Bespoke is the doyen of Caroline Andrew London’s tailoring repertoire, where each and every aspect is totally made by hand to ensure the finished garment feels like a second skin.
An initial consultation in her Mayfair atelier affords the opportunity to take on board the intricate details of the client’s commission, advising them on both choice of cloth and design of their bespoke suits, demystifying a process often regarded as intimidating, in to a more serene and attentive experience.
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1 Caroline’s backroom team then piece together a detailed set of measurements and observations based upon the clients’ feedback. The culmination of many years of experience working with the finest echelons of both British and Italian cloth manufacture, has culminated in an unrivalled choice of cloth for your prized commission – a process Caroline is happy to advise upon, dependent on the occasion, taking in to consideration seasonal requirements and intended wear.
2 These statistics result in the creation of a paper pattern which is then hand cut and refined, employing traditional Savile Row methods through the fitting process. Caroline, bespoke tailor London, is keen to stress the importance canvassing plays in the process of creating her bespoke suits: in particular the production of a horsehair hand-stitched base which forms the shape of the client’s bespoke coat which will naturally mould to the wearer’s physique over time. As well as providing comfort, this floating canvassed layer lends the jacket both support and shape, much like a skeleton. A first fitting is subsequently arranged, where the coat maker loosely assembles the various elements of fabric together based on the paper pattern. The cutter will then examine overall fit on the wearer, carefully noting down any discrepancies and chalking the amendments onto the suit by hand. The garment is then deconstructed and re-cut in readiness for a second and sometimes third fitting where further alterations can be perfected. Refined details such as the option to have an anti-untuck band incorporated in to the waist of the trousers can also be discussed.
3 It takes between 8-10 weeks including 75 hours of crafting to create one of her Caroline Andrew London bespoke suits. All garments are hand-finished featuring Beeswax strengthened buttonholes which adhere to a long standing industry tradition. The final touches are performed by a seasoned presser who completes the process by moulding, steaming and pressing the suit into its final form ready for collection. Read what our clients say here.
Why choose Caroline Andrew London? Caroline Andrew is a highly respected bespoke tailor London who focuses on traditional hand-crafted British suits for men. Beauty and functionality are Caroline Andrew’s raison d'être– in that her garments should both enrich and simplify the life of the contemporary man. True to her belief, she infuses Savile Row cutting and tailoring techniques with her clean and minimalist design to create a signature style with perfect fit. Based in the heart of Mayfair, with a second atelier on London’s plush Kensington Church Street, she is revered for her innovation and propensity to consistently break new ground.