As a quick teaser during our US-themed week, above is my suit from Chittleborough & Morgan at the basted stage. The broad, peaked lapels and strong shoulders are immediately obvious, but during the fitting the most interesting points were the pinched-in waistcoat and pleated trousers, neither of which I’m used to. More in a couple of weeks after the second fitting. Background on the project here.

And below, a house coat being worked on at C&M. In a heavy wool, it will be unadorned and fully canvassed. I can see it being extremely elegant when strolling about the house. But perhaps difficult when you sit down?