Whitcomb and Shaftesbury: Foreign-Bespoke Trouser Consultation

Some of you might be wondering why I've moved on from MTM trousers to foreign bespoke. I mainly wanted the expertise and guidance of a tailor who would cut my trousers in-house. I also appreciate hand finishing on trousers. The trousers are £465, excluding 15% import duties. It's cheaper than bespoke entirely made in London. … Continue reading Whitcomb and Shaftesbury: Foreign-Bespoke Trouser Consultation

5 Tips on Bespoke Shoes

Here are five tips for commissioning bespoke shoes: Buy a staple shoe in a conservative color. Your first shoes should probably be a black cap-toe oxford or brown shoe.Study different types of shoes and know all your order specifications prior to the visit -- if you're going to spend that much money on a pair … Continue reading 5 Tips on Bespoke Shoes

Tried Bespoke Shoes? Leave your Review (Asian shoemakers)

This is a public forum designed to be helpful to readers considering specific bespoke shoemakers . List your shoemaker and comment on your experience and takeaways (e.g. on quality, price, service, etc). Please leave honest feedback and refrain from unhelpful commentary. Note: this is for bespoke only (i.e. not MTO or MTM). 1 star *2 … Continue reading Tried Bespoke Shoes? Leave your Review (Asian shoemakers)

Tried Bespoke Shoes? Leave your Review (European/American shoemakers)

This is a public forum designed to be helpful to readers considering specific bespoke shoemakers . List your shoemaker and comment on your experience and takeaways (e.g. on quality, price, service, etc). Please leave honest feedback and refrain from unhelpful commentary. Note: this is for bespoke only (i.e. not MTO or MTM). 1 star *2 … Continue reading Tried Bespoke Shoes? Leave your Review (European/American shoemakers)

Commissioning Bespoke Trousers

Consider these options before commissioning bespoke trousers. I'll break it down from the top of the trousers to down. Fabric (slightly heavier fabrics will usually have better drape) Waist: High-waisted or mid-rise?What waist design do you want? Optional coin pocket?Belt loops or side adjusters?Inside tabs (to secure the waist). Finishing: Tack stitching?Pick stitching along pockets, … Continue reading Commissioning Bespoke Trousers

Japanese Bespoke Shoemakers

They take the cake when it comes to shoemaking. Compared to their European counterparts, Japanese shoemakers are galaxies above when it comes to finishing, detail, and aesthetics. Among my favorites are Yasuhiro Shiota, Hiro Yanagimachi, TYE shoemaker, Yuigo Hayano (Bespoke Shoe Works), and Eiji Murata (Main d'Or). Many other makers with attention to detail exist … Continue reading Japanese Bespoke Shoemakers

The Five Trousers I Have (or will have)

These five trousers make for a versatile casual wardrobe: Cream cotton trousers (like chinos, but smarter)Dark brown corduroy trousers (with a high wale count)Levi's jeansDark green cotton moleskins*Grey flannel trousers* I own the first three and am working on commissioning the last two. I'm slowly switching from MTM trousers (MyTailor) to bespoke from Whitcomb & … Continue reading The Five Trousers I Have (or will have)