A Bespoke Shirt From Hemingway Tailors

Craig shares his experience with Hemingway Tailors and shows off his new bespoke shirt

As men we wear a lot of shirts and we’ve all seen those guys in ill fitting, baggy monstrosities, sagging at the collar and too long at the arms. On the flip side we’ve also seen the ones where the buttons strain and gape at the chest. All utterly dreadful, and all to be avoided, unless you want to look like you been at the dressing up box.
A well fitted shirt says a lot about a man. It shows that you take yourself seriously and care about your appearance. That said, allow me to introduce Hemingway Tailors.
Blogger has a made to measure shirt from Hemingway Tailors in London

With an office in South London Hemingway offer bespoke tailoring to London clients

With over ten years behind them offering men’s and women’s tailoring services, access to the world’s finest fabrics and over 90 years of tailoring heritage, Hemingway Tailors are a good choice when looking for made to measure or bespoke tailoring.
With a head office in Leeds and one in South London I headed over to meet them. Nestled in a pretty little courtyard in Kennington sits Hemingway Tailors. I met with Mark Banks, a tailor for 14 years Mark provides a personal tailoring service to Hemingway’s clients in London. Mark recognises the changes in tailoring and knows that advances in technology has helped produce a consistently high standard in his industry.

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Made to measure shirts with The Savile Row Company

Craig of That Dapper Chap shows us how easy it is to get a made to measure shirt online from The Savile Row Company

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by The Savile Row Company, a brand established on Savile Row, London since 1938 and who have been making finely tailored shirts ever since.

This family run business now ship their shirts to over 80 countries worldwide and while the company also offers a range of suits, accessories and shoes, for this sponsored post I wanted to share details of their made to measure shirts.

YOUR OWN MADE TO MEASURE SHIRT

Getting your own shirt is very easy, if you want a more personal experience you can visit the store and get measured, however if you’re busy and are competent with a tape measure (or have person handy who is) you can do everything online, which is just what I did.

Start by clicking on the ‘made to measure’ link on their website. From here you can choose to build your own suit or shirt. For this post we’re sticking with the shirt. Simply select your favourite shirt from the 56 designs available, click the ‘personalise’ button and then the fun can begin!

 

 

From hereon-in you get to alter almost every aspect of your shirt: the fit, placket, cuffs, collar, pockets, buttons and everything else in between, to make the shirt unique to you. And if you get stuck there are handy pictures in the gallery showing you the various options available to you, so you can see exactly what each element looks like on a real shirt.

And lastly you can get in monogrammed, so if anyone is ever in any doubt that this shirt was made specifically for you there’s proof that it is!

Once your selections are complete, you get to review what you’ve added and can edit the details if you need to. Once you are happy, you ‘proceed to measurements’

After a few innocent questions that assist with the creation of your shirt, you get to add your measurements. Now, you’ve heard the carpenters rule of ‘measure twice, cut once’ right? well, apply that philosophy here too. Once you upload and send your measurements, they’re gone. And while the guys at The Savile Row Company can tweak the shirt after you’ve received it, it is of course best to ensure that all measurements are entered correctly at the time.

And that’s pretty much it. All you need to do now is sit tight and relax while your shirt is made in Northern Ireland, and sent to you in a very stylish box.

MY SHIRT

I found the process very easy and had chosen all of the elements of my shirt and uploaded my measurements in under an hour.

Custom shirts like mine have a price point of £75 which is reasonable for a shirt which is going to fit you perfectly like mine does. Waiting up to four weeks for it to be made, may be a little long for some gents, but remember, it’s being made to your exact specifications and that can take time to perfect.

I’m impressed with the quality of the material and the stitching, and I did cast my eye over all parts of the shirt looking for imperfections, but couldn’t find any at all, in fact it’s very well made.

The shirt is both comfortable to wear and stylish and I’m really pleased with the result.

So, if you’re a guy who finds off the peg shirts just don’t fit that well, maybe the sleeves are always a little long, or you’re a gym goer whose chest size results in a collar which is too big, The Savile Row Company may just be the answer to your needs.

Styling the shirt with a linen suit and a navy knitted tie I was set for my meeting, however this shirt could just as easily be dressed down with jeans and loafers for a less formal look. Roll up the sleeves and undo the top button, and the shirt offers a totally different look.

 

 

 

 

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The Jeff Banks Bespoke Suit

Craig of That Dapper Chap shares his bespoke suit by Jeff Banks of Savile Row in the final post in this three part series.

If you’re an avid follower of my blog or my social media accounts you’ll have followed the story of my bespoke suit by Jeff Banks Savile Row. In the first post we shared the fitting experience and took you through what to expect when you get a bespoke suit.

The second post covered the first fitting when I got to try on my suit for the first time, before any necessary tweaks were made. In this final post I share the final suit!


So, a couple of weeks after the first fitting I had a call to let me know that my suit was ready. Making my way to Savile Row I was full of anticipation. I knew the suit was stunning, but I also knew that it needed a couple of tweaks to make it perfect.

Arriving at the store I was met by Mr Banks himself who personally assisted me in trying on my suit. Not everyone of course has that experience, so I was truly honoured that he took time out of his busy schedule to see me, and of course the suit.

The team had previously told me that he loved the suit I’d chosen, and I could tell that he approved of my choice of fabric and style of the suit as he helped me on with my waistcoat and jacket.

The suit fits like a glove. Every measurement is perfect and I am super pleased with it. With Made to Measure starting from £600 and Bespoke starting from £800, the price is very good for a Savile row suit.

Yes, it takes 8-10 weeks to complete the process which is of course longer than it would be if you just ordered one online from a high street store. And yes, it does cost more, but what you’re getting is something much more personal. My suit is a one off; my choices, my measurement, my style, and you can’t get that on the high street!

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. The guys at Jeff Banks are incredibly helpful, friendly and above all knowledgeable. They know their stuff, and can guide you along the process with professional ease.

Choosing the style and the fabric was a highlight. Getting all those details just right and having free rein to choose exactly what I wanted, but the best part was trying the suit for the first time, knowing that it was going to fit ME perfectly and that I’d had a direct input to the finished article.

A huge thank you to Jeff and his team, and a very Merry Christmas.

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BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

ADDRESS:

No. 36 Savile Row, London, W1S 3QB, UK

NEAREST UNDERGROUND STATIONS:

Bond Street, Oxford Circus & Piccadilly Circus

CAR PARKING:

Limited street parking available or Q-Park, 3-9 Old Burlington Street, W1S 3AF

CONTACT

Telephone 0207 734 3973