New project: 3-piece, 2-button peak lapel suit in dark grey Lesser GB sharkskin. SB waistcoat with lapels.
I had the pleasure of spending an hour with Joe Morgan & Michael Browne of C&M earlier today. I had spoken with Joe twice previously over the past few years and have always found him warm, passionate and personable. Unfortunately, until recently consistent fittings in London weren't quite possible with my schedule; the increased frequency has given me the perfect excuse to explore the Nutter influence.
From the block coat, I could most definitely feel the structure and padding in the chest and shoulders. This was not at all constricting nor uncomfortable, but I was a bit surprised that I immediately felt my carriage respond with a bit more of an erect bearing. According to Joe, this is not unusual and the construction of the garments in fact encourages this. The lapels are beautifully-shaped and with a generous belly; I will be going with a more moderate width than the examples I saw today (ranging from 4 1/8 to 4 5/8 inches). The C&M expression does appear to be a bit stylized compared to other houses on the Row - check out the DB peak lapel waistcoat on Joe and the generous waistband and flapped coin pocket on Michael's trousers. I appreciate these expressions of personality, and when everything comes together I find the aggregate quite harmonious, with the individual details not overpowering.
Many of you will have seen Michael's pictures in the past few issues of The Rake. We discussed his interest in style and clothing, and how this interest evolved into his entry into the trade. As with Joe, Michael's passion is evident and the expression of his own style quite unique.
I look forward to working with these gentlemen over the months ahead. Basted fitting in July.