A world of quality, attention to detail and passion for the sartorial arts
Four hundred and fifty years of shared experience and knowledge
A highly personal service, reliant on the relationship between craftsman and customer
Cutter steers customer, drawing upon years of experience
Style, cloth, cut and fit are impeccably tailored to the gentleman’s requirements
The tailor’s process and instinct transforms the cloth into a three dimensional structure
Details must be exact, with the line and balance in harmony
Requiring at least three fittings, the bespoke process is the peak of sartorial precision
An elegant garment that will last a lifetime, often passed from father to son, and son to grandson
A bespoke customer, whether visiting No.1 Savile Row with an introduction or through mere curiosity, is introduced to the cutters in the bespoke room where the foundations are laid for a relationship of trust between cutter and customer which may last for decades.
The customer’s tastes, interests and lifestyle are discussed and a picture of the man and his requirements is formed, with the cut and fit of the garment built around his needs.
Next the cloth is chosen from a selection of thousands, the cutter will gently steer the customer towards something suitable.
The customer’s measurements are taken, as well as notes on build, stance and posture. Later, at his station the cutter sketches the customer’s unique pattern, using expertise and instinct to shape the two- dimensional panels that will combine into a form-fitting garment.
The cloth is cut from this pattern and passed to the tailors; the creators of the suit.
A few weeks later the customer comes in for his first fitting and can see and feel the beginnings of a suit that previously existing only in his imagination.
Exquisite, hand-worked details are added as the suit reaches completion – fine buttonholes, horn buttons, the discreet label that reflects centuries of tailoring tradition. Then a final pressing and the suit is ready for collection.
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BESPOKE SHOE MAKING
Commissioning bespoke shoes is a collaboration between customer and shoemaker. It requires patience for the first pair, which can take up to six months, but the patience is well-rewarded with shoes that are as uniquely stylish as they are comfortable. Further pairs take just 12 weeks.
The process begins with the customer, under the guidance of the shoemaker, choosing a style of shoe or boot to suit their requirements and lifestyle.
Once the style is decided upon, the customer is then guided through the selection of signature details that will make the shoe truly his own; the toe shape, heel height, leathers, linings and finishes.
The customer’s measurements are then translated into lasts, the sculptural wooden shapes on which the shoes are made.
Back at his workbench, the shoemaker designs the chosen style directly onto the customer’s last to perfect proportions. A pattern is made, cut out from the chosen leather, stitched together and stretched over the last.
Now, for the first time, the customer can see his design brought to life.
Only when the customer is happy with the fit are the shoes painstakingly hand sewn at the work bench at No.1Savile Row using pit tanned leather soles and heels. Finished and fitted with bespoke shoe trees, they are then ready for collection.
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