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I'd be in the UK this coming weekend to visit with my brother and his family and he mentioned Gieves & Hawkes as a good bespoke source. Anyone here with experience to share and what are your thoughts gentlemen?
 

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I'd be in the UK this coming weekend to visit with my brother and his family and he mentioned Gieves & Hawkes as a good bespoke source. Anyone here with experience to share and what are your thoughts gentlemen?
I've heard they're excellent, if you like the house style. Please don't ask me to explain what the house style looks like...

My first thought is that a bespoke suit takes several fittings - do you intend to return at least twice in the next few months to finish the process?
 

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I've heard they're excellent, if you like the house style. Please don't ask me to explain what the house style looks like...

My first thought is that a bespoke suit takes several fittings - do you intend to return at least twice in the next few months to finish the process?
House style? Do please explain. :icon_smile:

As per returning to the UK, I will be able to return there a few times if need be.
 

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House style? Do please explain. :icon_smile:

As per returning to the UK, I will be able to return there a few times if need be.
I can explain what a house style is, but I'm not going to be effective at explaining their house style.

The house style refers to the design elements that allow you to recognize the make of a coat from a distance; before you see the stitching on the lapels or the functioning cuff buttons. You can usually spot an Armani suit right off, for example

Some companies are known for sack suits; others for jackets that taper substantially. Trousers might be roomy or drainpipe-narrow. Companies with a nautical, or hunting, or military heritage might design their clothes specifically to fit comfortably during those activities.

The best thing to do is check out their web site and look at the models. Yes, they're all young, slim, and good-looking, and you may be all or none of these things. :icon_smile: But can you see yourself wearing their clothes?

I just found out that Gieves and Hawkes has a shop at Brown Thomas in Dublin, where I will be in late April. Unfortunately, I'll only be there for ten days, perhaps long enough to get in a second fitting, but I don't know when I'd be able to get back for the final one. :(
 

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If you're going to spend that sort of money I'd go to any other Savile Row tailor that takes your fancy, G and H are clearly fantastic but don't have the cachet that just about everywhere else on the row has...and its the overall experience you're after. Seems like going off at half-cock as they say.
 

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This is an impossible question to answer given the lack of information about your preferences and priorities. Are G&H good? Yes. One of my dinner suits was made by them. Do I like it? Yes. Why do I usually go to another house? Mostly because the "vibe" and guys at the other place suit me better (no pun intended) and because we share a similar sense of aesthetics. Because I enjoy having a few pints with the boys. Because I honestly enjoy having brunch on a Saturday with the guv'nor and his child. A completely personal choice that is not based on technical merits at all. In fact, discussions about who is "better" is never productive or indeed relevant. Are the guys (girl) at G&H unpleasant? No, perfectly pleasant. Good for YOU? No idea.

It's a bit like asking whether X is a good restaurant. Yes, if you like Ethiopian food. If you happen to be in the mood for Ethiopian food. If you are not vegetarian. If you don't mind sitting on stools. If you don't mind eating with your fingers rather than using cutlery. If, if, if...

Someone mentioned cachet. That is also a notion that varies from person to person. Is it the sort that one might associate with Poole? Is it the sort that one might associate with Hart or Boateng? Or, is it another sort? Only you can answer this.

You should visit a few places, talk to them, explore and decide for yourself who is right for YOU. That said, as I'm sure your brother has already mentioned, do keep in mind that many respectable houses are shut at the weekend unless there is a specific appointment with a client.

Happy hunting,
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Thanks Gentlemen, as much as I liked what they had to offer when I visited, I am too cheap to spend that much money on a suit.
 
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