Made to measure shirts with The Savile Row Company

Craig of That Dapper Chap shows us how easy it is to get a made to measure shirt online from The Savile Row Company

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by The Savile Row Company, a brand established on Savile Row, London since 1938 and who have been making finely tailored shirts ever since.

This family run business now ship their shirts to over 80 countries worldwide and while the company also offers a range of suits, accessories and shoes, for this sponsored post I wanted to share details of their made to measure shirts.

YOUR OWN MADE TO MEASURE SHIRT

Getting your own shirt is very easy, if you want a more personal experience you can visit the store and get measured, however if you’re busy and are competent with a tape measure (or have person handy who is) you can do everything online, which is just what I did.

Start by clicking on the ‘made to measure’ link on their website. From here you can choose to build your own suit or shirt. For this post we’re sticking with the shirt. Simply select your favourite shirt from the 56 designs available, click the ‘personalise’ button and then the fun can begin!

 

 

From hereon-in you get to alter almost every aspect of your shirt: the fit, placket, cuffs, collar, pockets, buttons and everything else in between, to make the shirt unique to you. And if you get stuck there are handy pictures in the gallery showing you the various options available to you, so you can see exactly what each element looks like on a real shirt.

And lastly you can get in monogrammed, so if anyone is ever in any doubt that this shirt was made specifically for you there’s proof that it is!

Once your selections are complete, you get to review what you’ve added and can edit the details if you need to. Once you are happy, you ‘proceed to measurements’

After a few innocent questions that assist with the creation of your shirt, you get to add your measurements. Now, you’ve heard the carpenters rule of ‘measure twice, cut once’ right? well, apply that philosophy here too. Once you upload and send your measurements, they’re gone. And while the guys at The Savile Row Company can tweak the shirt after you’ve received it, it is of course best to ensure that all measurements are entered correctly at the time.

And that’s pretty much it. All you need to do now is sit tight and relax while your shirt is made in Northern Ireland, and sent to you in a very stylish box.

MY SHIRT

I found the process very easy and had chosen all of the elements of my shirt and uploaded my measurements in under an hour.

Custom shirts like mine have a price point of £75 which is reasonable for a shirt which is going to fit you perfectly like mine does. Waiting up to four weeks for it to be made, may be a little long for some gents, but remember, it’s being made to your exact specifications and that can take time to perfect.

I’m impressed with the quality of the material and the stitching, and I did cast my eye over all parts of the shirt looking for imperfections, but couldn’t find any at all, in fact it’s very well made.

The shirt is both comfortable to wear and stylish and I’m really pleased with the result.

So, if you’re a guy who finds off the peg shirts just don’t fit that well, maybe the sleeves are always a little long, or you’re a gym goer whose chest size results in a collar which is too big, The Savile Row Company may just be the answer to your needs.

Styling the shirt with a linen suit and a navy knitted tie I was set for my meeting, however this shirt could just as easily be dressed down with jeans and loafers for a less formal look. Roll up the sleeves and undo the top button, and the shirt offers a totally different look.

 

 

 

 

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The Jeff Banks Bespoke Suit

Craig of That Dapper Chap shares his bespoke suit by Jeff Banks of Savile Row in the final post in this three part series.

If you’re an avid follower of my blog or my social media accounts you’ll have followed the story of my bespoke suit by Jeff Banks Savile Row. In the first post we shared the fitting experience and took you through what to expect when you get a bespoke suit.

The second post covered the first fitting when I got to try on my suit for the first time, before any necessary tweaks were made. In this final post I share the final suit!


So, a couple of weeks after the first fitting I had a call to let me know that my suit was ready. Making my way to Savile Row I was full of anticipation. I knew the suit was stunning, but I also knew that it needed a couple of tweaks to make it perfect.

Arriving at the store I was met by Mr Banks himself who personally assisted me in trying on my suit. Not everyone of course has that experience, so I was truly honoured that he took time out of his busy schedule to see me, and of course the suit.

The team had previously told me that he loved the suit I’d chosen, and I could tell that he approved of my choice of fabric and style of the suit as he helped me on with my waistcoat and jacket.

The suit fits like a glove. Every measurement is perfect and I am super pleased with it. With Made to Measure starting from £600 and Bespoke starting from £800, the price is very good for a Savile row suit.

Yes, it takes 8-10 weeks to complete the process which is of course longer than it would be if you just ordered one online from a high street store. And yes, it does cost more, but what you’re getting is something much more personal. My suit is a one off; my choices, my measurement, my style, and you can’t get that on the high street!

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. The guys at Jeff Banks are incredibly helpful, friendly and above all knowledgeable. They know their stuff, and can guide you along the process with professional ease.

Choosing the style and the fabric was a highlight. Getting all those details just right and having free rein to choose exactly what I wanted, but the best part was trying the suit for the first time, knowing that it was going to fit ME perfectly and that I’d had a direct input to the finished article.

A huge thank you to Jeff and his team, and a very Merry Christmas.

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ADDRESS:

No. 36 Savile Row, London, W1S 3QB, UK

NEAREST UNDERGROUND STATIONS:

Bond Street, Oxford Circus & Piccadilly Circus

CAR PARKING:

Limited street parking available or Q-Park, 3-9 Old Burlington Street, W1S 3AF

CONTACT

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The Jeff Banks Savile Row Bespoke Suit – The First Fitting

Craig of That Dapper Chap returns to Savile Row for the first fitting of his bespoke suit from Jeff Banks

My very first look at my new bespoke suit from Jeff Banks Savile Row

Just a few short weeks since my last visit to Jeff Banks Savile Row and my bespoke suit is back from north Africa and ready for me to try. If you missed the first part of this series, take a look at the first post where I document the measuring experience and also share some handy hints and tips on what you can expect when you visit.

Arriving at the store I was greeted by Alan and Steve and a glass of Prosecco, all of whom made my second visit a truly enjoyable experience.

I was super excited to see my suit for the first time. While I chose the fabric, the lining and the buttons as well as every other aspect of the suit, I didn’t truly know what it would turn out like. I had a good picture of it in my head and I wasn’t disappointed.

Steve, one of the Jeff Banks tailors and I enjoy a bucks fizz

Alan takes me through the detailing on my suit jacket

After greeting the guys and catching up on what we’ve all been up to since our last meeting, it was time to unveil the suit. Straight away I knew that I’d made the right choices. Not that this was ever really in question as Steve and Alan did a fantastic job of guiding me through the process and assisting me with the options available.

I’m so pleased with my fabric choice. While it is a wool, it’s a finer and less heavy fabric than others available, and it’s going to have a level of versatility that can take me through the seasons. Being a three piece suit I have the ability to wear all three pieces during colder months and maybe just the trousers and waistcoat during warmer weather.

The Jeff Banks tailors make sure that the suit will fit me perfectly

The whole purpose of this first fitting is to ensure that all of the measurements taken during my first visit still apply and to make any necessary adjustments before the suits is finished. That’s why your suit arrives semi made. You’ll see from these images that the jacket has only one sleeve. If, for example the shoulders or sleeves needed to be adjusted it’s a much easier job to complete than it would be had the suit been completely finished.

Cheers, the prosecco pours while I have my first fitting of my new suit

 

It’s all in the details, and the flash of orange piping adds additional interest to my suit

It’s very normal to have some minor alterations during your first fitting. A bespoke suit needs to fit you perfectly, and with all the will in the world it’s unlikely to do that without a nip and a tuck here and there.

While my waistcoat fitted like a glove we did feel that the jacket sleeves could be a touch shorter. It’s important to show just the right amount of shirt cuff when wearing a suit, and a quarter inch shorter on my sleeves will ensure this is the case.

In addition to that, the Jeff Banks tailors will make a small alteration to the waist of my trousers. The waist was a little smaller than they liked, and as a result they sat slightly higher on the ankle. Again this is easy to resolve and usual during this part of the suit making process.

Breakfast for the That Dapper Chap team, a very nice gesture from the guys at Jeff Banks

 

A closer look at the fabric of my Jeff Banks bespoke suit

 

Alan marks the button placement on my jacket

A nice little present from the Jeff Banks team making my suit truly personal

 So, with the alterations noted efficiently on my records and the markings made on the jacket for perfect button placement, it was time for me to say goodbye to both the suit and the Jeff Banks team for another couple of weeks while those essential changes are made.

Be sure to check back for the final part of this series when I show you the full suit in all it’s glory.

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Address:

No. 36 Savile Row

London, W1S 3QB

UK

Nearest underground stations:

Bond Street, Oxford Circus & Piccadilly Circus

Car Parking:

Limited street parking available or Q-Park, 3-9 Old Burlington Street, W1S 3AF

Contact

Telephone 0207 734 3973

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