Good Bespoke Suits in London for Less than £2000?

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  1. Bernardo

    Bernardo Member

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    Hi,

    I recently turned into my 40's and I would like to buy a good bespoke suit in London. I've read some posts about bespoke suits but the budget was not the same I have.

    Could you recommend me some good options to buy a bespoke suit in London for around £1500-£2000. What tailors are good for that budget?

    Thanks
     
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  2. Steven Cash

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    No experience but Cad & the Dandy are well within that budget. I am going to check them out later in the month, as it will be my first venture into bespoke I feel the price is right for learning the process.

    Henry Herbert is another reasonably priced bespoke option but even then still slightly over £2,000.
     


  3. Bernardo

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    Thanks. I'll have a look
     
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  4. Bernardo

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    To visit:

    - Couch & Hoskin
    - Connock & Lockie (above £2000)

    Some links for my own research:

    - Graham Browne
    - Sims & Macdonald
    - Connock & Lockie

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    A list of tailors from this post:
    Sims and Macdonald (Lambs Conduit St) +
    Paul Kitsaros (Cleveland St)
    The Georges (Cleveland Street, Haringay,Threadneedleman)
    C Antoniou (Gray's Inn Road)
    Apsley Tailors (Pall Mall) -
    Chris Georgiou (Kings Cross Road)
    Graham Browne +
    Redwood and Feller (Rochester Row)
    Connock and Lockie (Lamd Conduit St) -


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    Other interesting posts:
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/300804/bespoke-tailor-in-london-help-needed

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    BTW Thank you very much for all the information contained in this forums
     
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  5. GBR

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    Grahame Brown does not have a good name in certain quarters. However even if you want a 'budget' tailor the process of choosing one is the same; visit 2 or 3 and then pick the one whose demeanour etc. best suits you. The relationship between client and tailor is a personal one and what is right for one person may be a disaster for another.
     


  6. BigBadBernard

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    You could probably just about do Couch & Hoskin for £2k all in if you did CMT. Otherwise I think you would be looking about £2.2k with their standard cloths. They would be (in my view far and away) the best traditional tailor at that price bracket.

    Also Choppin & Lodge you could do for under £1.5k. They can be a bit hit and miss on fit and I think they share a lot of their manufacture with Graham B, but I have found Richard (front of house) to be a lot better to deal with than Russel at GB. I have two really nice jackets from C&L and one that is so so.

    I would run across the room to stop you going to CATD - I had a genuinely awful suit made there (both in terms of fit and quality of construction) a couple of years ago and they simply didn't care about putting it right - in the end I gave up and they would never get my custom again.
     


  7. Steven Cash

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    Could you please expand on your dealings with C&TD?

    As i mentioned above I plan to go and see them at the end of this month with a view to commissioning a sports jacket but would be keen (and sorry) to hear more of your poor service.
     


  8. BigBadBernard

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    CATD suit was badly fitting from the start - large in the shoulders with divots but with odd twisted sleeve alignment, quarters also very closed in the jacket - shroud like. Trousers had pockets that gaped no matter what adjustments were made. None of these problems were minor or me being fussy - it was just wrong - miles off. Must have had four additional fittings and each time it went back for adjustments I could see that they just wanted me gone and not spend more time and money working to get the product right, despite the problems not ever being properly resolved. This, BTW, was their City branch.

    In the end I (probably mistakenly) accepted the suit and within 6 months (with me wearing once a fortnight or so) the left sleeve was actually coming unstitched under the armpit. Also very poor work on the buttons -I lost all but one of the buttons on the trouser button fly and all had massive stalks.

    Given that I have plenty of other suits in the rotation I have just scratched it off as a bad experience and vowed never to return.
     
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  9. Steven Cash

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    Ah man that sucks. Sounds like there was no redeeming feature of your experience. Though I thought they took 100% payment upfront as to partially account for the huge saving over other "Savile Row tailors".

    I must admit that the price was the main attraction for me but maybe it is a case of you get what you pay for and I ought to look elsewhere.

    Sorry to hear of your experience but thank you for sharing it regardless.
     


  10. BigBadBernard

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    You always take a risk when trying a new tailor! Tend to use C&H for nice suits these days, C&L for good value jackets, and have a local MTM down in Kent for everyday workhorse suits which does a really good service for the price.
     


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    Thank you very much for the recommendations. I had not come across C&L but will now investigate further and scratch C&D off the list.
     


  12. Bernardo

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    Thanks, I appreciate your opinion.

    Thanks. After visiting C&L and based on what you said I've decided to increase my budget slightly to around £2k - £2.4k. That seems more realistic for what I'm looking for.I already talked to C&L and they looked like they can do a good job based on my preferences. But I'll add C&H to the list and will definitely visit them too.
     


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