So you’re in the market for a suit. That’s not all, you also want to enjoy a “Kingsman” worthy bespoke experience in the process. No shame in admitting that we tend to enjoy the process more than the very output itself. With enough ‘Googling’ I’m sure you’re no stranger to the term Savile Row. The ‘Bespoke Galore’ of London is famous for tailors like Henry Poole & Co. and Huntsman & Sons and the famous clients they served. However, their X-factor relies on the remarkable experience. While we don’t all live in Mayfair District, it doesn’t necessarily mean that local bespoke experience is any lesser than the original stuff. But you must know what to look for…
Good Engagement Is Key To Bespoke Experience
In any retail situation, a mutual level of engagement is crucial. Otherwise, it’s going to be a hard business to do with the person behind the counter. The situation is much more difficult when you have to entrust the person to make you a suit from scratch without proper communication.
Newbies Need Extra Guidance From Tailors
Often we are convinced that we have to don something branded. As though that assures the comfort of an outfit. Besides, our minds have become accustomed to thinking that way because of the famous red carpet question. “Who are you wearing today?” On the contrary, bespoke is not about how famous the tailor is but about the person that is going to be wearing the suit.
The Experience Is About You
“You are going to be wearing the suit, the suit is not wearing you.”Joe Morgan, a Savile Row bespoke tailor of Chittleborough & Morgan
Well said, Mr Morgan! A tailor’s artwork is nothing if it isn’t something that looks good on you. Say, this is the first time you’re getting a bespoke suit or any kind of suit at all. Any newbie getting their first suit will be uncertain about what they would possibly want to be made.
Given that bespoke suits are an expensive investment, it is safe to say that some level of intimidation is natural. An expert tailor, one who has exposure to various clients, will know that knowing his audience is crucial. As Bernhard Roetzel said in An Essay On Bespoke, a tailor that is polite is more preferable than one who is comfortable scrutinising the craftsmanship of a suit.
Clear Communication Is Crucial To Good Output
Clear communication is just as much pivotal as the precision of the stitches to a suit. Any decent tailor would ask you important questions. For example, where you’re going to be wearing the suit, and the level of formality of the suit. However, a fine tailor would be keen to know about your lifestyle and more about you.
Sometimes a good conversation can benefit in more ways than just great results. A more in-depth and synchronised conversation like that would eventually lead customers to become friends with their tailors. This is one of the splendid things that bespoke tailorings offer.
Bespoke Comes In Variety
Men and women of the 21st century often prefer fashion from the famous eras of the 1980s and before. Some would prefer the slim cut of modern suits that fits a more professional environment. On the contrary, some may prefer a much more full-fledged dandy lifestyle of the yesteryears. (Yes, complete with the pocket watch and bowler hat).
But most often than not, if you seldom wear suits then chances are you probably don’t know what you want in the first place. Given that there is clear communication, a good tailor will help shortlist styles that will be suitable for you. Even better, he can make one that you enjoy wearing. Again, a bespoke suit is an investment, so it should be something that you want to wear more than once.
Fabric Swatch In The Early Stages
Offering varieties also include other nitty-gritty details of a suit, such as the fabric. For instance, a tailor can simply list down his/her suggestions of fabric for a suit. But then, the suit is being bespoken for you and active participation on your side is essential too. It’s a common sartorial culture that a tailor goes through various fabric swatches with the client in the early stages of tailoring a suit. That means you can always touch and feel other variants if you want to.
Maybe you want to touch and feel what a cashmere feels like and prove if it lives up to its ‘red carpet’ chronicles. Now, imagine a rather snooty tailor refusing to show one. That is, of course, an exaggerated scenario, but the picture here is that you would want to explore the general aesthetic of the sartorial world.
Atmosphere Intrigues The Bespoke Experience
I am an avid reader and a shameless book hoarder. I not only enjoy hoarding books on my shelf. Walking around bookstores is part of the joy, for me. Oh, the smell of the fresh pages wafting around me. On the other hand, buying online takes only a couple of clicks. Voilà, your purchase is on its way. Sure, it is convenient and easy. But at the end of the day, there is much less significance to a book when a postman delivers it as opposed to one that I took time to shop.
A Tailor’s Shop Is His Gallery
Let’s not get astray with books, but it is similar when it comes to a tailor’s shop. The layout of the shop may not be essential to how the suit will turn out. But ‘packaging is everything’ and a little aesthetic will not hurt the overall experience. If anything, it only makes you want to go back and enjoy the gorgeous displays.
Furthermore, Leow Ho Keng, a tailor from Sayap Bespoke even confessed that sometimes walk-in customers end up bespeaking a suit after a detour around their shop. I would guess that a good display creates enough intrigue that can make us impulsive. Oops… Look out for that!
Sayap Bespoke: Savile Row At Home
Sayap Bespoke is a Malaysian bespoke tailoring establishment that ticks pretty much all the above factors to give you a Savile Row experience. Disclaimer, anything bespoken comes with the small baggage of imperfection. Perfection is hard to deliver. But their brand relies on small sentimental things like how they hand-stitch all the suits.
Their nostalgic gallery is rooted in Ipoh, Perak. Apart from the wide array of fabric and ornate accessories that they offer, their expertise also comes in luxurious variety such as a full canvas and Milanese buttonholes. Not to mention the beautiful layout of their gallery gives off a luxurious vibe.
Build A Classic Wardrobe
In three words, Sayap Bespoke is nostalgic, dandy, and high-end. All the things fit for a fine wardrobe. Call and book an appointment with Sayap Bespoke for a consultation session (or a detour) or just drop by their gallery for a visit! Expect nothing less than the real deal with Sayap Bespoke.
Contact number: +605 547 9955