Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Fragrances for Christmas

Liz and I have conducted a review of fragrance for men that we could suggest as a Christmas present or a Christmas treat for yourself....

The wickedly decadent 'Kilian' which is a series of luxury niche fragrances established by Kilian Hennessy grandson of the founder of Hennessy Cognac..

There are male and unisex fragrance... The Male fragrances are 'A Taste of Heaven' and 'Straight to Heaven' both are beautifully rich and woody... and the unisex fragrance 'Back to Black' Liaisons Dangereuses' and 'Cruel Intentions' are equally delicious. They are packaged in refillable bottles in lacquered boxes with lock and key. All or most are available from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and the 'Kilian' website...

Our other favourites a little less expensive than Kilian is Tom Ford's 'Tobacco Vanille' and 'Tuscan Leather' both guaranteed to make men smell every bit as good as Tom ( That's got to be a good thing... right!!).

Monday, 28 November 2011

Luxury gifts for him for less!

Just to give you some ideas as to what I will be buying my husband, my son and my brother-in-law this Christmas.

1. For watching rugby and harsh weather condition the Barbour Quilted Wax Hunter Hat £35 from Selfridges........looks cool and does the job well...bring on the Six nations!

2. Uniqlo, S.Oliver and Banana Republic are offering crew neck, v neck jumpers and cardigans in cashmere and merino wool without breaking the bank!

3. John Lewis are doing a really great watch box this Christmas in smart leather, it holds up to 5 watches and can also be used for storing cufflinks and keepsakes!

Of course it goes without saying that when it comes to shirts look no further then our shirt shop online, download an e voucher and let that special someone select his own present

before or after the 25th...

Happy shopping!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Often asked question!

Once again in the fitting room last Saturday we were asked 'should I wear a two or three button suit?' So lets put keyboard to screen and clear this up to all you blog readers!

It depends on 3 things: body type, lifestyle and trend factor...

The three button suit is a good option for men who are 6ft and over. The jacket buttons reach higher up on the chest which makes it more comfortable and visually appealing on taller men. However, NEVER do up the bottom button and if you are going to wear a waistcoat with the jacket, this is a must.
Wearing the jacket with narrow trousers it's on trend for the retro 60s look, however when investing in good tailoring it is a good idea to stay classic.
3 Button Suite
The frame lengthening properties of a two button suit makes it an enduring classic ideal for those of us who don't quite hit the 6ft mark and may be carrying an extra pound or two. Either way an impeccably tailored two button suit that lacks any unnecessary extras is timeless... however, even worn in rotation, any suit over 5 years old will need to be replaced to make sure you look current!

Got that? ...Good!

Monday, 15 August 2011

London Restaurant Scene

I was at 'The Ivy' restaurant in town on Friday for a spot of lunch. Apart from being horrified at the price of shepherds pie (£17+) and realising it does look a bit shabby these days (and there wasn't a celebrity to be seen), what really caught my eye was the state of the gentleman's summer attire. I know it's casual dress code but do we have to look like the Americans? I'm sorry but by and large this is the country that style forgot, their mantra being 'as long as it is comfortable'!

To be honest there was an exception of a table of rather 'happy' city types. One was dressed in a beautiful lightweight mid navy suit with an open necked pink fitted shirt, another two with classic blazers and smart open necked shirts....honestly they were a breathe of fresh air and that's saying something for city types!
Stylish classic blazer with an open necked shirt

Gents give us a call. Whatever the dress code, Liz and I will suggest mixing High Street and Bespoke if it is appropriate. Asked nicely we will even do a spot of personal shopping for those timed challenged or clueless, trendy or classic... but oh... do give a care!!!!!!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Bespoke Tailoring for Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps

We have just received a phone call from Wycombe Wanderers and the London Wasps Rugby Team. They would like to meet us and discuss our beautiful bespoke suits for their boys!
Wycombe Wanderers

I must confess to attending quite a few Wasp club dinners/award nights/testimonials. We always had a great time, especially when Lol was there, but the club suits on all those bulging muscles and big necks, oh dear. We have so longed to dress them in our beautiful suits and shirts. Football players are a little slimmer so we can really play with style for them.

London Wasps

Fingers crossed, lets hope making them look great will reflect in this seasons results for both teams. We will keep you posted!

Looking Stylish at Events this Summer

Well here we are mid July already and what a busy, lucky girl I am! With Queens, Wimbledon, Henley Regatta, Henley Festival and the British grand Prix (to name a few) I have been fair run off my feet. But I do love the British Summer scene, come rain or shine, it cannot be duplicated... just like our suits!

Photograph: Tom Jenkins

At Wimbledon I was sitting a few seats down from the lovey George Lamb, who is somewhat of a fashion icon these days. He was wearing the classic navy blazer with tan narrow summer trousers, albeit the blazer was the trendy shorter length (being a tall guy, it looked liked he had just grown out of it) and the lovely tan trousers were rolled up and worn with espadrilles, but it just goes to show a beautiful blazer, fitted shirt and light summer trousers just cannot be improved upon!  I'll drink to that... Cheers George!

George Lamb

Monday, 4 April 2011

Go Green for Spring... Recycle and Revitalise your favourite Jacket or Blazer

Maybe you have a perfectly good jacket, but the trousers are worn, while we couldn't match the jacket to new trousers, we can give the jacket a new lease of life with some new buttons, maybe an embroidered buttonhole, this would give it a stylish new look to work with casual trousers or jeans!

Of course the same works on blazers, if yours is slightly out of date a quick revamp could give it a new lease of life.

Click here to contact us about a wardrobe revamp

Monday, 17 January 2011

A New Look for a New Year!

Congratulations to Chris Dean and Chris Gibon, our first (and second) IDB grooms of the year.  Chris G is getting married in a beautiful local church and Chris D is off to Jamaica to marry in the same place that he proposed...very romantic!

For the rest of us back in the gloomy winter weather, it is time to be looking forward to the New Year, we are keeping our prices steady a bespoke mens pure wool lightweight suit £400 and our beautiful executive wool/cashmere mens bespoke suit for only £440.

A positive attitude and a fresh look that not only makes us look good, but  feel great as well, it  is exactly what the doctor ordered to fight the weather and the financial climate!

If funds are a bit tight immediately after Christmas, a few of our stunning mens bespoke tailored shirts will give last years suit a fresh feel.

'I've put on a bit of weight' I here you say, well, contact us and let us alter your waistbands for you, don't just leave your clothes in the wardrobe unused.

Either way take stock of your wardrobe, take stock of ourselves and move onwards and upwards!

Here's to a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2011 !

See you soon