Bespoke Prime Ministerial style – Churchill, Disraeli & Cameron

July 17, 2013 | Posted in Bespoke Tailoring, Blog | Leave a Comment   (0) | Jasper

 

Churchill

 

 

True Englishmen will always have an affinity with Sir Winston Churchill, our greatest wartime leader and undoubtedly one of our best turned-out prime ministers.

 

Whether in the trenches during the Great War or sitting alongside Roosevelt and Stalin, Churchill was always dressed in the finest that money (and taste) could buy. Photos of Churchill inevitably reveal a striking figure, his clothing always just so – with exquisite Savile Row tailoring, bow ties, John Bull hats and of course his trademark Cuban cigars.

 

Looking even further back, it came as a surprise to discover that Benjamin Disraeli was nick-named Dizzy The Dandy – primarily for his preference for running the country in black velvet suits!

 

Disraeli

 

Politics and bespoke tailoring continue to be close friends. A recent Vanity Fair article voted our current Prime Minister as the World’s best-dressed leader – although looking at the runners-up, Mr Cameron appears to be the only politician with the relevant Savile Row credentials. Even President Obama prefers something off-the-peg… (I really must get in touch!)

 

This article also set me thinking about how Savile Row bespoke suits are perceived by the wider public.

 

There was much discussion prior to the last election over which of our prospective leaders had won the ‘style battle’ during those televised debates. At the time the consensus was that Mr Cameron had got it right for the first of these with a classic choice – bespoke dark navy/black suit, classic crisp white shirt and a sharp royal blue tie. Gordon Brown meanwhile did not fare so well, swallowed in an, allegedly bespoke, dark suit at least a size too large, a drab shirt and a pink tie that was not really him at all…

 

Camerooney

 

Interestingly the same commentator also pointed out that Mr Cameron’s suit could have been tailored to fit more neatly, but was perhaps left a little loose deliberately. Would being too tailored have left him looking a little ‘inaccessible’ to the voting public at large?

My own view on this slightly contentious question coincides with that of Oscar Wilde, who famously maintained that “you can never be overdressed or overeducated.” I suspect that Sir Winston would concur.

Images
Churchill – Image copyright: Imperial War Museum
Cameron – Image copyright: Steve Back/Rex/Rex USA.

 

The Art of the Summer suit

July 17, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Suits | Leave a Comment   (0) | Jasper

 

 

Now that we have caught our breath after Wimbledon and are already reveling in another glorious Ashes series, you may well be considering suits suitable for The Great British Summer.

This fickle season has already left many of us perspiring in suits too heavy for the warmer days we have experienced of late, so what constitutes the perfect summer suit?

If the suit fits properly – a given with Jasper Littman – you will feel much cooler and better able to move. Single-breasted one or two button suits are ideal for both work and smart events during the season.

But the key to a summer suit is choosing a fabric that ‘breathes’. Whilst it is tempting to look at cottons & linens, the level of creasing and lack of durability may well be too great a price to pay. Instead we would recommend mohair & wool blends – perfect for summer as they are so much cooler to wear.

For those who travel, the real beauty of Mohair blends are that they will also help your suit to retain its shape and remain crisp. You can find more detail about these summer suit Mohair blends in a blog post from last year.

Choosing a lightweight lining will make a considerable difference, whilst we can also accommodate a half suit lining, or for fully bespoke suits, even no lining at all. We will naturally avoid excessive canvas and haircloth in the construction, making the suit feel both lighter and cooler.

Lighter colours than you would usually choose for Autumn/Winter will immediately make you feel that you are wearing a cooler suit. Greys and petrol blues are always smart colours for the season, whilst creams and stone colours are perfect for more relaxed social events – but do keep in mind that they will not look so good when you are caught in the inevitable summer downpour!

Please make sure that once you have worn your suit it is aired properly before putting it away, as a damp suit will quickly lose its shape. Dry-cleaning too often will also seriously reduce the life of your suit, so try to build up a selection of summer outfits that you can rotate.

Finally, do remember that bespoke suits in particular do take time to make – so if you want something special for that event in late-August, best talk to us now!

For more information or to book an appointment please call us on 08456 121 220 (24 hours).

 

 

 

Winter Themed Wedding Tips for the Groom’s Party

November 11, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Groom suits | Leave a Comment   (0) | Jasper

 

 

All too often every aspect of wedding planning is left to the bride, from the flowers and table decorations to the groom’s outfit. But a winter themed wedding is the perfect opportunity for grooms to express themselves, inject some of their personality into the proceedings and get involved.

If you’re planning a winter theme for your nuptials then make sure your wedding wear stands out from the crowd with these winter wedding suit ideas.

White Tie

A winter themed wedding is usually about creating a magical, festive effect with white and a few accent colours. For a timeless and classic look choose full evening wear with a white tie, tailcoat and top hat. If your big day is set to be a storm of snowflakes and fairly lights then this ageless attire will fit in perfectly. You can add white gloves and a cane to really go the whole hog.

Tartan

Winter and tartan go hand in hand, so if you want to create a stand out look for you and your groomsmen then why not choose tartan suits? You can find tartan suits off the peg but to get exactly what you want, choose bespoke. It’s even possible to track down the tartan of your own clan and make the suit even more personal. If you’re worried about the cost, get your own suit made by a professional tailor and choose suits off the peg in a matching colour for your groomsmen.

Bright and Bold

Bold accent colours like rich red or frosty turquoise can look fantastic at a winter themed wedding. Match your suit to the accent colour and make a splash in bold brights. Groomsmen’s suits in a vibrant shade will let all your guests know who is in the wedding party and add a touch of cheer to what could otherwise be a boring and bland scheme. If your suit is a stand out colour then choose a classic cut to avoid comparisons to Simon Le Bon circa 1983.

Go Retro

With Christmas and New Year looming, winter weddings are all about fun and there’s no reason why a little of that shouldn’t be injected into what you wear. Lots of brides these days are choosing vintage or vintage style wedding dresses, so find out which era your bride’s outfit emulates and choose a suit to match.

An elegant 1920’s or thirties style gown will work wonderfully with a wide lapelled and slouchy suit in the Great Gatsby style, especially in a light and bright colour like powder blue or rich cream – but don’t forget the two toned shoes.

Choose a sharp suit, fitted shirt and slim fit tie for a 1950’s ‘Ratpack’ style that will look perfect with a vintage gown from the same era. Take things one step further by choosing a shiny snakeskin fabric that will add a touch more opulence to your outfit and finish the look with a classic fedora .