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shapes and sizes. There's a common interest

in quality and a strong sense of style to

appreciate with bespoke clothing.'

Suits aren't the only things made to order,

however. Crockett � Jones o• ers a fully

bespoke shoemaking service out of its Paris

store with master shoemaker Dimitri Gomez.

The shoe is built around a last of the client's

foot, using leather from only the world's best

tanneries. Shoes take around six months to

make and cost upwards of €3,000, but they'll

 t like nothing you've worn before.

Gaziano � Girling was founded in 2006,

but it's already carved out an impressive

following. 'Our soles have a sculpted  ddleback

waist', says co-founder Dean Girling,

'which gives the shoe elegance. We felt

that men's shoes were a little boring, so we

wanted to add some œ air.'

Combining this traditional craftsmanship

with modern technology, The Left Shoe

Company in St James's takes a 3D-scan of

your feet, analysing and measuring both feet

from every possible angle to create a highly

accurate 360° digital model.

Over on Mount Street, William � Son has

been taking commissions for  ne jewellery

since 1999. 'The most common bespoke

order is engagement rings,' says head of

jewellery, Clémence Mérat. 'Our customers

like the emotional attachment involved in

bespoke jewellery. It's a luxury to have your

own design made, so you wear it with pride.'

Something else that you can wear with

pride is a unique scent. Floris on

Jermyn Street o• ers a series of

consultations with the boutique's

perfumer over a six-month

period, costing £4,500. That does,

however, include  ve repeat

orders of your fragrance.

From here bespoke production

branches into many realms. Essentially,

you can have anything tailor-made: design

your own belt at Elliot Rhodes in Covent

Garden, craft the ultimate leather backpack

at Piquadro or have luggage designed at

Globe-Trotter. Build your perfect bike from

scratch at Mercian or commission a walk-in

wardrobe at cabinet-makers, Halstock.

Clothing may be where 'bespoke' plants its

feet, but if you want something made just for

you, whatever it is, rest assured you can get

it. No, it doesn't come cheap. But you have

good taste, and you should trust in it. Even

if no one else does.

BESPOKE TAILORING OPENS UP A

WHOLE NEW REALM OF COMFORT,

INDIVIDUALITY, STYLE AND CACHE Clockwise from left: bespoke suits by

Thom Sweeney, a shoemaker in action at

Gaziano � Girling, Floris scent, a navy suit

by Dege � Skinner, Piquadro backpack,

shoes made to measure by Crockett �

Jones, bespoke belts by Elliot Rhodes

LUXURY

SPECIAL

THOM SWEENEY PHOTO BY JAMIE SMITH; GAZIANO ‘ GIRLING

PHOTO BY PETER HAYNES

Suits you, Sir

Get the most from your bespoke suit

1 BE INSPIRED

Who would your style icon be? Browse some

menswear magazines and look at colours, cuts,

patterns, lapel sizes, buttons and cu� styles to

get a handle on the things you like.

2 WHAT'S THE OCCASION?

Will you wear the suit every day or just on

special occasions? Keep daily wear conservative:

a two-button in navy hopsack. To make waves,

go for a bold check three-piece.

3 FIND A HOUSE STYLE YOU LIKE

Not all tailors are the same. Take time choosing

one with a style that suits you - after all you

may be a client for many years.

4 TRUST THE TAILOR

They've been doing it for years, so take note of

their advice. If you're set on a double-breasted

suit, your tailor may suggest a di� erent style.

Go with it, otherwise you'll waste your money.

5 DON'T RUSH IT

A tailor can make a suit in a matter of weeks

- but don't rush if you don't have to. Take as

many � ttings as you can, and don't settle for

something you're not completely happy with.

After all the measuring, picking and choosing,

you want something you'll actually wear.

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