The Chester Barrie Tux

Craig of That Dapper Chap gets fitted for a red carpet tuxedo by Chester Barrie of Savile Row

We chose a classic black tuxedo for my red carpet experience

When I was asked to attend the Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards my first thought was “what am I going to wear?” The ceremony is a very prestigious event, attended by the best actors and stars of stage and screen, all dressed immaculately in their finery. What’s a guy like me to do?

Enter Chester Barrie of Savile Row who offer a stunning selection of suiting and evening wear, exactly what I need for a red carpet event such as this. Panic over!

Just some of the eveningwear available from Chester Barrie at 19 Savile Row

Established on Savile Row in 1937 they’ve dressed everyone from Frank Sinatra to to Cary Grant and even Winston Churchill was a patron. More recently they have sponsored the Olivier Awards and dressed guests and presenters alike, so I was in very good hands.

You can read about the 2016 award ceremony HERE.

The Chester Barrie tailor spots the need to make some slight adjustments to the suit trousers

Arriving in Savile Row I was ushered to the fitting area and met the team before browsing the range of evening wear. We decided upon the black peak lapel dinner suit in blended mohair which features turned back cuffs, side adjusters on the trousers and a double breasted shawl collar waistcoat. classically Chester Barrie and classically British for just £995.

A closer look at the suit jacket and my dress shirt, also from Chester Barrie

Chester Barrie can tailor any suit to fit you perfectly, and while my jacket and waistcoat fitted like a glove straight off the peg, the trousers did need a little adjustment, so after being pinned in place by one of their tailors I had to hand the suit back to be altered, ready for my appearance at the Olivier Awards on Sunday 9th April.

Making sure that the fit is perfect, the tailor inspects every aspect of the suit

You’ll get to see the finished suit in all it’s glory on my follow up post where ‘ll document the ceremony and show off my Chester Barrie tux. To say I’m excited is an understatement! So, watch this space!

Getting a feel for my classic black three piece evening suit


I’m so excited to be attending the Olivier Awards but feel suitably dressed thanks to Chester Barrie




Jeff Banks Savile Row offers That Dapper Chap readers a great discount

Craig of That Dapper Chap shares details of an exclusive 25% discount at Jeff Banks of Savile Row for readers

If you’ve been following my recent posts taking you through the measuring process, the first fitting and the unveiling of the finished suit, you’ll know what a great service Jeff Banks Savile Row offers and what an incredible suit they made for me.

Aside from bespoke suits, Jeff Banks offers a great ready to wear collection of suiting, shirts, shoes ties and accessories, and I’m really excited to be able to offer you an exclusive 25% discount off everything in store (excluding sale items). The offer is available until 21 March 2017 so get yourself over to the store and tell them I sent you and quote DAPPERCHAP25 to get your discount.

 Happy shopping!


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.





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


Bond Street, Oxford Circus & Piccadilly Circus


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