Bespoke Tailoring during Lockdown

Like most industries, ours has been very much affected by the pandemic.

Our brand has been built through a lot of determination and dedication and we will NOT let this pandemic get us down.

Admittedly, Lock Down 1 was a SHOCKER. We did hardly any business in tailoring. With business and leisure travel, weddings, anniversary celebrations, graduation ceremonies curtailed or cancelled, and with many working from home (in cosy clothes rather than suits) people had very little reason to dress up. 

Luckily for us, we did have a ready to wear clothing online presence. I apologize in advance for the huge number of mailshots that I have sent over the last few months.  You see, when I send a mailshot, we always get more sales, and that is what has helped us survive so far. 

We were overwhelmed by the support you lot showed us.  Some of you even supported our brand during the lockdowns by purchasing vouchers online, in advance, for suits that you would have later. Buy now, be measured later.  We will be ever grateful to those clients.

 Every little bit of business helped our brand survive.

And then came the GB Face Mask. Gresham designed these in the summer of 2019 following a motorbike trip to Vietnam, where Gresham researched the best face mask to wear on his journey. He then went on to use this design for a photoshoot we did in the summer of 2019 to showcase our SS2020 collections.

Our Spring Summer 2020 Campaign, photograph taken in Summer 2019, I mean, who knew!

Little did we know how poignant this would be in the next year ahead. This year, after much debate on our part, we decided to manufacture the GB Face Mask. We knew that we would be able to offer an outstanding product for the market and we could make them look good too. We have been overwhelmed by how well these have been received. This product has also kept our business alive.

But it is the actual hands-on Bespoke Tailoring that we have missed so much.  The one-to-one consultations.  The ‘catch-ups’ we had with our friendly clients. 

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Gresham measuring the super cool D-Double E in our London Consulting Rooms

At the peak of the Lockdown One, we had to ask ourselves: how important could a suit be during these times?

A suit is worthy of investments more than ever to those who appreciate its utility and value.

Whilst we have all realized that less is more in our lives, unlike fast fashion, which is dependent on trends, a Bespoke Suit with a superior material, proper construction and ample care can be worn to last for years.

Gresham fitting Mr. Coogan in our Brighton Consulting Rooms

In the months that we were allowed to open, we observed more and more people suiting up, couples being more decisive than ever with their wedding plans and their intention to tie the knot sooner rather than later.

Definitely a case of, ‘Love wins, and life must go on.’

We LOVED getting back into hands on tailoring.

The GB Tailoring Team ✂️

So now we are in Lock Down 3. In anticipation of better days (vaccines are now being rolled out), Team GB would like to remind you, that even though we are shut, our appointment diary is open.

We have adapted and are confidently able to use video messaging such as Zoom or WhatsApp, so that we can initially meet virtually and go through style and design and cloths.

Fal Blake having an Online Consultation with Harry for his wedding suit.

Nathalie, having an online consult with Steve who is prepping to look smart after Lock Down 3.

A ‘Virtual Appointment’ can get the whole thing started. In a way, its a great way to begin to design your suit as there is so much to think about in having your perfect suit and this way you will get the time to really be able to research, with our help.

Following your ‘Virtual Appointment’ we will schedule the production time into our workshop plans, so that as soon as we are able to open, and you can come in to be measured, we will have everything ready for you.

This is particularly important for those of you who may have an event on the horizon. If we can have an online consultation with you during Lock Down, we can narrow down cloth and design choices and also optimize our planning and production so that we can prioritise your suit.

Over Lockdown 3, we will be running a special promotion, that will ensure, that when life does return to normal, we will help you ensure you put ‘Your Best Foot Forward.’ By committing to a minimum spend of £1000 on a Bespoke Suit, and putting down a £500 deposit, online, we will make you a pair of Bespoke Shoes to complement your Bespoke Suit, worth £385. Alternatively, we will make you a waistcoat to go with your Bespoke Suit, free of charge.

If you would like to take advantage of this, simply CLICK on the image below.

Alternatively, BOOK your appointment in our Online Calendar and we will call you to discuss and give you more information

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We will then be in touch with you and schedule either a Video Call to discuss all your options and start making plans for the production of your suit.

At Gresham Blake, we are determined not to let our Sartorial Elegance fall.  As soon as we are allowed to open, the day-to-day fittings, consultations and measurements will be back on, utilizing 100% of the governments guidelines to ensure safety.  Until then, we can still part do the process virtually via Zoom. 

GB AVB+3 FACEMASK

GB New Collection Face Masks – have got even better!

New Design Mask with Virus Stop

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If you find yourself getting too hot in your face mask, you will be pleased to know, that we have developed an even safer mask that can be worn WITHOUT A FILTER, using integrated anti-bacterial and anti-viral technologies.

Introducing the GB AVB+3 Face Mask:

  • 3 cotton layers (+3)
  • First layer 100% droplet proof
  • All 3 layers treated with anti-viral (AV) and anti-bacterial (B) fabric treatment technology
  • Adjustable nose bridge
  • Adjustable elasticated straps
  • Chin panel for extra support and ‘tailored-fit’
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Washable and Reusable
  • Environmentally friendly
  • No Filter required
  • Passed ISO18184:2019, ISO20743: 2013 – standard Antiviral and anti-bacterial tests – these protect the cloth
  • Limited Edition Gresham Blake Exclusive Designs

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Can we make any health claims?

No, we do not make health claims. The antiviral technology is protection of the treated product, not the wearer.  Whether this is also beneficial for the user depends on many other factors.  A face mask will never stop viruses from going through it, but this technology will reduce the life of the virus. Does this mean in any way that we can say you stay healthy? Of course not. Can we say it is protection for the mask itself? Yes! And it will make your mask last longer too.

How does It work?

ViralStop helps reduce viral activity through the interaction with key proteins. Verified by test standard ISO18184:2019/ISO20743:2013

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GB BESPOKE 500

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A Bespoke Suit for £500, normally £1000

60+ Cloth designs to choose from…

“A GRESHAM BLAKE Exclusive”

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Steve Coogan looking dapper in a GB Bespoke

A made to measure bespoke suit is like no other. Until you have experienced the cut and feel of suit made especially for you, it is hard to understand what all the fuss is about…

Now for only £500 you can do exactly this! Be prepared to feel suitably suave.

We have identified 60+ cloth designs alongside our fabric merchants at a discounted price for you. These cloths have been selected on account of excess fabric due to the current climate in consequence of the pandemic. This is a brilliant opportunity to get yourself a long-awaited bespoke suit worth £1000, with loads of fabrics from Autumn/Winter 20 to Spring/Summer 20. Please mind that this offer is on a first come first serve basis and there is limited availability on the selected cloths.

A wide variety of plain, herringbones, wools, linens, checks and stripes available

Do not fret this is not just a black suit, we have an expanse of different cloths designs included in the selection which offers a wide range of different suiting from tweed to houndstooth and from check to herringbone, this bunch will definitely have you covered. These cloths include classic and fancy suit cloths, which are all an absolute steal and one you would be sorry to miss out on.

One of our lovely clients looking amazing in his GB Bespoke Suit

Why do you need a Bespoke Suit?

Bespoke suiting exudes personality and individuality in a way that sometimes an off the peg suit struggles to do with the same amount of success. Bespoke suiting boasts a plethora of exquisitely fine-tuned details that wouldn’t necessarily be thought of which can add a very personal edge to a suit that you will be certain to treasure forever.

A bespoke suit is definitely an emotional purchase, every element being hand-picked down to the last button, ensuring you walk away with a truly personalised garment. The premium quality of a bespoke suit will also contribute to the longevity of the garment, enabling it to be worn with confidence for many years. It is the epitome of an investment buy, one in which will enrich your sartorial endeavours and be a loyal companion to many a special occasion. So even if the suit was originally purchased for a particular event, you will find that it becomes a wardrobe essential in no time.

This offer really is an all-rounder, as this doubles up to be the perfect gift for someone special too. Whether it be Christmas or an upcoming birthday? You really can’t get a gift that is more personal to them!

Today, we’re sharing a guide to our bespoke tailoring process and the radical difference it makes when it’s time to shine.

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A force to be reckoned with, a suitably suave trio in their GB bespoke suits.

What is a Bespoke Suit?

Any clothing retailer can offer a suit that looks great off the peg. Yet, unless it’s designed to fit your exact measurements, it could end up both uncomfortable and unsightly once you try it on. 

That’s why it pays to invest in Bespoke Tailoring.

We have a team of Expert Tailors at both our Shoreditch London and Brighton stores. When you choose the bespoke route, you’ll work with our tailors from the very beginning to create the perfect suit. We’ll spare no detail and take everything into consideration.

While the entire process takes around eight weeks, we can accommodate shorter timelines by special request by the customer. Let’s take a look at the process from start to finish.

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Check this GB Bespoke ensemble out!

Fabric Selection

Bespoke Cloth

From weddings and graduations to corporate events and galas, we understand that sometimes, you need a one-of-a-kind fabric that we don’t have in stock. If that’s the case, we’re more than happy to help you create it.

Our skilled design team will walk you through each step of this exciting and rewarding journey, taking into account both the exterior fabric and lining of your suit. Whether you’re creating a printed lining, suiting or shirting, we’ll help bring your ideas to life. We specialize in print design and woven jacquards!

Premium Cloths

While we have access to an extensive range of British milled cloths, we can also interpret a variety of other fabrics upon request. You can design your own print, insert panels, and add seams as desired!

Some of our premium fabric choices designed for suits and waistcoats include:

  • Mohair
  • Wool
  • Linen/ Cotton/ Silk

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Model is wearing Midnight Mohair 2 Piece Suit

What is Mohair?

This luxuriously soft fabric is made from the hair of an Angora goats. Renowned around the world for its glistening sheen, mohair is also one of the most durable and great-wearing materials on the market!

It was huge in the 60’s – all the Mod’s wore Mohair and looked super sharp.

And by the way, did you know Mohair is James Bond cloth of choice? Give me a better reason to joining the Mohair club than that!

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Model is wearing Navy Worsted Chalk Stripe 2 Piece Suit

Prefer a wool suit? It’s one of the most timeless and attractive options, but it’s far from standard. As not all wool is created equal, let’s review how to discern the difference.

Understanding Worsted Wool and the Super System

In short, worsted wool is comprised of long fibres spun into a fine yarn. The result? A cloth that is sleek, refined and perfect for a variety of suit types. In addition to being attractive and versatile, worsted wool is also:

  • Breathable
  • Sturdy
  • Water-resistant
  • Wrinkle-resistant

If you’ve decided to use this fabric for your bespoke suit, your next step will be to navigate the Super System. These are the series of numbers that you’ve likely seen while shopping for a suit in the past. What do they mean?

The Super System is designed to represent the fabric’s fineness. Put simply, the number dictates how many times the wool has been twisted. As that count rises, so does the look and feel of the material. Still, all varieties possess the premium qualities of worsted wool.

For instance, a Super 180 suit will have a smoother appearance than a Super 80 suit, but that doesn’t mean the latter is lower quality. It will simply have a coarser and sturdier look. As a general rule of thumb, higher-number suits are reserved for more special occasions while lower-count varieties are ideal for regular, everyday use. 

As you do your research and browse your options, keep in mind that the Super System is not internationally standardised. Our team of tailors has its own guide and will advise you on the ideal number count that’s appropriate to your needs.

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Mr and Mrs Honey in their bespoke bumblebee creations

Design-Led Tailoring

There’s no designer touch we can’t add. Our tailors will take every consideration to help to create a design that fits your event and surpass your expectations. When you want to showcase your individual style, we’re your go-to Tailor!

While we pride ourselves in creating suits that “wow” on the outside, we know that true craftsmanship is in the details. That’s why we focus on the minute features that make a bespoke suit so special, including hand-sewn buttonholes, hand-stitched linings and turn-back collars.

We LOVE little accents of fun and will guide you with what works.  For example, our very special client Mr. Honey likes Bumblebees embroidered under his top collar. This is embroidered onto a melton, which can also be in a contrasting colour.

These personal touches make the suit YOURS.

Measurements and Fittings

Our team will normally require only one to two fittings to make sure your new suit fits exactly the way it’s meant to. Our professionals can utilise contemporary or traditional tailoring techniques depending on your preferences.

Our contemporary tailoring services are more modern in nature, offering enhanced flexibility over traditional tailors. We’ll create any pattern or style you desire, and make sure it fits like a charm before your big reveal.

With a traditional tailoring experience, we’ll create a personal pattern that fits your measurements. Then, we’ll construct the garment with a loose canvas, allowing it to mould perfectly to your body shape and movements. This way, you can rest assured that your suit will flow as effortlessly and stylishly as you do, all night long.

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A classic GB Bespoke in a gentlemanly shade of grey

Bespoke Tailoring Options

At Gresham Blake, we’ll take the time and care to create a bespoke suit that meets your exact specifications. Thanks to our design-led approach, nothing is out of the question.

Want to stand a little taller and feel your best when it’s your turn to shine? If so, only a bespoke suit from Gresham Blake will do.

We offer an entirely personalised experience from the very start, with fair prices that beat most of our competitor’s. We believe that luxury and high-end fashion do not have to come with a soaring price tag, and we’re dedicated to helping you look great without emptying your new designer pockets.

How could we have not tickled your fancy with such an exclusive offer? Please click the Bespoke 500 Offer to claim your suit now. This promotion is first come first serve and limited availability on all of the selected cloths.

Hope to see you soon!

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A Bespoke Suit for £500, normally £1000

60+ Cloth designs to choose from…

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GB BESPOKE PRICE GUIDE

At Gresham Blake, our Bespoke Tailoring Services are very competitively priced. We don’t have the same overheads as Savile Row and we are a family business, so there is no middle men in our brand.

So, how much does a bespoke garment cost?

This depends completely on how much the cloth costs (not so much the design) and how long you give us to make the garment.

However, just because a cloth is more expensive, does not necessarily mean it’s a better cloth.

All of the fabrics we use are extremely high end.

If you give us a guide price, we will make sure we stick to this.

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For anything required 6 weeks +

Our prices ranges start from:

£700 – Bespoke 2-piece suit (most people spend between £800 – £1200)

£200 -Bespoke waistcoat (most people spend between £200 – £400)

£250 – Bespoke trousers (most people spend between £250 – £400)

£800 – Bespoke overcoat (most people spend between £800 – £1100)

£150 – Bespoke Shirt – (most people spend £150)

£600 – 5 x Bespoke Shirts

Why Not Design Your OWN Lining?

We can help you design your own lining:

+£200 – Bespoke Lining

Need your garment in a hurry?

We offer an express service.  As long as we can get the cloth to our workshops, we can turn things around fast.

The cost depends on how quickly you want the garment.  We can get things turned around very quickly in our UK workshops. 

For a suit/ Jacket/ Coat

+ £200 – 4 -6 weeks turnaround

+ £300 – 2-4 weeks turnaround

+ £400 – 1 Week turnaround

For a shirt

+ £50 – 1-6 weeks turnaround

For trousers / waistcoat

+ £100 – 4-6 weeks turnaround

+ £125 – 2-4 weeks turnaround

+ £150 – 1-week turnaround

Special Promotions

We often have a special promotion going where we offer a not to be missed bargain! Please ask instore at your consultation for any offers.

Also, please sign in to our mailing list and we will email you of special offers.

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GRESHAM BLAKE BESPOKE GARMENT LEAD TIMES

Production times vary depending on the workload we have at any given time.

For a bespoke Suit, we normally advise 6-8 weeks for a first fitting from receipt of cloth.

For contemporary bespoke tailoring, it normally takes 1-2 fittings, but this is really a joint decision on both tailor and client. 

For more traditional bespoke tailoring – this involves more fittings, the whole process can take up to 12 weeks.

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You will take the suit away when you are 100% happy with it.

We do offer an express service at an additional cost.

If we are making a suit for a specific target date, we will confirm that with you prior to taking the order.

We anticipate a lot of weddings next year, so if you would like a wedding suit – please book in ASAP so that we can get you on our books

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POSTPONED WEAR DATES DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS

We are happy to keep hold of suits for up to 8 weeks following completion.  After this date we will ask you to come in and try on your garments. We will do a fitting to the point where we both agree that we all are happy with the fit and style of your garment.

If you have had to change your plans and postpone wear date to 2021, we will be more than happy to refit your garments closer to your wear date.  We will give you a credit of up to £100 for alterations on your garments.  This will ensure you get the perfect fit.

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN A YEAR

 If you have changed shape considerably between picking your garment up and your wear date, please come and see us at least 8 weeks prior to your new wear day so that we can help you look at all options.

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BESPOKE WAISTCOATS

Traditionally the third piece for a suit – matching the jacket and trouser or as a contrasting colour.

But you can wear separately too!

At Gresham Blake we can offer any style of waistcoat in cut and design.  With thousands of cloths to choose from including wools, cottons, silks, and linens.  We will help you design the perfect waistcoat.

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Being known as ‘design-led’ we have hundreds of lining choices too.  We can even design you your own unique lining print.

In terms of design, the possibilities are endless. 

And let’s not forget the accents of detail.

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The fit of a waistcoat is paramount, we will take a full set of measurements so that we can make the perfect pattern for you.

We will guide you as much as you want to be guided in constructing the perfect waistcoat.

  • Waistcoats start at £200
  • We have hundreds of cloths to choose from, from classics to tweeds
  • We have hundreds of lining you can choose
  • We can design you your own unique lining
  • Style wise its your design that we turn into a pattern
  • It takes approximately 6-8 weeks to make a waistcoat (but we do offer an express service)
  • Book ONLINE in Brighton or London
  • Gift Vouchers available

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BESPOKE OVERCOAT

Not many types of clothing can be classed as a wardrobe essential. An overcoat is useful. In today’s dressed down world, it’s a good way of getting some benefits from tailoring without looking overly dressed up.

With a suit, a long overcoat can feel commanding and authoritative. With a chunky sweater and some jeans, they can add a touch of sophistication to an otherwise casual ensemble.

The fit of an overcoat is paramount. At Gresham Blake, the first thing we will do is measure you. We will take into consideration how you want to wear your coat; take the number of layers you will be wearing into account.

An overcoat should fit comfortably on top of other layers without restricting movement. In other words, it should really be able to work as a last-minute addition that you can throw on as you rush out of the door.

In terms of what cloth to choose, thinking about how you plan on using your overcoat is an essential. We’d all love the soft, plush feel that cashmere brings – but is this durable. Likewise, 100% wool may be appealing, but if you are wearing all day, every day a blended material may be better which will preserve colour and shape better. And do consider tweed. We like putting a contemporary twist on historically traditional designs. Tweed is also able to take a serious battering before showing signs of wear and tear – a favourite of ours at Gresham Blake.

 By investing in a Bespoke Overcoat at Gresham Blake, you are investing in a piece of garment that will stay with you for many seasons to come.

  • Gresham Blake Bespoke Overcoats start from £800
  • We have hundreds of suitable cloths you can choose from, classics to tweeds.
  • We have hundreds of linings for you to choose
  • It takes approximately 6-8 weeks from receipt of cloth to make an overcoat (but we do offer an express service)
  • Book online for Brighton or London
  • Gift Vouchers

BESPOKE SHIRTS

At Gresham Blake, our talented team of tailors will help you design your own shirt.  Your own choice of fit, cuff style, collar shape, fabric and cut.  You will get exactly what you want.

In terms of the cloth, you can select its weight, texture, colour, and pattern, creating a one-off shirt that is truly personalised.  We have hundreds of cloths to choose from. 

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Fancy something even more bespoke?  Well why don’t you let us design a cloth for you?

What about considering coordinated details?  Such as a contrast fabric under the collar, under the placket or on the reverse side of a cuff.

At Gresham Blake, we will guide you through every detail in the style of the shirt and follow on by taking measurements that will cut a unique pattern for you.  Our aim will be to make you the PERFECT shirt.

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Whatever the occasion we will tailor make the perfect shirt for you. It’s a simple and straightforward process which will get you the ultimate fit.

  • Bespoke shirts start at £150
  • Hundreds of cloths to choose from
  • Design your own bespoke cloth service
  • Buy 5 shirts for £120 each
  • It takes approximately 4-6 weeks to make a shirt (but we do offer an express service)
  • Gift vouchers available

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WOMENS BESPOKE TWEED SUIT

Tweed comes in a variety of weights, weaves, and colours

It is practical, hard wearing, and can be dressed up or down from almost formal to definitely casually.

At Gresham Blake, we LOVE a tweed suit.  Since 2000, this has been a popular choice for GB clients.  It is a suit that you want to wear. 

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We have an extensive range of British tweed cloths to choose from, from medium weight worsteds, in the colours of tweed to Harris Tweed. What makes a tweed suit stand out is the colour and design. Cut in a contemporary way, possibly with little accents of detail, we can help you to design a one-of-a-kind unique suit, especially for you.

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It’s really important how you style a tweed suit in relation to the look that you want, and we are experts in helping you achieve that.

  • We have thousands of cloths to choose from.
  • Suits start from £700 for a 2 piece
  • Jackets start from £450
  • Waistcoats start from £200
  • Trousers start from £250
  • Our expert tailors will guide you through every stage
  • It takes approx. 6-8 weeks to make a suit from receipt of cloth
  • Book online for Brighton or London

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WOMENS FORMAL WEAR

From traditional morning suits to more Avant guard dinner suit, we are experts in all aspects of women’s formal wear.

For more traditional, it’s all about the sharp silhouette and simple design.

For more fancy, well, we take you anywhere you want to go.

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If you are ready to make a statement, come and see us, and we will help you create the ULTIMATE SUIT.

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With in depth knowledge on style and design coupled with a vast selection of fabrics, our tailoring consultants will be able to guide you effortlessly and we will work together to create the perfect suit.

  • We have thousands of cloths to choose from.
  • Suits start from £800 for a 2 piece
  • Our expert tailors will guide you through every stage
  • It takes approx. 6-8 weeks to make a suit
  • Book online for Brighton or London

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