Readers have made the point that my bespoke commissions often seem to be rather outlandish pieces: the Huntsman shooting suit, for example, or the Timothy Everest velvet jacket. Why, at least one has asked, do you not have simple business suits made? The answer is I have but I tend not to write about them, because the others throw up more interesting points – both of construction and taste.

As a point of balance, I show here a navy pinstripe suit I had made at Timothy Everest a while ago. It is a single-breasted, two-button model with a right ticket pocket that overlaps the hip pocket (one of Tim’s signatures). Other than the ticket pocket, it is free from any stylistic flourishes. The gorge is deliberately high and the shape quite sharp at the waist, but the shape elsewhere is quite classic. Fifteen inch hems on the legs; strap-and-buckle adjustors on the trousers; deep purple lining.

The cloth is a nine-ounce merino wool from Loro Piana. Although not the best weight for longevity, it has a lovely handle and has proved wearable on even the hottest days in the City.

This not being one of those days, it is worn with a cashmere/cotton mix shirt from Turnbull & Asser, heavyweight silk tie from Drake’s and linen handkerchief from Simonnot-Godard. While there’s nothing wrong with using the Italian Background combination of navy on blue for the tie and shirt, even with a navy suit, a little variation in the textures, such as the wool-mix tie, adds a touch of interest.

More on the Italian Background here.
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– Wouldn’t hacking pockets be considered affected? (“Other than the ticket pocket, it is free from any stylistic flourishes.”)
– The button stance and jacket length seen quite conservative. More so, it appears, than your other commissions.
I think it very lovely.


Looks a bit rumpled, could do with a bit of a press. Not keen on the shoes. Still overall, a nice safe look.


Delayed thanks for posting this Simon. Good to see the basics. Planning to get a navy pinstripe made up next and wondered if any suggestions for suitable jacket lining – should it be more interesting as a contrast? Oddly enough my tailor suggested 9.5 oz wool might be a touch heavy for warmer summer days. Thanks