Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 1

Read MoreMar 11th 2011

This is the first post in what will be a series on having a double-breasted suit made at Henry Poole, in Prince of Wales cloth, as in Edward VII, but with the Duke of Windsor’s addition, originally from the Seafield estate, with the exclusive Henry...

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 1

This is the first post in what will be a series on having a double-breasted suit made at Henry Poole, in Prince of Wales cloth, as in Edward VII, but with the Duke of Windsor’s addition, originally from the Seafield estate, with the exclusive Henry...

Mar 11th 2011

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 5

Read MoreApr 8th 2011

First fitting this week on the Prince of Wales double-breasted suit being made at Henry Poole - in the Poole house check with characteristic burgundy overcheck. Craig Featherstone, who cut the suit, is joined here for the fitting by master cutter Ale...

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 5

First fitting this week on the Prince of Wales double-breasted suit being made at Henry Poole - in the Poole house check with characteristic burgundy overcheck. Craig Featherstone, who cut the suit, is joined here for the fitting by master cutter Ale...

Apr 8th 2011

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 9

Read MoreMay 30th 2011

The final part this, in the series on having a Prince of Wales suit made at Henry Poole. In the end we went with a 4x4 finish on the front, with grey buttons instead of brown. I decided 2x2 would be a little too flashy, but am experimenting with the ...

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 9

The final part this, in the series on having a Prince of Wales suit made at Henry Poole. In the end we went with a 4x4 finish on the front, with grey buttons instead of brown. I decided 2x2 would be a little too flashy, but am experimenting with the ...

May 30th 2011

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 6

Read MoreApr 15th 2011

An awful lot of handwork goes into a pair of trousers at Henry Poole. Here we see a few examples of that work, with a particular focus on attaching the curtain – the strip of cloth that runs around the inside of the waistband. Before we get to the ...

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 6

An awful lot of handwork goes into a pair of trousers at Henry Poole. Here we see a few examples of that work, with a particular focus on attaching the curtain – the strip of cloth that runs around the inside of the waistband. Before we get to the ...

Apr 15th 2011

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 2

Read MoreMar 18th 2011

The second post in the Henry Poole series, this illustrates the measuring being done by cutter Craig Featherstone – with Simon Cundey taking notes. (Previous post on the cloth is here.)Craig is refreshingly honest with his references to the various...

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 2

The second post in the Henry Poole series, this illustrates the measuring being done by cutter Craig Featherstone – with Simon Cundey taking notes. (Previous post on the cloth is here.)Craig is refreshingly honest with his references to the various...

Mar 18th 2011

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 7

Read MoreApr 22nd 2011

This week was the second, forward fitting for this Henry Poole suit. The shape at the back is much improved since Craig and Alex ripped it apart last time – a nice compromise between hiding the shape of my back and highlighting my seat with too scu...

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 7

This week was the second, forward fitting for this Henry Poole suit. The shape at the back is much improved since Craig and Alex ripped it apart last time – a nice compromise between hiding the shape of my back and highlighting my seat with too scu...

Apr 22nd 2011

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 3

Read MoreMar 25th 2011

The next stage in my Henry Poole double-breasted suit is the cutting (previous post, measuring, here), being done here by cutter Craig Featherstone. Henry Poole characterises itself as a house that tries to achieve ‘balance’ in the cut of a jacke...

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 3

The next stage in my Henry Poole double-breasted suit is the cutting (previous post, measuring, here), being done here by cutter Craig Featherstone. Henry Poole characterises itself as a house that tries to achieve ‘balance’ in the cut of a jacke...

Mar 25th 2011

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 4

Read MoreApr 1st 2011

 This, the fourth part of the series looking at the making of a Henry Poole suit, examines the padding of a chest. It is being done here by apprentice James under the watchful eye of John Dryer.First, James takes the three parts of the canvassing (c...

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 4

 This, the fourth part of the series looking at the making of a Henry Poole suit, examines the padding of a chest. It is being done here by apprentice James under the watchful eye of John Dryer.First, James takes the three parts of the canvassing (c...

Apr 1st 2011

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 8

Read MoreMay 6th 2011

A second forward fitting on the Henry Poole double-breasted last week, with Craig hoping that this would be ready to finish off and deliver. A few last tweaks were required, however. The chest still needed more clearing under the right arm, a problem...

Prince of Wales at Henry Poole: Part 8

A second forward fitting on the Henry Poole double-breasted last week, with Craig hoping that this would be ready to finish off and deliver. A few last tweaks were required, however. The chest still needed more clearing under the right arm, a problem...

May 6th 2011

Henry Poole and Aston Martin – innovative pockets

Read MoreSep 16th 2011

The inside pockets of a jacket can be fairly dull. I went through a phase of having the inbreast pockets made to perfectly fit my wallet (which is rather long) and my iPhone (which is rather narrow and short). But I never seemed to put the right one ...

Henry Poole and Aston Martin – innovative pockets

The inside pockets of a jacket can be fairly dull. I went through a phase of having the inbreast pockets made to perfectly fit my wallet (which is rather long) and my iPhone (which is rather narrow and short). But I never seemed to put the right one ...

Sep 16th 2011

The best cloths of Spring/Summer 2020 - featuring Anglo-Italian

Read MoreMar 16th 2020

The headline news in this season’s round-up is the launch of Anglo-Italian cloth.  That’s right, the shop that does MTM tailoring is also selling cloth that customers can take elsewhere to have made.  The move was spurred, according to Jake [Gr...

The best cloths of Spring/Summer 2020 - featuring Anglo-Italian

The headline news in this season’s round-up is the launch of Anglo-Italian cloth.  That’s right, the shop that does MTM tailoring is also selling cloth that customers can take elsewhere to have made.  The move was spurred, according to Jake [Gr...

Mar 16th 2020

Livery at Henry Poole

Read MoreJan 26th 2011

The way Keith tells it, in the late eighties the Royal Household had a decision to make. The livery of the Household and Royal Mews was in pretty poor shape. It had largely been made in 1902 (for the coronation of Edward VII), some had been remade in...

Livery at Henry Poole

The way Keith tells it, in the late eighties the Royal Household had a decision to make. The livery of the Household and Royal Mews was in pretty poor shape. It had largely been made in 1902 (for the coronation of Edward VII), some had been remade in...

Jan 26th 2011

The (55) bespoke tailors I have known

Read MoreJun 3rd 2020

This post was originally written in 2012: a breakdown of all the tailors I have tried personally (rather than just written about), split into different countries. It was updated in 2016, and I have updated it again now in 2020, adding a further 1...

The (55) bespoke tailors I have known

This post was originally written in 2012: a breakdown of all the tailors I have tried personally (rather than just written about), split into different countries. It was updated in 2016, and I have updated it again now in 2020, adding a further 1...

Jun 3rd 2020

Henry Poole double-breasted suit: Style Breakdown

Read MoreJun 8th 2018

  A nice thing about our Finest Tailors series is that, as we add more tailors to it, each becomes a reference for the next, making comparisons easier. This Henry Poole suit, then, makes an interesting comparison to the Richard Ande...

Henry Poole double-breasted suit: Style Breakdown

  A nice thing about our Finest Tailors series is that, as we add more tailors to it, each becomes a reference for the next, making comparisons easier. This Henry Poole suit, then, makes an interesting comparison to the Richard Ande...

Jun 8th 2018

The styles of overcoat (and how to design one)

Read MoreNov 6th 2020

Anyone interested in buying or commissioning a new coat will be thinking about styles right now - what they are, what they’re called, what their relative advantages are.  In this piece I’m going to set out the basic options, and my brief opinion...

The styles of overcoat (and how to design one)

Anyone interested in buying or commissioning a new coat will be thinking about styles right now - what they are, what they’re called, what their relative advantages are.  In this piece I’m going to set out the basic options, and my brief opinion...

Nov 6th 2020

The state of British manufacturing: A debate at Private White

Read MoreMar 29th 2017

Two weeks ago, I chaired a discussion in the Private White VC shop in Mayfair around the topic of British manufacturing.It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable such talks I’ve ever done. The speakers were great, with both young and old; style...

The state of British manufacturing: A debate at Private White

Two weeks ago, I chaired a discussion in the Private White VC shop in Mayfair around the topic of British manufacturing.It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable such talks I’ve ever done. The speakers were great, with both young and old; style...

Mar 29th 2017

The satisfaction of darning a sweater

Read MoreOct 26th 2011

I was horrified to discover at the weekend that one of my Loro Piana Roadster sweaters had a moth hole in. Two, in fact. Despite the various moth products and regular airing. The experience, however, had an upside. I believe in buying high-quality pr...

The satisfaction of darning a sweater

I was horrified to discover at the weekend that one of my Loro Piana Roadster sweaters had a moth hole in. Two, in fact. Despite the various moth products and regular airing. The experience, however, had an upside. I believe in buying high-quality pr...

Oct 26th 2011

James Weir: Style and the tailor

Read MoreFeb 25th 2013

I first met James two years ago while following the making of my DB Prince of Wales suit at Henry Poole. (You can see that full series here.) As with most the Row’s apprentices, he has a passion for clothing that extends far beyond his day-to-day w...

James Weir: Style and the tailor

I first met James two years ago while following the making of my DB Prince of Wales suit at Henry Poole. (You can see that full series here.) As with most the Row’s apprentices, he has a passion for clothing that extends far beyond his day-to-day w...

Feb 25th 2013

How bespoke tailors work

Read MoreMar 7th 2012

Henry Poole cutter Craig Featherstone marks out my Prince-of-Wales suitLast 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 offered a guide to. So here goes.The...

How bespoke tailors work

Henry Poole cutter Craig Featherstone marks out my Prince-of-Wales suitLast 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 offered a guide to. So here goes.The...

Mar 7th 2012

Suit style 3: The double breasted

Read MoreJun 27th 2016

This is the fourth article in our Guide to Suit Style. You can see the full contents so far, and browse between them, on the right-hand side of this post. Bespoke double-breasted jacket by Dege & Skinner Perceptions of the d...

Suit style 3: The double breasted

This is the fourth article in our Guide to Suit Style. You can see the full contents so far, and browse between them, on the right-hand side of this post. Bespoke double-breasted jacket by Dege & Skinner Perceptions of the d...

Jun 27th 2016

Video: Comfort vs style in the fit of a suit

Read MoreApr 24th 2020

Here is the final video in our series on how a jacket should fit. The first looked at the basics of fit, while the second was on the length of a suit jacket. In this third one, we look at how much the fit of a suit is a matter of comfort. So arguing ...

Video: Comfort vs style in the fit of a suit

Here is the final video in our series on how a jacket should fit. The first looked at the basics of fit, while the second was on the length of a suit jacket. In this third one, we look at how much the fit of a suit is a matter of comfort. So arguing ...

Apr 24th 2020

Tatsuya Nakamura and Tomoyoshi Takada of Beams - and Ivy Style

Read MoreJul 5th 2019

Japanese fashion drives so much of classic style that we barely see in the West. Italian brands can be huge in Japan, yet barely be covered here. Partly as a result, Japanese buyers are some of the most knowledgeable in the world. They are usually be...

Tatsuya Nakamura and Tomoyoshi Takada of Beams - and Ivy Style

Japanese fashion drives so much of classic style that we barely see in the West. Italian brands can be huge in Japan, yet barely be covered here. Partly as a result, Japanese buyers are some of the most knowledgeable in the world. They are usually be...

Jul 5th 2019

Sartoria Panico - a last great of Neapolitan tailoring

Read MoreOct 18th 2017

On the wall of Sartoria Panico in Naples, there is a framed picture of our Tailoring Symposium in 2016. Antonio Panico stands there with other greats of modern bespoke such as Edward Sexton, Antonio Liverano and Lorenzo Cifonelli, basking in the su...

Sartoria Panico - a last great of Neapolitan tailoring

On the wall of Sartoria Panico in Naples, there is a framed picture of our Tailoring Symposium in 2016. Antonio Panico stands there with other greats of modern bespoke such as Edward Sexton, Antonio Liverano and Lorenzo Cifonelli, basking in the su...

Oct 18th 2017

The 'Style Guide' dinner: What is the essence of style?

Read MoreJul 26th 2017

Last month, we organised a dinner at the beautiful Beaumont Hotel to celebrate The Style Guide - the book published earlier this year by myself and photographer Jamie Ferguson. There had been official launch events, and signings, at Fenwick's of Bo...

The 'Style Guide' dinner: What is the essence of style?

Last month, we organised a dinner at the beautiful Beaumont Hotel to celebrate The Style Guide - the book published earlier this year by myself and photographer Jamie Ferguson. There had been official launch events, and signings, at Fenwick's of Bo...

Jul 26th 2017

Video: How long should a jacket be?

Read MoreMar 30th 2020

This is the second in a series of videos in which we're looking at how a jacket should fit. The first one, here, was a summary of the basics on fit. In this second one, we look at the length of a jacket. This is the kind of thing that can seem like a...

Video: How long should a jacket be?

This is the second in a series of videos in which we're looking at how a jacket should fit. The first one, here, was a summary of the basics on fit. In this second one, we look at the length of a jacket. This is the kind of thing that can seem like a...

Mar 30th 2020