Originally Posted by mafoofan
As you both probably already figure, I have no intention of putting in any bespoke orders at these tailors. I'm very sensitive to wasting their time dealing with someone who's just there to chat it up and maybe buy a pocket square. I've only had exposure to the bespoke worlds of Naples and New York, where I would not feel comfortable swinging by a tailor's shop without the intention to do real business. Is it any different in London?
I understand, which is why I made the comment about Davies. The others I mentioned should be o.k., though I have never met Taube. If they are busy, leave them alone, but they would be glad to chat for a while. I used to stop in on Huntsman in their NY Hotel room, not even their store, to talk with Peter Smith years before I became a customer. If they had time, fine. If they were busy, I left them alone. If you are genuinely interested in what they do, they should be glad to talk with you. Tell them you are a customer of R, that you are happy with R, but would like to know about what they do and how it might be different. You should also ask to see Huntsman's special fabrics. Apart from their tweeds, which go back years, they design some nice suitings every year. They did a great rope stripe recently, which reminded me of manton's ancient Lesser samples.