oz Donegal tweed they come in rust, cream and fawn -with green and brown arriving soon.

I have something of an obsession with Donegal cloth at the moment, it also being the cloth for my bespoke suit. A classic cloth originally hailing from...

Posted on: 23 March 2014 - 6:36pm
Michael Caine in Get Carter -Dormeuil Tonik

You’ve probably seen that picture a hundred times –if not more. But do you know what cloth that suit is made from? It’s Dormeuil Tonik, the subject of my last post.

It’s a standing joke amongst my friends that I am in attitude and demeanour a man born in the wrong era. I do little to dispel this notion and freely admit I am what might be termed ‘old school’. What passes for civilisation these days has lost much in manners and mystery...

Posted on: 23 March 2014 - 6:15pm
Dormeuil Tonik cloth in RAF Blue

These beautiful rolls of cloth are Dormeuil Tonik. You might never have heard of this cloth before –I hadn’t until recently. But a little searching on the internet and you’ll soon realise that this particular cloth, from this particular cloth merchant, has quite the following.

There is some dispute amongst the mod and tailoring community...

Posted on: 2 December 2013 - 12:00am
Made in Britain Coeur de Lion Motorbiker Jacket

Richard I, also known as Coeur de Lion (Lion Hearted) was the legendary King of England (1189-1198) most famous for leading the armies of Europe on the third crusades to the Holy Land. Coeur de Lion is also the name of a British menswear clothing brand on a crusade of its own, to provide British made and British designed menswear. Of their wears it was this...

Posted on: 20 November 2013 - 10:57pm
Tailor Franco Santoro sewing a suit jacket in his London work rooms

In part one I introduced you to Nino’s bespoke tailoring service. In this instalment we actually get to meet the craftsman who is going to make my bespoke suit, Franco Santoro -Nino's father.

Franco works from a tiny room on Kingly Street, just behind London department store Liberties. It’s a functional space, a space for...

Posted on: 17 November 2013 - 12:40pm
Archer Adams Taxi Service

Perhaps it stems from his music industry background but there is always a touch of the showman about Archer Adams. There is always something interesting and novel going on down there on Chiltern Street. His newest bit of showbiz razzmatazz for clients is a private taxi service to ferry bespoke and made-to-measure customers to the shop.

He bought the taxi himself and has kitted it out with comfortable pillows and carpets. This might be...

Posted on: 24 September 2013 - 1:48pm
Fifth Avenue Shoe Repairers

Do you know what I class as a good day? It’s one where I discover a gem amongst a sea of dross. It lifts the spirit and restores one’s faith in the world. The discovery of 5th Avenue Shoe Repairers on London's Goodge Street did just that.

Finding a proper, competent cobbler has become the bain of my life in recent times –as has finding a decent...
Posted on: 29 August 2013 - 12:42am
Donegal Tweed cloth swatches from Caccioppoli

It’s appropriate that the first post on the new website should be about a new bespoke suit project from a new bespoke tailor.  

I say new, but I’ve covered Nino Santoro and his wonderful shirts numerous times. However, to date we’ve never touched on his father Franco. Bespoke tailoring is actually the heart of the business and Franco Santoro an extremely accomplished bespoke cutter and jacket maker who has made suits for the likes of...

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