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SUITS YOU let’s step it up. Wills is getting hitched and there is an air of ceremonious pomp about things, time we bought a suit, don’t you think? A suit is to a man what a good handbag is to a lady, a necessity yet a luxury, utilitarian but extravagant. The suit can be a man’s best friend but finding the right one can be a gent’s worst nightmare. So, here’s what to do. A tailor-made bespoke suit needn’t drag you to london’s Saville Row, Manchester’s own James Personal Tailor & Son offers a bespoke tailor service tried and tested by the stars, from the likes of lionel Richie to Peter Kay. The bespoke process will see the suit’s development originate from your own personal style and ideas, guided by the expertise of either James or his son, Michael. The final product with be a unique piece that pays homage to traditional tailoring but also a piece that depicts your personal sense of style.

Red ETRO tie, £80. Purple Harvey Nichols Private Label, £40, both @ Harvey Nichols

Your first meeting will be an hour long consultation that aims to sketch out the main principals of the suit you desire. This is also the point at which you’ll be fully measured up. It is a good tip to have a good idea of the suit you have in mind; you should never expect a Tailor to know what you want. Wearing the shoes and shirt you will generally wear with the finished product will help as a guide to your sense of style. The meeting takes place in the wonderfully cluttered and eccentric office at the back of the Tailor’s in James Binney House on Cross Street. Once the ideas have been formulated the production will start with painstaking attention to detail and craftsmanship. A month later the suit coat and trouser will need to be tried on so that the finishing touches, like button height and cuff length, can be altered to your body. Another month on and the suit is ready for you to try on and take home, a quick service that doesn’t skimp on the quality. A two-piece suit with silk lining will cost around £795, a three-piece around £995.

Nudie Jeans T-Shirt, £45, @ Harvey Nichols

Not got the time for bespoke? Prefer a rummage through the exclusive rails of a designer store? Well, head to the new Hugo Boss flagship on New Cathedral Street. Hugo Boss, owned by Moss Bros., knows suiting and can offer an off-the-peg alternative to the bespoke route. The new store boasts the UK’s biggest Hugo Boss and offers the full range from Boss Black to something for the Kids. This striped suit by Boss Black is new for Spring/Summer 2011. The Summer Seascape theme takes the airy coastline of Australia and the liberal easiness of Sydney as its inspiration. This suit is a light weight durable option that would be perfect for during a more optimistic springtime day when worn with these Oliver Sweeny sandals. The look is easily adapted to night time by substituting the trousers for a pair of simple denim jeans and some high shine shoes from Oliver Sweeney. This grey suit offers something similarly relaxed and summery but leaning toward a slightly more corporate and office-friendly look. This is a distinctly urban slim line suit that shows the Hugo Boss look off to its ultimate best. The suit would be best when worn with a white or grey shirt, like this from Paul Smith, then team with a bold non-patterned tie; like these options from Harvey Nichols Private label and ETRO. This suit coat isn’t all about work and is suitable for weekend playtime when paired with a light T-shirt, like this Nudie Jeans Graffiti Tee, jeans and casual footwear.

Suit available soon @ Hugo Boss

Suit available soon @ Hugo Boss

Collating one’s wardrobe to reflect one’s personal style is difficult enough without having to account for tailoring. But, if you find the right ready-towear coat and trousers or create a masterpiece suit with the help of a Tailor you’ll have won the battle and the war, the rest will come naturally. Either that or find yourself a personal shopper pronto. Words by: Jordan McDowell

Oliver Sweeney south black pass leather sandal, £99, @ Oliver Sweeny

Oliver Sweeney London foster black high shine brogue shoe, £145, @ Oliver Sweeney


Paul Smith Poplin Shirt, £90 @ Harvey Nichols

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