Originally Posted by Sator
I don't think I've read a thing yet in this thread that says anything useful for or against their ability to cut and tailor. I have looked into their closed premises through the window myself, but won't judge a book by its cover.
I'm new to this so please pardon any ignorance that I may be displaying or lack of decorum.
I just wanted to say that I have had two bespoke suits made by Zink, one about 9 years ago and the other around 5 years ago.
The first one was a H & S chalkstripe in relatively heavy wool double breasted, working button holes, double venting, jets and flaps. The second one was a dinner suit with notched satin lapels and matching satin stripe down the outside leg. Both have served me very well for many years and they still look new.
The only gripe I have is not with the garments but with Mr Jones himself. When I went to their shop for my first suit, a very nice old English gentleman with funny uneven shoulders attended to me and my measuring including a full and friendly discussion about what would suit my type of body. I never saw that man again but instead dealt with Mr Jones (not the son). I found him on every occasion to be cold, stand offish and slightly bitter about everything. The sort of person who after you ask him how he is and how business is going, doesnt show any interest in you in return (not even fake interest for social correctness sake). On that basis I found it to be a relatively cold and impersonal experience. I even tried to took him a few customers being family to me and they in turn commissioned around 4 or 5 suits each. Still, not a friendly word.
Maybe I'm wrong but for me, I like a bit more of a personal touch so that the whole experience is enjoyable not only the receipt of a competent garment in the end.
In terms of their style, very old fashioned Saville Row. Very structured and angular, padded shoulders but cut to perfection, and put together flawlessly. They have a particularly good ability to match patterns when they join various parts of the coat.
Hope this is of assistance.