How are their bespoke suits and shirts compared to the big names like A&S, Huntsmen, and Richard Anderson? Fit is subjective so I mean quality as in precise finishing, fine button holes, and neatly sewn lining, etc. Thanks!
Has anyone every had experience with Kent, Haste and Lachter?
Given the pedigree of the principals, the quality is bound to be superlative. I can see no reason to think it is anything less than that of the top names on the Row.
With that said, I have absolutely no direct experience of Kent Haste & Lachter, so it would be interesting to hear from someone who does.
I have shirts from Budd and Sean O'Flynn, and needlework-wise Lachter's shirts are in the same league. That is -- single-needle stitching, MOP buttons, non-fused collars, and... machined buttons, sometimes sloppy stitching, especially in non-visible areas like bottom hem.
I don't have any tailored clothing from other SR houses, so can't really compare. But they are at least on par (if not better) than a couple of Italian-made bespoke coats I have. As John Kent told me, KHL uses same outworkers as some other notable SR houses (sorry, no names here). Also, their in-house tailor, Leslie Haines, used to be head cutter at Douglas Hayward.
A few old photos of my first jacket (made about four years ago):
I have had suits made by JK and TH for many years - when each traded individually. The quality is uniformly excellent. JK, particularly, is a genius at cutting. The finishing is also as good as anything at (e.g) Henry Poole et al, but perhaps not as meticulous as the obsessively detailed approach at Maurice Sedwell. The coats are structured but not like a corset - the canvases are light and appropriate for the cloth. There's a bit of drape and both men can cut with dash and elan, for customers who like a little "swagger."
The Anderson book was extremely entertaining, spiteful and bitter. TH is a gentleman and although he could have sued he had far more important concerns in his life - matters which his friends knew about and which are best kept private.
In conclusion, I heartily recommend John and Terry - it's an unstuffy and informal atmosphere when you visit them in Sackville St, but that does not affect quality or attention to detail.