Dating from the 17th Century, gentlemen of high social standing would commission their personal tailor to craft an outfit that reflected their importance. It was an agreement between gentlemen and endorsed by a handshake, therefore it had 'been spoken for'.
Today, the word bespoke is used by a multitude of businesses to describe a ‘one off’ and highly individual item. A bespoke garment is made for you and you only.
The Bespoke Process
In offering a truly unique experience, the Timothy Everest bespoke process is carried out at a discreet location in a quiet side street in Spitalfields, London. In the comfort of an 18th Century Georgian townhouse one can feel at ease to discuss individual sartorial needs over a cup of tea, flute of champagne, tumbler of whisky or whatever takes your fancy.
As the door opens, the curtain goes up and the journey begins!
A bespoke garment from Timothy Everest is designed and made exclusively for the individual client in question. With our guidance the client can select a desired style, cloth, trims and garment internal details ultimately creating their own individual look.
Whether it is the most beautiful worsted wool from Yorkshire or a luxurious mohair from Biella, we carry the finest selection of fabric sourced from the most exclusive mills and cloth merchants around the world.
During this initial consultation the client is measured by one of our experienced cutters who notes down all the individual’s details and measurements required to construct a personalised pattern. Once this initial consultation is complete and the order commissioned, the magic behind the scenes begins to unfold.
The Cutter lays a paper pattern onto the selected cloth length, which he chalks and cuts (strikes) producing a series of cloth shapes, which are bundled for trimming. Once prepared with the appropriate trimmings such as canvases, buttons and linings, the components are given to the specialist craftsman. They will then construct a baste garment in their field of expertise, whether it be a jacket, waistcoat or trousers. (A baste is a hand sewn and tacked garment which forms a skeleton of the finished item).
The Fitting and Finishing
In the first fitting the client will try on the initial baste garment. The tailor will then note any fit or style adjustments which need to be made; pinning and chalking the baste garment in the process.
Once fitting has been perfected, the garment will then be recreated to the exacted measurements that have been tweaked in the first fitting; canvas and shaping will be built into the garment and details such as pockets will be added. It can take up to ten craftsmen to create a bespoke suit including a cutter, striker, trimmer, coat maker, waistcoat and trouser maker.
After the suit has been crafted, a second fitting will follow to check the finished garment. Further fittings may follow if the client requires.
The fitting and construction process can take anywhere from 5-8 weeks depending on the clients needs and the number of fittings required by the individual to suit his or her schedule.
As an alternative to our Bespoke Atelier or Mayfair store, fittings may take place at the location of your convenience. Our tailors travel internationally in order to suit the schedules of our busy clientele and make regular stop-overs in New York, LA and Japan.
We post many of our bespoke commissions on the Timothy Everest blog.
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