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

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.

Covid-19 Wardrobe Planning

A shift in the way we live is dawning and many of us are a bit stumped on how we want to embrace the change. Some of the known lifestyle changes include spending the foreseeable future working from home on zoom calls with outside breaks to get fresh air. Making sure you can move freely and comfortably has always been something we strive for, so whilst this will not stop, we would like to add a couple of recommendations to make your ‘post lockdown’ wardrobe work and help ease you into the summer months. Here are our tips on wardrobe planning.

The Zoom call. We recommend button down collared shirts for conference calls. Instantly look smart, easy to throw on. The beauty of button-down shirts are they look great and are totally acceptable without tie or blazer. For women a button-down collared shirt in linen.

Ditch the tie. With a decent shirt there is no need to overcomplicate the look. Button-down shirts in white or blue Oxford fabric look crisp and are totally acceptable without tie.

The summer suit. Cut from the right fabric, the suit is a summer staple that also works as zoom attire and walking long distances in. We recommend a slightly roomier fit, sewn from a lightweight linen, cotton, fresco, or wool blend with a slight stretch for an airy summer feel.  Drop us an email for further wardrobe planning here.