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. 

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.