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
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
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)
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)
Who should you study under? And where? How much should you budget for? When I set out to learn shoemaking, I made dozens of calls abroad, sent countless emails, and browsed the web trying to find a quality shoemaker willing to teach me. One of my first leather uppers Realistically, 95% of bespoke shoemakers (especially … Continue reading Where Can I Learn to Make Bespoke Shoes?
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
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
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)
It's so tempting to dress down as a school teacher. Often times, sloppy clothing just blends in with students and other teachers. Vague dress codes don't help, either. In the most casual instances, most male teachers get away with wearing a T-shirt, cargo shorts, and flip-flops. But there are many more ways to feel comfortable … Continue reading What Should Teachers Wear?
If buying the quality clothes you want seems like a distant dream, I hope this post offers some consolation: 1. Save until you can spend -- I always wait to purchase what I truly want. Don't run into debt. If you can't afford it, save until you can (even if it takes a few years). … Continue reading Buying Quality on a Budget