Working from home with Lord Stuart Rose

1. Please give us a brief introduction of yourself.

I have spent all my career in retail both in fashion and foods.  I have a keen interest in fashion and indeed fashion for food.

2. Why did you decide to buy a bespoke suit?

I treated myself to my first bespoke suit back in the late 80s.  I just fancied the idea of something properly made-to-measure and, although some of the big retailers (including my old alma mater Marks & Spencer) make some fantastic off the

peg suits, there is something just a little different about a ‘customized’ fit.

3. How has your dress code changed since lockdown?

Lockdown has changed the dress code for everyone although it is fair to say the move away from formal dressing has been going on for a long time.  There are very few places where formal dress is a must and indeed even the House of Lords has excused us wearing ties.  Post-lockdown, having had a prolonged period of casual dressing I am now quite enjoying ‘dressing up’ again.

4. Will you change the way you dress after lockdown?

Working arrangements will change and I suspect the formal casual mix will continue to change in favour of casual, although I see a real opportunity for smart/casual tailoring.

Unrelated to tailoring….

5. What do you miss most that you have taken for granted before lockdown? 

Freedom to do what I want when I want.

6. What has been the latest addition to your daily routine? 

Too much screen time whether it’s Zoom or Microsoft Teams etc.

7. What has kept you sane during these bleak times?

Exercise and a good glass of wine – the former before the latter..

Working from home with… Michele & Andy

1. Please give us a brief introduction of yourselves.
We are Andy and Michèle, currently sheltering-in-place (also known as lockdown) in San Jose, California. We’ve been married for almost seven years. Michèle is an event and meeting planner and Andy is a software engineering manager. We are lucky that we can work from home during this crisis, recognizing that not everyone is so fortunate

2. Why did you decide to buy a bespoke suit?
Andy has a gazillion bespoke suits and Michèle thought it would be fun to try that option, too. Caroline Andrew reached out to us after Summer Pitti 2019 and Michèle decided to commission a suit from her for Winter Pitti 2020.

3. How has your dress code changed since lockdown?
Well…it’s gone from tailored clothing every day, let’s say business dressy and high heels, to comfy casual and Hello Kitty slippers for Michèle and casual shirts and trousers for Andy. He doesn’t own any Hello Kitty slippers. Except for Fridays. Fridays we dress up for Formal Fridays and virtual happy hours via Zoom. When we go out, say to forage for food, we do dress as we normally would to leave the house. A dress and heels for Michèle, and a suit and tie for Andy.

4. Will you change the way you dress after lockdown?
Yes, we will probably resume our usual manner of dressing.Unrelated to tailoring….

5. What do you miss most that you have taken for granted before lockdown?
Traveling. And time spent with family and friends. Neither of us have seen our children (who are all adults) since the California shelter-in-place order was put in place and we miss them.

6. What has been the latest addition to your daily routine?
Regular exercise. This has definitely been a positive change for us. It enables us to stay healthy and gets us out of the house for about 45 minutes. Time we would have spent commuting we now spend exercising.

7. What has kept you sane during these bleak times?
Michèle says getting to be together every day. Andy agrees. One of the things we most enjoy about traveling together is that we spend all day together, for the entire trip. Well, sheltering- in-place is like one extended trip, only we don’t actually go anywhere. But we are each other’s best friends and we love being together every day.

Working from home with Gerard Schreiber

1. Please give us a brief introduction of yourself.

US CPA in New Orleans

2. Why did you decide to buy a bespoke suit?

The ability to select fabric, cut, and finishing.

3. How has your dress code changed since lockdown?

Casual now. Not even a blazer or sport coat.

4. Will you change the way you dress after lockdown?

Hopefully will go back to wearing a coat and tie to work.

5. What do you miss most that you have taken for granted before lockdown? 

Ability to go wherever you wanted to go whenever you pleased.

6. What has been the latest addition to your daily routine? 

None. Daily routine is going to and from office. Nothing else. No need to go to dry cleaners or other places. Only things that are emergencies.

7. What has kept you sane during these bleak times?

Overwhelmed with the daily tax changes and government changes on the programs to help with the economy.

Working from home with Susan Smith

1. Please give us a brief introduction of yourself.
A Financial Analyst with a love of gardening, sport and Arts. 

2. Why did you decide to buy a bespoke suit?
Style, comfort and business like all in one fabulous outfit! 

3. How has your dress code changed since lockdown?
Lots of effort with the top half for those face time and zoom meetings but relaxed casual wear and joggers have dominated below the waist. Definitely no onesy!

4. Will you change the way you dress after lockdown?
Depends a little on what the new normal becomes but seriously – No I can’t wait to throw out the joggers! 

Unrelated to tailoring….

5. What do you miss most that you have taken for granted before lockdown?
Giving my family a hug and those wonderful moments shared with friends in real time. And of course .. I mustn’t forget my hairdresser, a service I really took for granted. Not only did I catch up with all the celebrity gossip she keeps me looking tidy. 

6. What has been the latest addition to your daily routine?
A timetable – it ensures I get the right mix of activities. It’s far too easy to box set binge with out one.  

7. What has kept you sane during these bleak times?
My family and friends.  Particularly those WhatsApp group chats, jokes and messages that kept me smiling.  Although the photos of home baking were not helpful I kept getting pangs of food envy! 

Working from home with Joel Dietz

1. Please give us a brief introduction of yourself.

Artist, author, technical architect.

2. Why did you decide to buy a bespoke suit?

Wanted something that fit my personality and made me feel good.

3. How has your dress code changed since lockdown?

I wear jackets more frequently and pants less frequently. I also wear more vests, sometimes with a tshirt.

4. Will you change the way you dress after lockdown?

Definitely changed my mindset to what makes me feel good as opposed to what I need to wear.

Unrelated to tailoring….

5. What do you miss most that you have taken for granted before lockdown? 

sex?

6. What has been the latest addition to your daily routine?

Dance practice

7. What has kept you sane during these bleak times?

Working out more. Second meditation per day.