BESPOKE, Adjective, British: Ordered, commissioned, arranged for. First cited in 1607” Oxford English Dictionary, 1909.

The term ‘Bespoke’ has to be one of the most overused and misunderstood words in the English language. In the context of tailoring it denotes a garment that is made for you and you only.

 

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THE BESPOKE PROCESS

The Bespoke process is the pinnacle and calling card of any tailor. The placing of a bespoke order with Timothy Everest will deliver the client a wholly unique, individual sartorial masterpiece with over 70 hours of manpower poured into every garment.

At the first stage a consultation will be arranged where the client is measured by one of our experienced cutters who notes down all the individual’s details and measurements required to construct a completely personalised pattern from scratch.

Once the stylistic needs of the client have been addressed, cloth selected from the hundreds available from the finest mills and suppliers an order is placed. The Cutter then lays a paper pattern onto the selected cloth length, which he chalks (strikes) and cuts 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 to form 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 make adjustments for a perfect fit.

The garment is then returned to the workshop. 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 client’s needs and the number of fittings required by the individual to suit his or her schedule.

As an alternative to our stores in Mayfair and Shoreditch, 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, Toronto, LA and Tokyo.

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