A DIFFERENT OVERCOAT FOR A DIFFERENT LOOK
An overcoat is what we all crave at this time of year, and if you've been saavy enough to plan ahead, you will now be enjoying the fruits of your planning and have a new coat for the coming months.
It's true that we make a large number of classic coats, single or double breasted, in either a a blue or a grey. It might be 100% wool or cashmere, or be a 50/50 split between the two.
However, not only do we do the classics, but we've had a good number of people looking and ordering a coat that while smart, can also be a little more casual. W.Bill is my favourite port of call for such a thing. They have lovely tweed bunches along with the Hartwist bunch from Harrisons which have some great designs, just for that purpose.
A favourite of mine is the grey barleycorn tweed from W. Bill that you can see below. It can be smart and casual, and is a substantial overcoat at 20 oz. Below are the two shades available. It goes without staying that there are a host a ways to cut it. Perhaps for a change you'd prefer a short coat, a pea coat or even a polo coat?
Placing an order now would lead to a delivery of late February/March, so there's just time to give it a wear this winter!
THE TROUSER DEPARTMENT – APPRENTICE NEEDED
Here in London the front door bell in the shop has felt like it hasn’t had a break since last Christmas. The year has flown by and we continue to be grateful to all our customers, established and new, for their trust and loyalty in what we do and make.
In addition to our work in London, we are delighted to say we have had two more successful trips to the United States, one in May and the other in October.
We have a specialist trouser department led by Head Cutter John Malone with Oliver Spencer cutting alongside him. Oliver started as an under-cutter in 2008 and, thanks to the steerage of John Malone, has become a highly respected Cutter in his own right. He now has his own customers, and has not only been cutting for a number of the London Collections: Men for Anderson and Sheppard, but has also been consulting on the ready to wear trouser collection for our Clifford Street Haberdashery.
With ever expanding demand, we are looking to expand the department and are ready to recruit an additional member of the team. If you are a young, diligent, enthusiastic and committed about becoming a Trouser Cutter we would be delighted to hear from you.
Please send your CV and covering letter to:
Mr. John Malone, 32 Old Burlington Street, London, W1S 3AT
HOW TO PACK A SUIT
If you don’t want creases then the simple truth is don’t pack them and carry them in a suit carrier. Keep them on a hanger and unfolded. However if they are destined for the suitcase, pack them like this:
Firstly, fold the suit jacket completely inside out so that all the lining in showing and even the shoulders have been popped inside out.
Secondly, fold the jacket in half down the centre back seam.
Finally, fold the jacket again from the collar to the tail.
Press them then roll them. Once you have a crease pressed down the front of them, tightly roll the legs up from the bottoms to the top.
Unpacking your suit:
As soon as you are able to, unpack your case. Remove your suit and hang it on a hanger. If you reach the hotel and have a shower on arrival, then place the jacket and trousers on separate hangers and put them in the bathroom. The room will be hot and damp which will help the cloth hang out.
THE POCKET HANDKERCHIEF
Handkerchief, hanky, pockets square - there are a number of names we use to describe them. But before the term 'handkerchief' was adopted, it was more common place for it to be referred to a 'kerchief.' This term came from two French words: couvrir
, which means 'to cover' and chef
, which means 'head.'
While their original use was to cover the head, in the time of ancient Greece and Rome, handkerchiefs were by then used in the same way they are today.
People in Europe began to carry kerchiefs in their pockets to wipe their forehead or their nose. To distinguish this kind of kerchief from the one used to cover the head, the word hand was added to kerchief.
In recent years their use has become far more prominent. It's often said you should have 'One for show, and one to blow'. With this in mind, at both the Bespoke shop and the Haberdashery we have a handkerchief for every occasion - made from silk and linen to cotton and cashmere.