Originally Posted by Threadhead
Freemans has much better fabric choices than Billy Reid. Check out some of the off the rack suits made from cloths straight out of their custom books; none of that Chinese or South American nonsense cloth like most companies put out these days. The same goes for Winston Tailors. They won't use crap cloth like many so-called custom makers. Paul is the first one to admit he isn't a tailor, but he knows cloth and how to fit AND probably has forgotten more than David Reeves would ever know. BOO-YAH!!
Subject: "look at the size of that thing!"
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2005 11:26 am
From: DAVID REEVES
RE: Mr David Robert Reeves
I am currently the Design And Brand Director at Richard James of 29 Savile Row.Together with Richard James I Design the collections, source the fabrics and the suppliers. Previously I was a fashion design BA graduate from central St Martins London. My education at St martins included pattern cutting, Design, Graphic Design, Fashion business management and marketing .
Upon graduating I started work assisting Richard at a time when the business very much in its infancy. Richard set out to try something different with a Savile row business with the intention of updating the whole concept of English tailoring. Attracting customers from the fields of design and entertainment rather than just the captains of industry and members of the aristocracy .Ultimately the success of the business was such that it garnered support as much from it’s target market as it did from the traditional Savile Row fraternity.
Richard James began selling very high quality formalwear and Bespoke hand made pieces in the best tradition of the Row. We quickly gained a loyal clientele and a reputation for quality and creativity not just with our customers but within the fashion industry itself. Ten years later the brand is now recognised globally with a thriving wholesale business. We sell suit, shirts ties, knitwear,shoes, luxury sportswear, small leather goods and now a fragrance that recently won a Fifi award. The brand still, perhaps more so now is amongst the very best on the international stage often seen as a designers designer with personal customers of ours including Tom Ford formally of Gucci, Nino Cerruti, Ralph Lauren and the late Gianni Versace.
David Reeves was brought in to work for us in establishing our custom suiting service and as a bespoke fitter. We heard of David from his time at Gieves and Hawkes, another Savile row tailor, one which holds three royal warrants and represents what we think of as the very highest standards of traditional English tailoring.We also wanted someone who was design educated and we were particulary impressed that he had worked with a lot of modern luxury designer brands at the prestigious independent “Flannels”.
David and I worked together on patterns and blocks, sourcing suppliers, organising price points and marketing stategy with our PR company Purple for our custom tailoring service. He established strong working relations with the fashion editors of GQ, Esquire and Maxim magazine as well as both national and international stylists. He is highly thought of and is often used as a point of contact when this field is being written about.
David also quickly established himself as one of the more creative Bespoke fitters on the row, we see this as an even more specialist skill not just in the “measuring up” but in the sense that every garment is a one off couture piece that must be designed in consultation with the customers requirements. Materials must be individually sourced often internationally and a cutter and Tailor must be consulted and instructed in order to insure that the piece is realised. A Bespoke “fitter” will use the skills of a fashion designer, fashion Buyer, quality controller and high end retail consultant with every customer.David is in recent years one of the very few people even trained as a Bespoke fitter in the Savile row tradition Many new firms in the street have to headhunt these from the older firms, something that has caused them to be very guarded about who is trained thereby making these people very valuable.
Aside from Bespoke his knowledge of custom tailoring is naturally second to none. Which in itself is a specialisation and an altogether different service of which he was the main driving force behind in our company.
Having worked for two of the best tailors Britain can offer. He has a natural understanding of Fashion retail as well as of the traditional techniques of approaching a project. In regards to the latter of the two his experience surpasses my own and even Richard James himself. David is well known nationally amongst the tailoring community for his achievements but in the tradition of English Tailoring he is rarely credited publically for his creations. Indeed many Savile row establishments such as Gieves and Hawkes would never disclose the name of one of there customers, preferring to focus their efforts on service and quality product. Richard James himself is rarely photographed although the product is well known and very much in the public eye. I can tell you that David has been responsible for producing some of the most creative and unique couture pieces seen in recent years for some of the best dressed men in the world. It is of no surprise that he has been approached to work outside of the UK and that his reputation preceeds him abroad. In a very short space of time he has risen to the very top of a very exclusive field.
David is a true professional and was a credit to Richard James the company. His hunger, enthusiasm and exquisite tastes will serve his future employer extremely well.
I have worked in the field of luxury menswear for ten years now. I have never met anybody as well rounded as David, both within his working skills and his personality.
40 Scot's sufferance wharf
5 Mill St
D.O.B 1 .1. 1973
Dear Madam or Sir:
Re: David Reeves
This letter is submitted in support of a non-immigrant petition seeking to classify David Reeves as an alien with extraordinary ability in the field of fitting tailored clothes.________
I have worked for Gieves & Hawkes for since 1998, during which time I have contributed to the launch of three stores, Chester, Leeds & Birmingham. My role was to recruit, and train staff for their positions. To improve their understating of product knowledge in tailored clothing, and included customer service, which continues at the heart of the Gieves & Hawkes ethos.
On behalf of Gieves & Hawkes and as the Senior Branch Manager, I will be involved with new retail projects, which will start late into 2005, and proceed into early 2006.
The Store Manager I had appointed at Leeds introduced me to David Reeves. At our first meeting I was immediately impressed with David’s attention to detail and his personal style. He was and remains today enthusiastic and mature beyond his years. From his very beginnings at Gieves & Hawkes, David quickly absorbed the necessary strictures that since 1785 established Gieves & Hawkes, with a reputation, now worldwide.
David established himself with the clients at our Leeds store, and therefore naturally he was selected to receive specialized training. David went on numerous internal as well as external courses. His development was outstanding and his knowledge of fitting, tailoring, clothe construction enabled David to become a specialist in Personal Tailoring at our Leeds Store.
David’s unique skills which are in high demand, and were successfully demonstrated whilst working for me, have been well honed. In my capacity at Gieves & Hawkes my interest in tailoring goes back generations; I’m the son of tailor, who was the son of a tailor, who was also the son of a tailor.
Andrew P. Goldberg
Senior Branch Manager
Gieves & Hawkes
I think I know a little bit about suits Threadhead and its probably fair to say I have learned a lot more since these were written.Edited by David Reeves - 1/8/12 at 1:06pm