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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 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
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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