Bespoke tailoring is a phrase that is used frivolously these days, and in many cases companies are promising a service that they simply cannot offer.
Here at Myles Anthony, however, we believe that true bespoke tailoring means working with the finest quality fabrics to create beautiful garments that are measured and cut to fit your body like a glove. The art of tailoring has been entwined with the essence of British heritage for hundreds of years. Tailoring is not simply about measuring cloth and cutting fabric, it is an expert skill that is acquired through years of experience. Any good tailor knows that a particular fabric will create a nice shape on the body, but an exceptional tailor knows how to select the perfect fabric to create the desired shape, look and feel for their client’s individual needs.
In short, you simply cannot underestimate the importance of knowing your fabrics.
It’s all about the detail
The old saying is true, “you buy cheap, you buy twice”, and this really couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to selecting fabrics to create high-quality garments. While it is true the cut of the garment is integral to the finished piece, the item truly comes to life during the selection of the fabric.
At Myles Anthony, we take the pledge to only work with premium fabrics seriously. To track down the finest materials, we have a close relationship with some esteemed British designers such as Scabal, Hunters and Harrison’s of Edinburgh. However, if we can’t find exactly the kind of quality we are striving for, we sometimes venture to Italy to find fabrics that meet our luxury requirements. We spare no expense to deliver you the best garments possible.
We also offer a made-to-measure service where you are treated to a private design consultation, in which your measurements will be taken to ensure that the garment is the perfect fit for you.
The three pillars of fabrics
After scoping the world for luxurious fabrics, we wouldn’t consider using anything other than wool, cashmere and tweed to create our unique garments.
For centuries wool has been the obvious choice for anyone looking for effortlessly chic style, its durable and elastic properties make it the ideal fabric to design beautiful skirts and the thick, yet breathable, weight of the fabric makes it perfect for coats. Cashmere is renowned for being delicate and soft, so it may surprise you to find that it can be transformed into a resilient fabric that is fantastic for coats. While the structure of the garments remains strong and durable, the downy texture of the wool adds an element of sophistication and grace. Finally, it is simply impossible to think of British fabrics without thinking of tweed. This classic fabric holds a pattern which is brimming with country heritage and class, while its durable yet light properties enable it to be crafted into stunning pieces of clothing.
The difference between men’s and women’s fabrics
As a specialist tailor for women, Myles Anthony knows exactly what is required to create bespoke items that fit the female figure perfectly. This is where many other tailors come unstuck.
While they might have an appreciation for high-quality fabrics, they don’t understand the nuances of each specific material. It’s important to remember that there are different types of tweed, for example. You have your hard tweeds and soft tweeds, and while both might be of the highest standard, you need to make sure you’re using the right variation of the fabric to suit each individual client.
Hard tweeds are durable but can also be very rigid, which means they are ideal for men’s clothing but not suitable for women. When designing a garment for a woman, we tend to use softer tweeds as they are more flexible and can be shaped to fit their figure. Tailors that use hard tweeds for women’s items won’t get the perfect fit. It’s that simple.
In addition to this, Myles Anthony selects fabrics to complement a client’s skin tone or the colour of their hair. We’re always meticulous and no stone is left unturned. There’s usually a number of factors to consider before we choose a fabric.