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An Interview with William P. Field II of Field English Custom Tailors.

J. Cogburn

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Nice interview. All that I might add is that Will is a devotee of "rock-of-eye" cutting. That always impresses me.

I've commissioned a number of garments from Will over the past few years: a midnight blue double-breasted dinner jacket (Lessers), a black mohair, single-button peak lapel suit (Dormeuil Tonik), a double-breasted marine blue chalk stripe (Anglia); a Cambridge grey three-button suit (Lessers Superfine Tropical); a light Prince of Wales three-button suit with blue overcheck (Lessers Superfine Tropical); a blueish grey three-button mohair/wool suit (Halstsed); a darker muted Prince-of-Wales three button suit with blue overcheck (Lessers); a three-button royal blue basket weave summer blazer (Scabal); a navy three-button blue hopsack & crows feet blazer (Swanson & Frear); cream flannel trousers (cloth courtesy of Will at "A Suitable Wardrobe"); and probably about a dozen or so shirts.

I am very pleased with his work. As you might expect, the more I work with him, the more refined the pattern. Now, it's only a matter of a single fitting before suits are ready for delivery. His prices are very reasonable relative to what I might pay in New York or London and he throws-in the occasional free alteration as a perk for my business (a very kind gesture). Will is a pleasure to work with, his garments are impeccable, and I look forward to many more commisions to come (finances willing).

Someday I'll get my girlfriend to take some pics for a mega-post here so you can see all of this handiwork.
 
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unbelragazzo -

This is very well deserved praise for Mr. Field. I first found him when I was looking to have someone alter two blue blazers and two suits from Oxxford MTM that had shrunk since I ordered them about 15 years ago. Amazingly they now fit better than when new and are on regular rotation - well worth the grand or so it cost. I next had him make a three piece pinstripe in a 11 oz Lesser. Beautiful suit. Rather soft in the chest and shoulder and the quarters are closed. My principle tailor is Henry Poole which is much more structured. Mr. Field charges just about as much for his bespoke as does Poole.

I commute regularly to DC and might be in town for the meet-up on the 10th. I'll try to remember to were the Field suit.

Cheers, st.tully
 

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How much does Mr Fields charge (ballpark idea)?

I am new to bespoke and just getting a ballpark idea on what it may cost. My second choice is Vaish at Rivoli (New Delhi, India). Since my parents live there I could get my measurements done on the next trip if cost factor makes it worth it.
 

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$3,400 for a two-piece suit with your standard cloth; more if you're using Lessers or other more exensive fabric (such as the mohair Tonik). Odd-jackets are around $2,400. At least, those are the rices I've been paying of late.
 

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Nice article. I met him once a number of years ago and asked him which English tailor his style most resembled and he said they are all pretty close but probably Henry Poole if he had to choose.
It's a charming and comfortable shop. I recall there being an extensive cloth selection. Nice to see a son successfully carrying on his father's shop and craft.
 

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Does Field still have their shirts made by Geneva? Is there a minimum number of shirts you have to buy from them? What's the general price range?

Thanks.
 

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Yes, they're made by Geneva. I think three might be the minimum. Should be somewhere around the $300 range. Depends on fabrics you choose obviously.


Confirmed on the three shirt minimum. $300/ea for Thomas Mason Silverline fabrics.
 

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Can't wait to go see him this weekend or next! Gonna start with some custom made shirts!!!
Cool - He's on Wisconsin Ave. up north from that PNC bank
 
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I had the pleasure of dropping off some newly acquired consignment suits with Mr. Field today. I can't wait for the outcome! He is a very patient man, especially for a newcomer to the suit-wearing world. I almost didn't bring the one shadow striped suit, but I'm glad I did--he explained the color and pattern of mine was fine for fancier summer occasions. I was about ready to resell it after hearing so much objection to shadow stripes on SF!
 

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