November 30, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Describe the steps taken during the initial consultation to insure the client’s ultimate satisfaction.
It’s all rather simple and informal really. I will usually sit a client down, sometimes over a drink, and start asking him or her about themselve’s. Those questions actually give me clues about the client’s lifestyle, so that I can zone in one what they are looking to order. We’ll go over cloths, after narrowing down the selection to weight, price point and maybe color. After the cloth is selected, we pick a lining and talk about style options, this is actually quite straight forward. Then I measure up the client. The whole process of this first initial meeting should take about an hour.
The key here is obviously to take accurate measurements and log the specifications carefully, but getting to know the client is very important. Tailors have a saying… a good tailor doesn’t just fit the body, he fits the heart as well.
November 4, 2013 Comments Off
Head butting, purple suits, aggressive hippies and white limousines are just some of the things I talk about in my interview with Keikari after the jump:
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August 6, 2013 Comments Off
The Duke of Windsor, formerly the abdicated King Edward the VIII of the United Kingdom, made famous this particular check (or Plaid) when he was the Prince Of Wales and heir to the throne.
Edward throughout his life was somewhat of a style icon and breaking with traditions of dress at the time he often liked to wear more relaxed clothes in “sporty” checks. Glen Plaid was a favorite of his and he was so influential, that to the English, Glen Plaid would henceforth be forever known as “Prince Of Wales check”.
It is actually popular today in fact with the current Prince of Wales, Prince Charles. The pattern is certainly more relaxed and a little more flamboyant than other traditional cloth patterns but it is a restrained and genteel flamboyance. Perfect for any gentleman or indeed a prince.
July 2, 2013 § 1 Comment
handle is DAVIDREEVESBESPOKE get the app here: http://instagram.com/
Here are a few of my photos to give you an idea of what it’s about.
Inspiration wall, often you can see these pieces translated translated into garments I make, for example the Michael Caine get carter suit.
No photoshop here just a filter, immaculate drape and clean back on this garment.
The shop in Queens. I visit here at least three times a week to make sure everything is moving along
My Bespoke George Cleverley shoes next to my Converse all stars at the shop in Union Square.
Yep Selfies, me wearing one of my suits made from silk and linen. I went for a bit of a 70s vibe with slightly wider lapels and a longer coat.
My new favorite bar, Wisemen on the Bowery.
Three button suit, looks very modern and old fashioned at the same time these days.
June 1, 2013 Comments Off
Its been a scorcher in New York this week and the first of the custom summer clothes have started to come through and be delivered. From the shirtmaker in Manchester I got these shirts, made up from Loro Piana cotton and linen goods. The cotton gives the linen a softer handle and negates the creasing present in regular linen. The colors and prints on these shirts are very clear and vivid, paired with slim fit cotton trousers they are impressive enough to be worn with or without a suit or sport coat.
You can find out more about Loro Piana here:http://www.loropiana.com/flash.html#/lang:en/
March 19, 2013 Comments Off
I get asked this a lot these days working in New York. What exactly is a Bespoke Suit? What goes into it? Well, here is the Oxford dictionary definition of Bespoke:
past of bespeak.
[attributive] chiefly British
It is a fairly broad term and in the strictest sense is the English equivalent to what would be called a custom suit in the U.S.A.
Its also a rather trendy word now that tailors in the U.S, Italy and even the U.K like to use more and more. Its a very old English word that I really learned, when I was 19 years of age, back when I started my first day of work at Savile Row tailor, Gieves and Hawkes. It was instilled in me that a Bespoke suit was a purely hand made garment (except for the long seams) with multiple fittings or “tryons” and an individual pattern made and stored for every client (the blueprint of the suit). Perhaps more than all that it was the pinnacle, the very best that the house could make or indeed could be made.
Nowadays, strictly speaking, any kind of “custom” or “made to measure suit”, made in a factory from stock patterns with little handwork could be described as a Bespoke suit and it often is.
I feel with the term being so broad that it is really important to find out how the bespoke tailoring house itself defines what a bespoke suit is.
What does it mean to me? Well it isn’t about marketing, for me its just a term I have been using all my working life. I still define the term as I did working on Savile Row. I hold myself and my company up to those standards of quality, service and authenticity.
I seek out the very best makers and work with them on a daily basis to produce my bespoke suits which are all made the old fashioned way, locally with a needle and thread. I don’t do this because it is easy, I do it because it is hard, and this is the only way to make quite simply the very best mens clothes that Gentlemen can buy.
A David Reeves Bespoke suit will always be made locally. An individual pattern will be made stored and amended as need be for the client and the service will involve multiple fittings, including a try on to ensure the right finesse of fit. David Reeves Bespoke suits are always made from high end cloths such as H Lesser, Dormeuil, Loro Piana, Zegna and Scabal as standard.