The tailors I have known: Part 2, Italy, France, Spain, HK

Read MoreDec 14th 2012

This post has now been combined with the larger list of UK tailors, to create a single resource.  You can see that full list of Tailors I Have Known here.        

The tailors I have known: Part 2, Italy, France, Spain, HK

This post has now been combined with the larger list of UK tailors, to create a single resource.  You can see that full list of Tailors I Have Known here.        

Dec 14th 2012

The tailors I have known

Read MoreAug 30th 2016

  This post was originally written in 2012, following a request from a reader. It was a breakdown of all the tailors I have tried, split into different countries.  I have endeavoured to update it now, bringing the list and experiences up to date ...

The tailors I have known

  This post was originally written in 2012, following a request from a reader. It was a breakdown of all the tailors I have tried, split into different countries.  I have endeavoured to update it now, bringing the list and experiences up to date ...

Aug 30th 2016

The (21) shirtmakers I have known

Read MoreOct 9th 2019

Three years ago, I wrote a post called ‘The tailors I have known'. The idea was to provide a single reference point for anyone to get a run down on everyone I had tried - and links to more detail.  A reader recently commented that it would be nice...

The (21) shirtmakers I have known

Three years ago, I wrote a post called ‘The tailors I have known'. The idea was to provide a single reference point for anyone to get a run down on everyone I had tried - and links to more detail.  A reader recently commented that it would be nice...

Oct 9th 2019

New York bespoke tailors - Updated

Read MoreJan 29th 2019

This is a fully updated version of our post from January on the bespoke tailors in and around New York. The contributions of readers were extremely helpful, particularly those that had used tailors personally, as this is an area with a lot of misin...

New York bespoke tailors - Updated

This is a fully updated version of our post from January on the bespoke tailors in and around New York. The contributions of readers were extremely helpful, particularly those that had used tailors personally, as this is an area with a lot of misin...

Jan 29th 2019

The bespoke shoemakers I have known

Read MoreOct 20th 2014

 A reader recently asked for my advice on bespoke shoemakers, making me realise I hadn’t done an equivalent to ‘The tailors I have known’ for shoes. This is the first part of the response to his question, summarising experiences so far and lin...

The bespoke shoemakers I have known

 A reader recently asked for my advice on bespoke shoemakers, making me realise I hadn’t done an equivalent to ‘The tailors I have known’ for shoes. This is the first part of the response to his question, summarising experiences so far and lin...

Oct 20th 2014

The Holland & Sherry cloths I have known

Read MoreJun 3rd 2016

At the Young Tailors Symposium in a couple of weeks, we will have one floor of the Stefano Bemer atelier dedicated to my favourite Holland & Sherry cloths. Holland & Sherry have generously supported the event, and I thought the best way to r...

The Holland & Sherry cloths I have known

At the Young Tailors Symposium in a couple of weeks, we will have one floor of the Stefano Bemer atelier dedicated to my favourite Holland & Sherry cloths. Holland & Sherry have generously supported the event, and I thought the best way to r...

Jun 3rd 2016

Reader question: Differences between bespoke tailors

Read MoreFeb 17th 2010

CS, Los Angeles: I have been reading PS for the last few months in an effort to educate myself on various matters of style. First and foremost, I want to thank you for the time and effort you put into your work in this area. I suspect that you have a...

Reader question: Differences between bespoke tailors

CS, Los Angeles: I have been reading PS for the last few months in an effort to educate myself on various matters of style. First and foremost, I want to thank you for the time and effort you put into your work in this area. I suspect that you have a...

Feb 17th 2010

Ignore GQ and cold-beer tailors

Read MoreMay 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 famous for having walls decorated with fam...

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 famous for having walls decorated with fam...

May 13th 2009

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

Japanese tailors: Anglofilo, Sartoria Domenica, Vick Tailor and Pecora Ginza

Read MoreOct 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 and bureaucrats, and increasingl...

Japanese tailors: Anglofilo, Sartoria Domenica, Vick Tailor and Pecora Ginza

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 and bureaucrats, and increasingl...

Oct 19th 2016

Going tieless; Hemingway Tailors suit

Read MoreSep 21st 2011

Without a tie, men lose the biggest opportunity to express themselves easily in colour and pattern. But I don’t like wearing a tie every day either. The key if you’re not going to wear a tie is to add accents elsewhere, such as in a pocket handke...

Going tieless; Hemingway Tailors suit

Without a tie, men lose the biggest opportunity to express themselves easily in colour and pattern. But I don’t like wearing a tie every day either. The key if you’re not going to wear a tie is to add accents elsewhere, such as in a pocket handke...

Sep 21st 2011

Reader question: Taking pictures to the tailors

Read MoreAug 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 extent it is advisable to show suc...

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 extent it is advisable to show suc...

Aug 26th 2009

Bespoke commissions - What I should and shouldn't have

Read MoreSep 20th 2017

Thank you everyone that responded to my ‘You are the interviewer’ post a couple of weeks ago. The number of variety of questions was staggering, and I will try to answer as many as I can over the coming weeks. It may take time, but I would ra...

Bespoke commissions - What I should and shouldn't have

Thank you everyone that responded to my ‘You are the interviewer’ post a couple of weeks ago. The number of variety of questions was staggering, and I will try to answer as many as I can over the coming weeks. It may take time, but I would ra...

Sep 20th 2017

The state of tailoring in India: Raghavendra Rathore

Read MoreJan 7th 2013

During my visit to India I met Raghavendra Rathore, a member of the Jodhpur royal family and a designer who worked with Donna Karen, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass in New York before returning to India to set up his own label. He presented two fash...

The state of tailoring in India: Raghavendra Rathore

During my visit to India I met Raghavendra Rathore, a member of the Jodhpur royal family and a designer who worked with Donna Karen, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass in New York before returning to India to set up his own label. He presented two fash...

Jan 7th 2013

Warsaw tailors: Zaremba, Kierepka and Gest Moda

Read MoreSep 21st 2012

I was in Warsaw for a couple of days last week, a city with a strong shoemaking tradition, a smaller group of tailors and a couple of great glovemakers.It was particularly interesting to learn about how tailoring fared in this area under Communist ru...

Warsaw tailors: Zaremba, Kierepka and Gest Moda

I was in Warsaw for a couple of days last week, a city with a strong shoemaking tradition, a smaller group of tailors and a couple of great glovemakers.It was particularly interesting to learn about how tailoring fared in this area under Communist ru...

Sep 21st 2012

Video: The Young Tailors Symposium

Read MoreNov 18th 2016

Looking back on it, our summer 2016 edition of the Symposium series - which focused on young tailors - was particularly interesting. It's easy to forget until you see our film, shown here, how much the backgrounds of each tailor varied. Each was a...

Video: The Young Tailors Symposium

Looking back on it, our summer 2016 edition of the Symposium series - which focused on young tailors - was particularly interesting. It's easy to forget until you see our film, shown here, how much the backgrounds of each tailor varied. Each was a...

Nov 18th 2016

More browsing in tailors

Read MoreAug 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 take a lot of the fun out of b...

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 take a lot of the fun out of b...

Aug 6th 2008

Book review: Savile Row, the Master Tailors of British Bespoke

Read MoreApr 4th 2011

UPDATE: The current edition of Savile Row has been exhausted, but James informs me a second edition is coming out shortly.-James Sherwood’s latest book has been out for a while, but I like to wait and review a book once I’ve actually read it. And...

Book review: Savile Row, the Master Tailors of British Bespoke

UPDATE: The current edition of Savile Row has been exhausted, but James informs me a second edition is coming out shortly.-James Sherwood’s latest book has been out for a while, but I like to wait and review a book once I’ve actually read it. And...

Apr 4th 2011

Naples and its tailors

Read MoreMar 5th 2012

  Neapolitan coffee, at Kiton I was in Naples last week for this site and The Rake, talking to tailors, shoemakers and those of associated crafts. It was nice to spend a few days in the city and get to the point where I knew my way around, where I...

Naples and its tailors

  Neapolitan coffee, at Kiton I was in Naples last week for this site and The Rake, talking to tailors, shoemakers and those of associated crafts. It was nice to spend a few days in the city and get to the point where I knew my way around, where I...

Mar 5th 2012

The tailors that will survive

Read MoreOct 19th 2009

“I’ve had five shirts made by XX on Savile Row, and I’m not currently in possession of any of them. They are all being altered or the sleeves lengthened, some have been there weeks and some months. Every time I phone up the reaction is ‘oh ye...

The tailors that will survive

“I’ve had five shirts made by XX on Savile Row, and I’m not currently in possession of any of them. They are all being altered or the sleeves lengthened, some have been there weeks and some months. Every time I phone up the reaction is ‘oh ye...

Oct 19th 2009

It could have been so much better

Read MoreFeb 25th 2008

Among my peers, Savile Row, its suits and tailors, is a thing of aspiration. It makes the best suits, has dressed the best people and justly carries an air of arrogance. One day, when we have enough money to sensibly spend a lot of it on a very nice ...

It could have been so much better

Among my peers, Savile Row, its suits and tailors, is a thing of aspiration. It makes the best suits, has dressed the best people and justly carries an air of arrogance. One day, when we have enough money to sensibly spend a lot of it on a very nice ...

Feb 25th 2008

Why most tailors don’t like clothes

Read MoreMar 11th 2013

Quite a lot of tailors and cutters don’t wear jackets, even waistcoats during the day. Certainly if they are hidden away from the eyes of customers, they quickly dress down. Partly this is because such work is difficult to perform all day in anythi...

Why most tailors don’t like clothes

Quite a lot of tailors and cutters don’t wear jackets, even waistcoats during the day. Certainly if they are hidden away from the eyes of customers, they quickly dress down. Partly this is because such work is difficult to perform all day in anythi...

Mar 11th 2013

Summer dressing in Robb Report; tailors and SMN in How to Spend It

Read MoreSep 6th 2016

In recent weeks there have been several pieces in magazines such as Robb Report UK and the Financial Times's luxury supplement, How To Spend It. Regular readers will be aware that I write a monthly column for How to Spend It - probably the UK's le...

Summer dressing in Robb Report; tailors and SMN in How to Spend It

In recent weeks there have been several pieces in magazines such as Robb Report UK and the Financial Times's luxury supplement, How To Spend It. Regular readers will be aware that I write a monthly column for How to Spend It - probably the UK's le...

Sep 6th 2016

Spanish tailors

Read MoreJul 9th 2014

 Over the past couple of years I have got to know several of Spain’s leading tailors fairly well, particularly Langa, Reillo and Calvo de Mora.Spanish tailors can be characterised as flexible and value for money, particularly given the amount of h...

Spanish tailors

 Over the past couple of years I have got to know several of Spain’s leading tailors fairly well, particularly Langa, Reillo and Calvo de Mora.Spanish tailors can be characterised as flexible and value for money, particularly given the amount of h...

Jul 9th 2014

How many tailors do you need?

Read MoreFeb 23rd 2015

A few weeks ago, a reader made the point that all my adventures with bespoke tailors could give the impression that this is the optimum way to build a wardrobe. That's certainly not the case.The process of bespoke tailoring is about building a relati...

How many tailors do you need?

A few weeks ago, a reader made the point that all my adventures with bespoke tailors could give the impression that this is the optimum way to build a wardrobe. That's certainly not the case.The process of bespoke tailoring is about building a relati...

Feb 23rd 2015