If you can, meet your bespoke cutter. You’d really relish the connection bespoke offers. Plus, the cutter can really assess your body, instead of picturing you through photos or descriptions. In my last Whitcomb & Shaftesbury post, I discussed meeting Mahesh and Bob. Mahesh measured me, while Bob (the coat maker) gave his professional input … Continue reading Meeting the Cutter: Sian from Whitcomb & Shaftesbury
Customizing your trouser waists is one way to vary your look. Before considering your design, first consider how functional it is. Decide if you're willing to work with that extra belt loop or buckle. Beautiful design, but more finicky to put on or remove Trouser waists are more noticeable if you remove your jacket. In … Continue reading Trouser Waists
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
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
I'd say it depends on how the formality of the trouser and your desired subtlety. If you have a sleek, worsted trouser in a conservative, solid color, all of these options can work well. The solid look is so streamlined that one or two pleats won't draw unwanted attention. If you like pleats, go for … Continue reading 1 Pleat, 2 Pleats, or No Pleats?