Sartorial London: The Official Thread (UPDATED 9/6/2012)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Its cool to check out any SR tailor, even if you're not looking to place a bespoke order. As Manton said, they're very retail-oriented and used to people rolling in just to buy a tie or square. A+S is very good about giving a full tour even if you're just a walk-in, and the people at Poole, W&J, and Dege are very friendly. Gieves' store is just beautiful. And don't forget all the adjoining streets that house the smaller firms - I would recommend stopping by both Meyer & Mortimer (Sackville) and Hayward (Mount).

    Be sure to stop by the Arcades - Cleverley, Santa Maria Novella, Benson & Clegg etc. are all there. And Budd should be a definite stop - really is a fantastic little store. On the more casual front, I would suggest checking out Albam.

    P.S. - An English tailor recently told me that Cifonelli is opening a London outpost on Sackville. Anyone know about this?
     


  2. poorsod

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    My top 3:

    1) James Smith Umbrellas. No where else have I found an umbrella company that will cut an umbrella to your height, put on a metal tip and have it ready in an hour. I recall you had trouble convincing Talarico to make a bespoke idea you had. The umbrella I have is, ironically, made in Italy and perhaps by Talarico. The mechanism seems similar. Perhaps Smiths can make (or get Talarico to make) what you had in mind.

    Note the mechanism looks like a Talarico.
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    2) Budd. Only place I found which carries sized black grosgrain bow ties. They weren't on display. I wonder what other unique objects they might have squirreled away. I haven't been since their renovation.

    3) Drakes. IIRC their bespoke service is at no additional upcharge (including cashmere). Not a bad deal if you see something you like.

    Alternate 3) W. Bills. Which I believe is on your list anyway.
     


  3. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Oh, and as silly and touristy as this sounds, go check out Harrods. They have a ton of small concessions within the store, many of which carry exclusive-to-Harrods merchandise. The store is beautiful as well.
     


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    I bought my first detached collar shirts at Harrods many years ago during my Toff phase.
    In addition to fashion and/or style, Harrods is a Mecca for gustatory excess.
    Check out the Food Halls, The only thing that comes close (and with a different
    feel) is the Public Market on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC. or the Central
    Market Budapest:

    http://www.bing.com/travel/content/search?q=London: Harrod's Food Halls
     


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    E TF Senior member

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    Yes Harrod's menswear dept is surprisingly good, though I'm not sure it will have much for Foo. The food halls are stunning.

    I like Poorsod's list too.

    Edit -

    The transmod thread got me wondering about dim sum in London...
     
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    Kuro Senior member

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    interesting, if so perfect for lasbar.

    although i really like rue marbeuf so would rather go to paris if in london.

    i can ask at my next fitting....
     


  7. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Yes, I think that would very interesting. We'll see how much I really get to observe, though. I don't want to pry too much; also my wife will be with me and I cannot eat up too much time talking clothes.

    Huntsman and W. Bill sound like good contenders. In fact, W. Bill is a must for me--I am determined to find a plain, large scale shepherd check tweed.

    My hesitation with shoemakers is that I am very poorly versed in shoes. I don't think I could really make very helpful commentary.

    What about umbrellas? I'm hearing a lot of support for James Smith. What about Brigg? If I had to pick, which one?
     


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    At stop at (Swaine Adeney) Brigg is a must, especially because it is on St James's but buy a JS Smith brolly. While on St James's, stop over at JJ Fox and smoke a proper cigar.
     


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    Not much to add, a lot already covered but I would visit all the shoes shops on Jermyn St and most shirtmakers, again for accessories.

    On the dinner front, not far from Saville Row, Pollen Street Social is a favourite of mine. For a grand Italian lunch, would recommend Apsleys at the Lanesborough, or if you miss some Neapolitan food, must head down to Donna Margherita in Clapham Junction. Love The original Hakkasan location as well for Michelin stars level Chinese and stunning modern ambience.
     


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    You won't be missing much, TBH. The umbrellas are nice, but the shop itself was charmless. Smith, on the other hand, is an experience, a living museum that's far more vital than Brigg's new-but-sterile approach.
     


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    Agreed. Nothing at Brigg is done on site. They wouldnt even box an umbrella for me. Boxing and shipping an umbrella had to be done at the factory. I didn't even bother about discussing having the umbrella sized, let alone discuss bespoke.
     
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    If you intend to see Huntsman, consider Richard Anderson instead. Some consider RA to be the true descendants of the Huntsman tradition.

    Are any of the Hunstman cutters there trained in the Huntsman tradition? My impression was that many left during th Haste years.
     
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  14. mack11211

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    If you have time to leave the West End, I would investigate contemporary fabrics at Dashing Tweeds or vintage accessories at Old Hat.
     


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    if you get thirsty, have a pint of Fuellers at the Red Lion on York St, right off of Jermyn, adjacent to Trumpers.
     


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