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I purchased this lovely mens dress coat which was made by James & James Ltd. of London. The label shows it was made for R. Forgan, Esq. in December of 1978. Would I be correct in presuming that this is a bespoke dress coat? I'm a little unclear about whether bespoke means custom made from scratch rather than taking an already made item and tailoring it to fit. The coat is a dark gray. I've posted a few sample photos below of the coat.


 

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James & James was a very well-established bespoke tailors. The Jameses in question were Eric and John, who acquired the legendary Frederick Scholte's tailoring business, including customers such as the Duke of Windsor. The firm has subsequently been absorbed by Davies & Son. You would indeed be correct in assuming that the coat in question was "made from scratch."
 
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