Working from home with Dean Koend

1. Please give us a brief introduction of yourself.

Hi there, this is Dean. I run a boutique agency, doing a.o. Marketing, Branding and PR in tech, fashion and music. Currently I am based in London, which is also where I am currently spending my lockdown. 

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

My first bespoke suit was done by Caroline, I was obsessed with her signature Black Watch Tartan. The addition of a double-breasted suit to my wardrobe, really has upped my game. Thinking about what should be next. 

3. How has your dress code changed since lockdown?

Well, the lockdown has really made me dress down. Most days, I just wear tracksuits, even though I am not working out every day.

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

Yes, most likely, I feel my wardrobe can definitely use an update after this lockdown. 

Unrelated to tailoring….

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

Easy one, I miss going out, meeting new people and be able to do meetings etcetera face-to-face. There is something about meeting in person, which cannot be replaced by ZOOM, Hangouts and Facetime calls

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

With a lot of industries being put on hold, I decided to use my time doing things I would usually not have the time for. I’ve been dusting off my Spanish and French skills, reading a lot, exploring new industries to work in and exploring areas in London on my daily walks. 

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

Definitely meditating, working out and reading. It made me realize how I can use this phase to grow on a personal and business level, i.e. broadening my skillset. I also must admit, that wine definitely also helped quite a bit, especially when they are combined with parties on ZOOM. 

Spring-clean your wardrobe

Refreshing your wardrobe and every day summer style is a popular aim at this time of year. If you’d like to utilise this spare time you have to embrace a more polished personal style, why not follow our tips on planning out and refreshing your wardrobe?

Step one: Understand your preferred aesthetic

In order to plan your wardrobe, the first step is to make sure you’re clear on the style aesthetic you’re aiming for. At this stage it can be really helpful to browse inspiration photos and ready to wear catalogues for ideas. You might want to save some of your favourite looks to show your tailor.


Step two: Take stock of what you have

It’s likely that you’ll want to invest in a few key new pieces to really develop your look. Before you get too caught up in the idea of new pieces, we suggest you do an audit of what’s already in your wardrobe. It’s helpful to think critically of which garments are still working for you and which aren’t. Clearing your wardrobe down to the pieces that make you feel great will highlight where the true gaps are.

Step three: Make a plan for investing in garments seasonally

Most of us won’t be starting the new season by commissioning a whole new wardrobe. Instead, we suggest planning to invest in a few versatile items for each new season. Remember, tailored garments typically take between six and eight weeks from first appointment to final fitting, so you’ll want to allow plenty of time. 

Would you like some further guidance on moving forward with a new look? Drop us an email here.

Working from home with Colin Hall

1. Please give us a brief introduction of yourself.

1 – for many years I worked in the City and loved wearing my tailored suits; many people used to comment on how good they looked. Two years ago I moved to rural Shropshire and set up a renewable energy business. I spend much of my time now looking like farmer Giles in tweed or in my shooting gear tailored by Caroline (I have yet to wear the kilt and jacket though, sorry Caroline, blame Covid!). I’ve dressed “down” now a little and wear two gorgeous linen suits, one green and one blue to meetings with investors / trade associations. It’s a refreshing change from the somewhat more formal City attire.

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

2 – post lockdown I’ll continue to wear the linen suits and hopefully, when the deer stalking season restarts in August and Covid allows, off to Scotland we go and kilt finally gets worn.

3. How has your dress code changed since lockdown?

3 – I am a scientist at heart having done a Chemistry degree at Imperial. Post degree I worked in IT consulting at Price Waterhouse and Accenture. I then worked at UBS and Credit Suisse (CS) as investment banking Chief Data Officer (CDO) and then finally at CS as group CDO. I retired early to move closer to my parents and nature. I live near Oswestry on the Shropshire / Welsh border in c 12 acres of beautifully tranquil countryside with my 8 week old pup, Loki and my telescope observatory.

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

4 – I attended a Stonewall dinner and won the auction for my first bespoke suit and have not looked back since.

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

5 – the local village gastro pub. It’s open for drinks now and food in a couple of weeks; can’t wait.

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

6 – my 8 week old Springer Spaniel pup Loki; he’s adorable.

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

7 – The peace and tranquility of my little patch of my paradise in Shropshire oh and red wine and good cheese.

Working from home with Hamish Grant

  1. Please give us a brief introduction of yourself.

I am a father of two and the Managing Partner of a credit investment business.

  • Why did you decide to buy a bespoke suit?

I think looking smart is really important in business and I feel more confident and comfortable in a suit that was made for me than one made for a tailor’s dummy.

  • How has your dress code changed since lockdown?

I wear a formal shirt with casual trousers and no tie.

  • Will you change the way you dress after lockdown?

I’m looking forward to returning to the contrast of smart during the week and causal at the weekend.

Unrelated to tailoring….

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

Office banter

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

Getting up at 6am to walk the dogs

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

My home gym