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Justin, "The Shoe Snob"

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bespoke Suits Have Ruined Me!!

Because I am such a shoe whore, going bespoke on them hasn't really made me want to only do that, although I would prefer it. But having had a bespoke suit made, wearing it, feeling and seeing the difference not only in fit, but in the way that it makes me feel has made me never want to go for anything less. Yet wanting champagne on a beer's budget has always been a problem and will be for at least the next what do I do? Well, dream for up money for two and swindle my way into another great deal to get one on a beer's budget! However that's not as easy as it sounds....will have to do some trading of sorts. But this is definitely one thing that I like about London. Here it's like the caveman days, before money existed and people traded fish for banana's, where many artisans will say, 'you make me this and I will make you that.' Great for saving on a few bucks, but then definitely takes some time to produce. I guess you have to calculate what is more important, your time or your money. Either way, I love this about London and the rag/shoe trade in general....Let's all exchange our products and rep them to people who ask! Sounds great to me and am therefore thinking of a nice navy 3-piece chalk-stripe flannel for my next one! Boo-Yow!!

(Socks are pink, not white, nor will they ever be white)

Shoes: J.FitzPatrick
Suit: Chittleborough & Morgan
Tie: E.G. Capelli for Linkson Jack
Shirt: Primark


  1. Check out that handmade buttonhole in the second pic. Beautiful suit.

  2. Lovely suit; and tie. And interesting shoes. The shirt is a disgrace of course.

  3. jacket of your suit looks great .. its hard to get a peak lapel to look balanced with a SB jacket so respect to whoever made that for you ..can you share the name of cutter who made that for you?


  4. +1 on Alex B:s comment. At least drop by TM Lewin, the rest of the outfit is ashamed to be in its company.

  5. Anon1 - Thank you sir!

    Alex B & Anon3 - the funny thing is that I could tell all of you that the shirt was made by G&H and both of you would be none the wiser....I have had shirts by high end company's that were lower quality... don't be fooled by a brand name

    Anand - Roy Chittleborough cut the jacket...


  6. Perhaps, but YOU know. Anyway, the curly collar gives it away.

    I still think you should ask one of your tailor friends to knock you up a nice pair of old-fashioned black sleeve protectors/oversleeves.

    As well as protecting your non-Primark shirts from your excellent wax polish and suchlike, they will complement the artisan look of your apron most beautifully.

    Further to Mr Anonymous(2)'s advice, I agree: I've had some very serviceable shirts from Lewin, Tyrwhitt etc., for under £20 in the sale (slim fits available too!). There is no excuse for Primark. Not for a man of your calibre. Charles Fuckwit and the like might not be the most prestigious brands, but at least they have proper collars.


  7. I forgot to ask: of course your suit was a barter arrangement, and a splendid one too. But what sort of price range is C&M bespoke? Their style is very original and I like it.

  8. Justin,

    Looks pretty good, love the cut!

    So, what body part did you actually traded in the end?


  9. Apart from that shirt, you look absolutely superb. While I don't dispute your comments about shirt `labels`,, I have found that Harvey & Hudson RTW would not have let you down.

  10. Alex B - this suit was actually not a barter arrangement....let's just say that I got lucky by knowing the right people....but to answer your question, I believe (but don't quote me on this) that they start at about £3000...

    Moi - Thank you sir! Traded my mind....

    Anon - I appreciate that....never hear of H&H...will have to look them up!




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