Musella Dembech: Growth at the ‘soft Milanese...

October 2nd 2017

It doesn’t feel like over three years since I covered Musella Dembech, but apparently it is. Of course, there was the Young Tailors Symposium in the middle of that, which featured Gianfrancesco Musella (above), bu...

Musella Dembech: Growth at the ‘soft Milanese...

It doesn’t feel like over three years since I covered Musella Dembech, but apparently it is. Of course, there was the Young Tailors Symposium in the middle of that, which featured Gianfrancesco Musella (above), bu...

Finding a tailor - TailoringOctober 2nd 2017

Sartoria Formosa – bespoke-made RTW and MTM t...

September 25th 2017

Sartoria Formosa - led by Gennaro, above - is similar in some ways to the likes of Dalcuore or Ambrosi, in that it is a traditionally bespoke Naples house that has expanded into ready-to-wear in recent years. Five years...

Sartoria Formosa – bespoke-made RTW and MTM t...

Sartoria Formosa - led by Gennaro, above - is similar in some ways to the likes of Dalcuore or Ambrosi, in that it is a traditionally bespoke Naples house that has expanded into ready-to-wear in recent years. Five years...

Finding a tailor - JacketsSeptember 25th 2017

Ettore de Cesare – Neapolitan summer blazer a...

June 30th 2017

In some ways, this navy jacket and topcoat from Ettore de Cesare are the antithesis of the Disguisery tweed jacket we featured last week. Ettore is a third-generation Neapolitan tailor known for his close-fitting, unst...

Ettore de Cesare – Neapolitan summer blazer a...

In some ways, this navy jacket and topcoat from Ettore de Cesare are the antithesis of the Disguisery tweed jacket we featured last week. Ettore is a third-generation Neapolitan tailor known for his close-fitting, unst...

Finding a tailor - JacketsJune 30th 2017

Satoki Kawai of Sartoria Cresent: bespoke tailor, M...

February 17th 2017

Creare - to create Sentire - to feel For Japanese tailor Satoki Kawai, these are the two most important things about making a piece of clothing - and are the reason his tailoring house combines the two in its portmante...

Satoki Kawai of Sartoria Cresent: bespoke tailor, M...

Creare - to create Sentire - to feel For Japanese tailor Satoki Kawai, these are the two most important things about making a piece of clothing - and are the reason his tailoring house combines the two in its portmante...

Finding a tailor - TailoringFebruary 17th 2017

Signor Francesco: bespoke tailor, Toronto

February 8th 2017

I have visited LeatherFoot in Toronto, Canada twice in the past year, and each time the aspect I have liked most is the on-site tailoring workshop. So few shops have crafts on-site, even though it gives them a direct co...

Signor Francesco: bespoke tailor, Toronto

I have visited LeatherFoot in Toronto, Canada twice in the past year, and each time the aspect I have liked most is the on-site tailoring workshop. So few shops have crafts on-site, even though it gives them a direct co...

Finding a tailor - TailoringFebruary 8th 2017

Corduroy suit from Sartoria Pirozzi, Naples

January 30th 2017

This is the corduroy suit I featured the fitting of last October - at the E. Marinella store in London. Although labelled as Marinella, it was made by Nunzio Pirozzi - a Neapolitan tailor with a wonderful moustache and...

Corduroy suit from Sartoria Pirozzi, Naples

This is the corduroy suit I featured the fitting of last October - at the E. Marinella store in London. Although labelled as Marinella, it was made by Nunzio Pirozzi - a Neapolitan tailor with a wonderful moustache and...

Finding a tailor - SuitsJanuary 30th 2017

Building a wardrobe: Neapolitan tailoring

January 6th 2017

In recent months a few readers have asked for a breakdown of how I built my wardrobe - my plans, my process and my lessons learned. Doing so across all types of garment and even styles would produce a very long, unwield...

Building a wardrobe: Neapolitan tailoring

In recent months a few readers have asked for a breakdown of how I built my wardrobe - my plans, my process and my lessons learned. Doing so across all types of garment and even styles would produce a very long, unwield...

Finding a tailor - TailoringJanuary 6th 2017

Japanese tailors: Anglofilo, Sartoria Domenica, Vic...

October 19th 2016

The Japanese tailoring tradition is relatively short. After all, until the Meiji Restoration in 1868, almost no western-style tailoring was worn in the country. The Restoration made western dress required for courtiers ...

Japanese tailors: Anglofilo, Sartoria Domenica, Vic...

The Japanese tailoring tradition is relatively short. After all, until the Meiji Restoration in 1868, almost no western-style tailoring was worn in the country. The Restoration made western dress required for courtiers ...

Finding a tailor - JacketsOctober 19th 2016

Sartoria Pirozzi at E Marinella, and the ‘thr...

October 3rd 2016

The amount of good soft-tailoring in London seems to increase by the month. And not just because people decide to start travelling: sometimes I just miss them. Nunzio Pirozzi has been travelling to the E Marinella store...

Sartoria Pirozzi at E Marinella, and the ‘thr...

The amount of good soft-tailoring in London seems to increase by the month. And not just because people decide to start travelling: sometimes I just miss them. Nunzio Pirozzi has been travelling to the E Marinella store...

Cloth - Finding a tailorOctober 3rd 2016

How to talk to a tailor

September 12th 2016

I get nervous talking to tailors. Not to stumble or stutter, but there will always be a point where I want to bring something up, and hesitate. Being in tailor's is intimidating, whether on Savile Row or not. In fact mo...

How to talk to a tailor

I get nervous talking to tailors. Not to stumble or stutter, but there will always be a point where I want to bring something up, and hesitate. Being in tailor's is intimidating, whether on Savile Row or not. In fact mo...

Finding a tailor - TailoringSeptember 12th 2016

A very modern cut: Kotaro Miyahira of Sartoria Corc...

August 26th 2016

One young tailor I’ve been meaning to cover for a while is Kotaro Miyahira of Sartoria Corcos, in Florence. Kotaro is not taking on new clients at the moment, having just had his first child and not wanting to exp...

A very modern cut: Kotaro Miyahira of Sartoria Corc...

One young tailor I’ve been meaning to cover for a while is Kotaro Miyahira of Sartoria Corcos, in Florence. Kotaro is not taking on new clients at the moment, having just had his first child and not wanting to exp...

Finding a tailor - TailoringAugust 26th 2016

Manning & Manning suit – with an Italian...

August 5th 2016

The Italian Background: an awkward but persistently useful phrase I coined back in 2008 to describe the tendency of Italians to wear blue shirts and navy ties under strongly coloured suits. Rather than the English alter...

Manning & Manning suit – with an Italian...

The Italian Background: an awkward but persistently useful phrase I coined back in 2008 to describe the tendency of Italians to wear blue shirts and navy ties under strongly coloured suits. Rather than the English alter...

Finding a tailor - Shirts and tiesAugust 5th 2016

How to work with travelling tailors: Reader question

September 24th 2014

  Dear Simon, My name is Lukas. I’ve been an avid permanent style reader for several years and absolutely love your articles. For about four years, I have been altering RTW blazers, trousers and suits. On tw...

How to work with travelling tailors: Reader question

  Dear Simon, My name is Lukas. I’ve been an avid permanent style reader for several years and absolutely love your articles. For about four years, I have been altering RTW blazers, trousers and suits. On tw...

Finding a tailor - TailoringSeptember 24th 2014

Sartorial column in How to Spend It

January 3rd 2013

I’ve recently begun a column for How to Spend It, the luxury supplement to the Financial Times. The first post, on Neapolitan tailoring, can be seen here. Photo: Luke Carby...

Sartorial column in How to Spend It

I’ve recently begun a column for How to Spend It, the luxury supplement to the Financial Times. The first post, on Neapolitan tailoring, can be seen here. Photo: Luke Carby...

Finding a tailor - TailoringJanuary 3rd 2013

Reader question: first bespoke, in Hong Kong

March 28th 2012

WW Chan jacket, courtesy of The Armoury Hi Simon, As an expat Brit living in Hong Kong, I like to think have a keen eye for style and fashion but surprisingly had never thought about going bespoke until I got married las...

Reader question: first bespoke, in Hong Kong

WW Chan jacket, courtesy of The Armoury Hi Simon, As an expat Brit living in Hong Kong, I like to think have a keen eye for style and fashion but surprisingly had never thought about going bespoke until I got married las...

Finding a tailor - Reader questionsMarch 28th 2012

How bespoke tailors work

March 7th 2012

Henry Poole cutter Craig Featherstone marks out my Prince-of-Wales suit Last week a reader asked me who the various people were in a bespoke tailoring house, and it occurred to me that this is one area I have never offer...

How bespoke tailors work

Henry Poole cutter Craig Featherstone marks out my Prince-of-Wales suit Last week a reader asked me who the various people were in a bespoke tailoring house, and it occurred to me that this is one area I have never offer...

Finding a tailor - TailoringMarch 7th 2012

Why you buy bespoke suits first

September 20th 2009

After four bespoke suits made in Hong Kong over the past few years, and now embarking on my second British bespoke suit, I find it hard to see how I could ever stop getting a particular thrill out of it. But it will be a...

Why you buy bespoke suits first

After four bespoke suits made in Hong Kong over the past few years, and now embarking on my second British bespoke suit, I find it hard to see how I could ever stop getting a particular thrill out of it. But it will be a...

Finding a tailor - SuitsSeptember 20th 2009

Reader question: Taking pictures to the tailors

August 26th 2009

Amrit: Simon, I am new to your blog but have read your experiences with your Hong Kong tailor with great interest. I really like the double-breated suit by E Tautz in a recent post as well and was wondering to what exten...

Reader question: Taking pictures to the tailors

Amrit: Simon, I am new to your blog but have read your experiences with your Hong Kong tailor with great interest. I really like the double-breated suit by E Tautz in a recent post as well and was wondering to what exten...

Finding a tailor - Reader questionsAugust 26th 2009

Ignore GQ and cold-beer tailors

May 13th 2009

This month’s GQ features an unfortunate example of how not to have a suit made in Hong Kong. The column in the Talk section features a description of a flying visit to the (in)famous Sam’s Tailor. Sam is famo...

Ignore GQ and cold-beer tailors

This month’s GQ features an unfortunate example of how not to have a suit made in Hong Kong. The column in the Talk section features a description of a flying visit to the (in)famous Sam’s Tailor. Sam is famo...

Finding a tailor - TailoringMay 13th 2009

Tips for Steve’s first visit to the tailor

March 8th 2009

A colleague of mine in Hong Kong recently asked to come along when I visited my tailor, Edward Tam. Steve has only just moved to Hong Kong and was interested in a recommendation as well as learning about how the bespoke ...

Tips for Steve’s first visit to the tailor

A colleague of mine in Hong Kong recently asked to come along when I visited my tailor, Edward Tam. Steve has only just moved to Hong Kong and was interested in a recommendation as well as learning about how the bespoke ...

Finding a tailor - Reader questionsMarch 8th 2009

More browsing in tailors

August 6th 2008

I made a promise to myself after I had my last suit made in Hong Kong that I would never buy another suit off the peg. It fit so much better, was so perfect, that every suit or jacket since has felt awkward. But it does ...

More browsing in tailors

I made a promise to myself after I had my last suit made in Hong Kong that I would never buy another suit off the peg. It fit so much better, was so perfect, that every suit or jacket since has felt awkward. But it does ...

Finding a tailor - TailoringAugust 6th 2008

Reader question: Going to the tailor

April 23rd 2008

Pete, Hong Kong: I’m going to a tailor here to have two suits made. They will effectively be my first suits as my existing one is so old, and they will primarily be for business. What should I consider before I go,...

Reader question: Going to the tailor

Pete, Hong Kong: I’m going to a tailor here to have two suits made. They will effectively be my first suits as my existing one is so old, and they will primarily be for business. What should I consider before I go,...

Finding a tailor - Reader questionsApril 23rd 2008