Breaking the Bias in Tailoring

Women’s International Day 2022

This year’s theme is “Breaking The Bias”.

Imagine a gender-neutral world….

When I think about what it means to be a woman on International Women’s Day, the words that come to my mind are Power and Resilience.

When we learn to combine both these forces, we can literally change the world.

Take me for example. Some of you may know that alongside Gresham, I am co-founder of Gresham Blake.


Me, proudly wearing the first suit Gresham made for me

Now, traditionally, Bespoke Tailoring is very male-dominated and posh.

I have a few traits that did not quite fit into that mould.

Firstly, I am female.

Secondly, I am not white.

Thirdly, I am very vertically challenged!

I am not what you would typically expect as ‘YOUR BESPOKE CONSULTANT’ if you were buying a suit in Savile Row.  And, over the years, I have surprised a number of my client at that first consultation when I have said that I will be looking after them today.

However, what I have found, is what people want is – simply people that are very dedicated to what they do and have skills and knowledge to back that up.

From the first bespoke suit that Gresham made from me, I was completely hooked on tailoring.

My vision was to be able to provide this to everybody, in particular women. 

At Gresham Blake, we now specialise in women’s bespoke tailoring.  We have created patterns and designs which produce empowering garments, whatever direction you want to take.  Designing a women’s bespoke suit is the ultimate gender-neutral experience, where you can find yourself and express who you are through a beautifully tailored, stylish garment.


Bespoke tailoring has not been on most women’s radars, in part, because it has been so closely associated with menswear, but also because it’s been sold with the image of ‘gentlemen’s clubs’ and ‘country estates.’

For me, it’s completely the opposite.  I want to break those stuffy stereotypes and simply make well made, contemporary clothing for the individual.

More and more women are getting frustrated with the process of finding things that fit them well.  I am proud of the ladies tailoring services we provide.

And did you know that 80% of the Gresham Blake team are Female?

“Ohh, it’s a women’s tailor”, I still get that a lot.

“For goodness sakes, so what?”

I’ve earned my ‘pinstripes.’


Fun Fact

Unlike nuclear DNA, your mitochondrial DNA can only be passed down from your mother!

The mitochondria are specialised for producing the energy that each cell needs to function, and it is the reason that we can move our muscles or even think thoughts.

“On this International Women’s Day, I would like to thank my mum, my mother-in-law, and the generations of females rooted in my history for my internal strength.”


BESPOKE 2PC SUIT£600 (normally £1000+)This week only

The offer ends on Sunday 13th March

Simply, purchase the suit deal online then one of our bespoke tailoring consultants will call you to book you an appointment.

This is an offer not to be missed! With hundreds of British cloths to choose from this is your chance to design your perfect bespoke suit.

Treat yourself on International Women’s Day to something you will treasure forever.


Want the Best Bespoke Suit for Your Special Event? A little GB Guide, by Fal Blake.

Planning a wedding right now is challenging. Let us help you LOOK YOUR BEST on your wedding day.

As we turn the corner of the New Year, we know we are not alone in willing it to be a more positive one! Stepping into 2022 with an optimistic mentality, why not put your best foot forward and make sure that your clothes follows suit, pardon the pun! A GB bespoke piece is guaranteed to make you look and feel your absolute best at every occasion this year. Whether it’s a wedding, a party or a just well-earned get together. It will be such a relief to get back into our glad rags. Which is the perfect excuse to scope out our bespoke services, at Gresham Blake we offer a plethora of fabrics that will inspire the suavest of looks, guaranteed to have you looking and feeling your absolute best!

Do you have a special occasion on the horizon such as a WEDDING? 

If so, it’s important to look and feel your best. Wearing a suit off the peg might be convenient, but does it deliver the confidence and swagger you need to make a grand appearance and stand out from the crowd?

“Get smart and nothing can touch you”

Book an appointment today for a consultation.

Myself & Gresham on our wedding day, 1999

When you’re ready to make a dazzling impression, only a bespoke suit will do.

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

Ready to learn more? Let’s get started!

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.

Book an appointment today for a consultation.

Franky Vicentio wearing a Gresham Blake 3 piece Black Silk Suit

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.

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!

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Bespoke Cloth designed by Gresham Blake

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

What is mohair?

A sweet little fluffy Angora Goat – looking effortlessly stylish

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? 

Book an appointment today for a consultation.

Daniel Craig AKA James Bond, in a mohair 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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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!

Accents of ‘Fun’ on Gresham Blake Clothing….It’s the detail that counts!

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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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. 

At Gresham Blake…anything is possible!

Let’s take a look at a few of our different cuts and styles you can peruse when you go for your consultation. 

Suit Cuts

Our three main suit cuts include:

  • Classic Fit
  • Relaxed Fit
  • Slim Fit

Our tailors will work with you to determine which cut flatters your features and meets your personal style preference.

Jackets: What Style?

We offer a vast range of   styles for our suit jackets, all of which are available upon request. These include Single Breasted/ Double Breasted/ Nehru Styles incorporating single-button, double-button, no-show buttons, and more,

We can also design three-button suit jackets, high-button styles, and other custom touches.

Jackets: Lapels

Your lapel is a place to make a style statement. We can accommodate a variety of styles, including:

  • Shawl lapels
  • Classic notch lapels (3.5-inch)
  • Narrow notch lapels (2-inch to 3.25-inch)
  • Peak lapels

When you want to turn heads for all the right reasons, you can also embellish your lapel! Our special additions include:

  • Contrasting top collars
  • Contrasting meltons under collars
  • Custom binding detail
  • HEE/AMF stitching

We also offer a variety of vent styles (back of jacket), pocket styles, and cuff styles for you to select! In addition to suit jackets, we can also create country-wear jackets and bespoke evening jackets perfect for a refined night on the town. In addition, our selection of longer wedding jackets is impressive and inspiring, with styles that include:

  • Morning coats
  • Classic white-tie coats
  • Frock coats


Worn alone or as part of a three-piece suit, a waistcoat is a wardrobe staple. Why not make yours as unique as possible? Our tailors can create any design you dream up and add any special feature, such as:

  • Contrasting lapels
  • Custom button details
  • Contrasting buttonholes
  • Vertical chain holes for pocket watches
  • Horseshoe openings


Depending on your body type, event and personal style preference, our tailors can provide many different kinds of trouser styles. Some of our top designs include:

  • Classic, flat-fronted trousers
  • Button side adjusters
  • Metal buckle side adjusters
  • Slanting front pockets
  • Turn-up cuffs
  • Fishtail backs
  • Satin side seams

Book an appointment today for a consultation.

Create Your Own Bespoke Suit With Gresham Blake

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.

Steve Coogan being fitted for a Bespoke Suit with Gresham Blake at our Brighton Store.

We offer an entirely personalized 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.

Book an appointment today for a consultation.

You’re about to become the best-dressed person in the room

So get ready to shine.

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. 


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


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. 


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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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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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.


 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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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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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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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



Who needs an excuse to wear a suit?

The best suits are the ones we wear, because we want to wear them EVERYDAY!

At Gresham Blake, we will help you find your PERFECT tailored suit.

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The beauty of a casual suit is being able to wear as separates and mix and match pieces in your wardrobe.

Gresham Blake stands out from our competition as being ‘design-led’ tailors.

We a huge range of styling and detail options.  We can also design you your very own cloth. 

Whatever your style, we can assure you that we can design a suit for you that you will want to wear just because it looks good.

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

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At Gresham Blake we specialize in women’s bespoke tailoring.  We have created patterns and designs to produce elegant, feminine and empowering garments.

The fit is paramount with ladies tailoring.  We will construct a suit precisely for your body shape and size.

It’s just as much ‘how you feel’ when you put on a suit as ‘how it makes you look’

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A day – to -day suit, one that you actually ‘want’ to wear rather than ‘have’ to wear, which makes you look and feel your best.

A perfect business suit needs comfort as well as style, tailored to make you feel fantastic.  We understand the daily demands that may be placed on work suits with potential heavy wear and travelling.

Our team of Bespoke consultants will give you the right advise on the best options for you.  For business wear, we would take into consideration how smart you need to look, how durable you need the cloth to be and how comfortable to wear the cloth is.

We will guide you through our extensive cloth/lining ranges and together we will design a beautifully tailored business suit with little accents of detail should you wish.

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Being very competitively priced, we can guarantee you will not be disappointed.

  • We have thousands of cloths to choose from
  • Business suits start from £700 for a 2 piece (do ask our team for special promotions)
  • Our expert tailors will guide you through every stage
  • It takes approx. 6-8 weeks to make a suit

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