It’s always interesting to meet new clients both for ready to wear and made to measure suits. The last few weeks have been a busy period for TravellingTailor.co.uk and I’ve met many new customers across the country.
I’ve travelled the width of the country measuring, fitting and delivering suits for clients. This has involved working bank holidays, weekends and evenings as well as normal working hours.
One Bank Holiday saw me visiting the Fylde Coast to fit and deliver two made to measure suits for clients as this was the best time for them. Saturdays have become a ‘normal’ working day for me recently. I’ve visited clients for both made to measure suits and ready to wear suits for 4 out of the last 5 weekends.
I’ve visited quite a few clients on an evening as well to help them with their menswear needs. In fact, the idea behind TravellingTailor.co.uk is working well, basically I will come and see you when the time is best for you.
This ethos was brought home to me on a recent visit to a client. It was a Saturday morning and the client was wanting a Made to Measure Suit for a special function but also to be used for work later.
I drove to South Yorkshire to meet my client in the comfort of his own home. Once there, he looked at some of the over 800 sample swatches that I had to show him. After a while he selected a stunning Super 150’s Huddersfield cloth that he and his wife had both liked.
After selecting a suitable lining and discussing the various style details available for made to measure suits, I measured him. It was at this point that I enquired how he had found me and why he chose TravellingTailor.co.uk for his new suit. It was simple he said.
“I looked at many websites and loved the idea that you were prepared to come and see me, at my house and on a Saturday. I’m self-employed and if I don’t work, I don’t earn. So it was great that someone would come to visit me and in my own time.”
The sentiments expressed in that statement sums up the TravellingTailor.co.uk ethos – perfectly.
Black Friday offers come a week early and stay longer on made to measure suits and jackets from TravellingTailor.co.uk.
Black Friday this year (2017) falls on Friday 24th November but TravellingTailor.co.uk have launched their own Black Friday a week early. What’s more, the offers will last until Christmas.
In total there are 4 Black Friday special offers available to clients wanting made to measure men’s suits and jackets they are:
Customers own cloth.
£30 off any 2 or 3 piece made to measure suit made from customers own cloth.
Got a spare suit length in your wardrobe or access to cloth? Why not have a 2 or 3 piece made to measure suit from it. All you need to do is supply the cloth, TravellingTailor.co.uk will proved all the linings and trimmings. It couldn’t be easier.
£50 off any made to measure sports jacket using cloth from any of the TravellingTailor.co.uk bunches.
Whether you’re looking for a Tweed Jacket, a Tuxedo or a Lambswool jacket, we have many patterns to choose from. Simply call TravellingTailor.co.uk to arrange for a consultation and you’ll receive a £50 discount on our book prices for any order placed before 23rd December 2017.
£75 off any 2 piece made to measure suit selected from the TravellingTailor.co.uk cloth bunches.
With over 1000 cloth samples to choose from a 2 piece made to measure suit from the TravellingTailor.co.uk cloth bunches makes a wonderful Christmas present for a loved one. And now with £75 off our book prices it also makes a great Black Friday offer. Why not call Michael on 01484 511088 to discuss your made to measure suit requirements?
£100 off a 3 piece made to measure suit using cloth from the TravellingTailor.co.uk bunches*
A 3 piece suit consists of a jacket, trousers and a waistcoat and now you can get £100 off a travellingtailor.co.uk made to measure 3 piece suit. As with our 2 piece suits, we’ve over 1000 cloth samples for you to choose from.
*Don’t want a 3 piece but would still like £100 off? Well, travellingtailor.co.uk will honour the £100 off any 2 piece made to measure suit from our bunches if you want an extra pair of trousers. This offer is ideal for anyone wanting a made to measure suit for work.
Offers available up until Saturday 23rd December 2017. You must mention this offer at the time of measuring to take advantage of it.
Simply telephone Michael on 07885 298700 to arrange a visit to discuss your made to measure suit requirements.
TravellingTailor.co.uk will travel up to 60 miles radius from out base in Huddersfield to provide made to measure garments for clients.
As the rest of the UK sets off on their Summer holidays, the Cricket season gets into full swing and the Premier League football season is yet to start, it’s time to start thinking ahead about your Winter wardrobe.
With a travellingtailor made to measure suit taking around 6-8 weeks to be ready for you to wear, now is the time to look at fabrics for your new Autumn/Winter suit. Any suit commissioned in the next few weeks should be ready for the end of September or the beginning of October. Just in time for the dark colder months.
Tweed suits are always popular in the darker colder months due to its weight and has been a mainstay of ‘fashion’ for the last few years. Here at TravellingTailor.co.uk we have a wonderful selection of Tweed patterns to choose from.
Whilst Tweed is great for those less formal events, it might not be right for the business or corporate look. This more formal requirement is where Flannel comes into the picture and it’s all set to become the ‘hot’ fashion look.
Just this week one of our major suit fabric suppliers introduced is to a whole new pattern bunch dedicated to Flannel’s.
Plains, stripped and checked Flannel in a variety of colours and shades. From Prince of Wales to Window Pane checks, business stripes and slightly more casual pastel plains, this bunch has them all.
Why not contact us to discuss your new winter wardrobe and a Flannel Suit?
As a Travelling Tailor offering made to measure suits to my clients, I often get asked to advise them as to which cloth is the most suitable for their needs.
Recently I had a client who traveled the world on business and who not only needs to look smart but also needs fabrics suitable for warmer climates.
He was looking for a made to measure business suit. It had to be light weight and cool to wear but it couldn’t be linen as that tends to crease.
So which cloth would I recommend?
The answer to his dilemma was a Mohair suit.
Mohair is a cloth that is not to dissimilar to Silk in appearance as it has a lustre to it. It’s derived from the fleece of the Angora Goat and when mixed with pure new wool and Trevira it is very resilient to creasing.
A Mohair suit will be sharp, not just to the touch but also in its drape, holding a crease perfectly. It’s one of the most luxurious of cloths and is often used in evening dress.
Cool to wear in warmer climes, Mohair is also very comfortable to wear when it’s humid as it has a wicking property to it.
My client chose (to my mind) the perfect made to measure business suit. It was a plain navy blue Kid Mohair, Wool & Trevira mix and only 8oz in weight.
That said, a Mohair suit isn’t just for business wear. Because it can be dyed very successfully, it’s often used in suits that have a fashion element to them.
Think of the MOD’s with their two tone Tonic suits. Think of Tuxedo’s with a lurex thread. Indeed, think of any sharp looking suit and the chances are it’s made with Mohair.
TravellingTailor.co.uk can offer you a wonderful selection of over 50 Custom Mohair cloths to choose from.
Whether you want plain, check, stripe or Tonic, we can supply you with the perfect made in England cloth for your needs.
It’s a statement often made to clients. It was even on both the old Laurie Hopkins Menswear website as well as being on the new Travelling Tailor website.
When it’s said ‘You’re unique; why isn’t your suit’ just what does that mean? Obviously there are many style details you can incorporate in your suit to make it unique to you.
Real working cuffs for instance.
Feature button holes where we coordinate one or more of your button holes (cuff or flower) with your choice of lining colour.
Pocket styles; Straight, slanting or extreme slanting.
Side or centre vents.
The number of ways you can make your made to measure suit unique to you are vast however today I encountered a first.
Last week I visited a cloth suppliers to purchase a suit length for a clients made to measure suit. Whilst there, the cloth supplier showed me a new and exciting pattern bunch they had produced. This bunch was made up of designs that were exclusive to them.
Later in the week I visited a second client who was looking for something different. He was wanting ‘something that not many people would have and that was as unique as he was!’
My client asked me to show him the new bunch. He quite literally could have chosen any number of cloths out of this bunch, he liked most of them. In the end he chose a cloth and today I went to purchase the suit length for his new made to measure suit.
Whilst collecting the cloth I mentioned to my supplier how the client loved the bunch to which he replied ‘Well he might like to know that he’s the first person in THE WORLD to have a suit made from that cloth, it’s so new.’
So when I say ‘You’re Unique; why isn’t your suit?’ I really do mean that your next made to measure suit could be like no other in the world.
If you’re looking for a made to measure suit in Yorkshire or Lancashire then our Travelling Tailor service is probably right for you.
Based in Huddersfield, Michael Hopkins of TravellingTailor.co.uk is happy to travel up to 60 miles to measure clients for their suits. The image above shows you the radius from our office.
Michael carries pattern bunches from many of the top Yorkshire Mills and cloth merchants. He can show you Super 100’s, Super 120’s through to Super 160’s. Mohair’s, Cashmere’s, Linen’s and Tweeds. He also has a speciality Tuxedo and Dinner Suit pattern bunch for those who like something a little different.
But I’ve got my own cloth?That’s no problem. Coming from Huddersfield, the home of cloth, Michael is used to his clients having their own cloth. In fact, he quite often makes suits for the Directors of the local mills.
What if I live further afield than the 60 miles?Why not contact us to discuss your made to measure suit requirements, we can and have accommodated clients beyond this range.
Telephone Michael on 01484 511088 to discuss how Travelling Tailor can help you.
Spring is the best time to arrange your made to measure summer wardrobe with linen’s and cottons.
Perfect for warmer weather linen is probably the most misunderstood of fabrics. It is the most comfortable of cloths, it is perfect for warm weather and travelling and whilst it creases because it’s linen, no one cares.
Here at travellingtailor.co.uk we have a fantastic range of Irish linen and Cotton’s in striped, checked or plain patterns which are perfect for a Summer wedding, those getting married abroad, travelling in or for anyone who simply loves wearing linen.
You are an individual, why would you choose to wear a mass produced ‘one style’ fits all suit? With a made to measure suit you are getting a suit that is specifically designed, styled, cut, tailored and fitted for you. As we often say, ‘you’re unique, why isn’t your suit?’
#2 It’s all about the fit
Your tailor understands that your made to measure suit is all about the fit and when we say that, we really mean that, whether you want a skinny fit, a slim fit, a regular fit or a more generous fitting suit, we can accommodate your wishes, after all, your new suit is made to measure, that’s your measurements and not a pre-determined industry specific standard fit.
#3 Choice, why limit yourself?
With literally 100’s of cloth and lining patterns as well as style details and fits, your choice of made to measure suit is limited only by your imagination unlike ready to wear when you’re limited to what a buyer has decided to stock or a supplier has decided to offer the buyer.
Want a Cerise Pink suit? Not a problem. Want pleated trousers, that’s easy. Oh, and I would like a matching waistcoat – you’ve got it!
#4 Call that a lining?
There is an old joke that does the rounds within the tailoring profession and it goes like this:
The Tailors wife is walking through the local park when a man jumps out from behind a bush, opens his raincoat and flashes her. She stands there aghast and says ‘Call that a lining?’
But all jokes aside, often the lining of a suit can say as much about a man as the cut and cloth the outer is made from. A well thought out lining can transform a suit and your tailor will have an extensive range of patterned, shot and plain linings for you to choose from.
#5 Don’t get caught out in the trouser department.
Think about how you wear a suit, for the majority of people, it’s the trousers that get the most wear. You may work in an office environment where you hang your suit jacket up as soon as you get to work or you might have to travel long distances in a car where you again take your jacket off and hang it up – having the ability to get a second or third pair of trousers made will prolong the life of your suit.
Many of our clients have a second pair of trousers made at the time of ordering a made to measure suit as wearing each pair alternatively will add a great deal of service your suit. However, you don’t have to have a second pair made at the time of ordering your suit, for the majority of fabrics your tailor will carry are in pattern bunches, the mills will keep producing further quantities of cloth for many years to come meaning that a year or two down the line, if you should need a replacement pair of trousers your tailor probably can still make these for you.
#6 Power dressing isn’t just about stripes and shoulder pads
As a child of the 60’s I saw quite a lot of ‘Power Dressing’ during my teenage years in the 80’s with bold stripes and shoulder pads considered the norm but the old notion of power dressing has become out dated and has been replaced by confidence dressing and nothing can give you more confidence than a made to measure suit.
Knowing you’re dressed well, knowing that people will recognise that you’ve taken the time to consider your clothes, the design and how it fits does give you a confidence boost and in today’s competitive workplace, any boost you can get has to be welcome.
#7 Fashions fade, style is eternal
As Yves Saint Laurent once famously said, “Fashion fades, style is eternal” and a made to measure suit gives you style in abundance.
Made to measure is all about style, the style you choose, it’s not dictated to or controlled by fashion which is only around for a season or two at the most. A made to measure suit can be whatever you choose it to be because it’s you who dictates the fashion element within the garments and you who control the style, you are the designer.
#8 Help, I need somebody, help
Your tailor is there to help you, after all they want you to come back time after time, they want you to think of their name, their brand as soon as you consider a new suit and so your tailor will help you as much as they can with cloth selection, style details and fit.
Your tailor will have had years and years of experience in measuring clients, in advising them about the suitability of certain cloths over others dependent on your own requirements, use this experience, get the most out of your suit and you will be back for more.
#9 Cut your cloth accordingly.
Whilst a made to measure suit isn’t the cheapest option, it doesn’t have to be the most expensive either. In general, the main variable in the price of a made to measure suit is the cost of the cloth and unlike a ready to wear suit where you might be paying a hefty excess simply for a label, made to measure is really all about the cloth.
Whether you choose the least expensive cloth your tailor will show you or the most expensive, the cost to make your suit is often the same with the cost of the cloth being the only difference. Many tailors will also offer a CMT (cut, make and trim) service where you can bring your own cloth to them to be made into a suit.
This allows you to quite literally ‘cut your cloth accordingly’
#10 It fits, it’s the best I’ve tried, it’ll do !
Walking through a Department Store one day I witnessed a man trying a sports jacket on, he looked in the mirror and said to his wife ‘It fits, it’s the best I’ve tried, it’ll do !’
I looked across and the man in question was wearing a jacket which had sleeves that were at least 1” too long and the shoulders were far too wide for him, in truth he was wearing a jacket that was at least half a size too big for him but as he said ‘it was the best’ he’d tried.
Made to measure is exactly what it says, it’s made to your measurements, your body shape and not to some generic size that designers believe you should be or in truth that manufacturers produce because it accommodates a variety of body shapes.
This ‘one size fits all shapes’ approach was often brought home to me when we used to measure wedding parties for hire suits. We would have groups of 6 or 7 young men all of a similar age group but who were quite obviously different body shapes however, when they were measured for their hire suits, they often would all have very similar ‘off the peg’ garment sizes with the inside leg being the only difference.
These garments would quite obviously fit some shapes better than others but were the best possible fit from the limited range of ready to wear sizes available, the same is so with off the peg suits, they fit – after a fashion.
Don’t settle on something because ‘it’s the best you’ve tried’ get a suit that really fits your bodies size and shape, get made to measure.
If you’re interested in learning more about TravellingTailor.co.uk and their made to measure garments in Yorkshire and Lancashire contact Michael on 01484 511088
Here at www.travellingtailor.co.uk we have (in association with Laurie Hopkins Menswear, Lindley) been offering the good people of Yorkshire one of the finest Made to Measure Suit experiences for over 30 years.
We have built up a reputation and a client list from all over the county with customers from Huddersfield (naturally), Holmfirth, Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, Halifax, Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley.
TravellingTailor.co.uk is our new conception, we’ve taken all the quality of a Laurie Hopkins Menswear made to measure suit and taken it on the road. We now make having a made to measure suit measured and fitted so much easier by visiting you either at home or in your office.
We understand that in today’s fast paced work environment time really is money and so to save you both time and money, we’ve put our made to measure service out onto the road.
Simply ring Michael on 01484 511088 or 07885 298700 to book an appointment that is mutually convenient, then at the allotted time, Michael will visit you to discuss your Made to Measure suit requirements, show you our fine selection of Yorkshire cloths, discuss the style and fit you desire and measure you, it really is that simple to start the ball rolling and book our visiting tailor service in Yorkshire.