select - Bespoke Tailoring

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Off-the-rack is one thing, made-to-measure another, but only bespoke tailoring gets you individually patterned clothes created to your own specific measurements and stitched together with an unerring eye for detail. For the perfect fit and garments that are unique, only one of the world’s top tailors will suffice.

 


London

Ray Stowers’ studio, 13 Savile Row

Savile Row is probably the most famous address in the world for bespoke tailoring and excellent craftsmanship, and has been home to high-end tailor’s shops since the early 19th century. It takes several appointments over a few months to produce the world’s best shirts and suits at the likes of Gieves & Hawkes – which supplies suits and riding jackets to the aristocracy – or Hardy Amies, the fashion label long associated with creations for Queen Elizabeth. Although Savile Row retains an old-world feel, lately a new generation of tailors has been making its mark along the Row, such as Carlo Brandelli at Kilgour for Italian chic blended with English decorum, and Richard James for Sixties-inspired fashion for both men and women. Hop across to nearby Jermyn Street for tailor-made pyjamas, shoes, boots, and shirts.


WHERE
Savile Row is in the upmarket Mayfair district of central London and runs parallel to Regent Street.


WHY
Jude Law, Tom Cruise, Winston Churchill, Napoleon III, monarchs, and dukes frequented this famous retail strip.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways flies four times daily from Doha to London-Heathrow.

 


Hong Kong

Manu Melwani

Hong Kong is well-known among travellers for its quickly-made and budget-priced suits, but it’s also one of the world centres of bespoke tailoring, using quality fabrics that range from English tweed and wool to the best Thai silk and Egyptian cotton. Perhaps the most famous tailor is Sam’s Tailors, founded in 1957 and still run by the Melwani family. In colonial days it supplied dress uniforms to the British Army. Clients include royals, several US presidents and British prime ministers, sports and music stars, and many more. Michael Palin had a suit made there for his TV travel programme Around the World in 80 Days. But the ladies don’t have to miss out; head to One Design for colourful, body-hugging, split-thigh traditional cheongsam dresses that recall the glamour of Shanghai in the 1930s.


WHERE
Sam’s Tailors is in Burlington Arcade on Nathan Road, in Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon side of the harbour.


WHY
If you’re a mover and shaker, this isn’t just Hong Kong’s best tailor, but a world-famous place to get suited up.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has daily flights from Doha to Hong Kong.

 


Moscow

Sammy Kotwani

For the finest bespoke tailoring in the Russian capital, look no farther than the Imperial Tailoring Company. Indian-trained Sammy Kotwani is at the helm, overseeing the creation of the personal patterns and dozens of measurements that go into each business suit. The shop is more London than Moscow, with wood panelling, burgundy ceilings, and leather armchairs – and even a grand piano.


WHERE
Imperial Tailoring Company is on Rubniy Pereulok by the Gostiniy Dvor exhibition hall in central Moscow, a short walk from Red Square.


WHY
Frequented by presidents of the ex-Soviet republics, and celebrities alike, this is Moscow’s best bespoke tailor.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has ten flights a week from Doha to Moscow.

 


Milan

Mario Caraceni, Carlo & Massimiliano Andreacchio

Milan is one of the epicentres of fashion and home to fashion labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Armani. But for those seeking bespoke quality that goes beyond the brands, Caraceni is the name that tops them all. In the old days, Domenico Caraceni used to dress the likes of Greek and Italian kings, Aristotle Onassis, and Hollywood legends such as Gary Cooper and Humphrey Bogart. Today the family business has several, separate outlets, though Mario Caraceni is considered the best. But former Caraceni apprentice Gianni Campagna has now emerged as perhaps Milan’s top tailor with a shop in the splendid Palazzo Bernasconi. His suits take 60 hours to hand-tailor, cost upwards of US$10,000, are limited to just 150 a year, and much sought-after by movie stars, monarchs, and fashionistas alike.


WHERE
A. Caraceni is on Via Fatebenefratelli and Gianni Campagna on Via Palestro in downtown Milan’s elegant shopping district.


WHY
As you might expect in a city famous for its luxury fashion brands, bespoke suits from Milan are as good as they get.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has daily flights from Doha to Milan.

 


New York

Skilled hands at work

Hailing from Naples, a master tailor in Italy and now President of the Custom Tailors and Designers Association of America, William Fioravanti is considered the person to go to in New York for a top suit crafted from top-quality merino wool or cashmere. Working by appointment only and considered one of the world’s best tailors, Fioravanti individually designs, cuts, and hand-sews suits that take several fittings and many subtle alterations until they are perfect. Fortune 500 CEOs, movie stars, and politicians are among his clients. Some say that after a visit you’ll understand that mere fashion is only about what’s next; Fioravanti is about eternal style. Not surprisingly, his suits are among the most expensive anywhere. Las Vegas business magnate Steve Wynn once joked you go to Fioravanti rich and famous, and leave only famous.


WHERE
William Fioravanti is on West 57th Street, just off Broadway in the NoLita district of lower Manhattan.


WHY
The city that never sleeps is certainly not dozing on the tailoring front; this is America’s top city for bespoke attire.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has daily flights from Doha to New York.

 


Sydney

John Cutler

Many claim Melbourne is Australia’s most stylish city, but when it comes to bespoke tailoring, none can beat the Sydney firm of J.H. Cutler, which for over a century has been supplying politicians, judges, diplomats, and other leading lights with tailor-made gentlemen’s shirts, trousers, and suits from top-quality European fabrics. The firm has links to Savile Row and is noted for old-world service and craftsmanship.


WHERE
J.H. Cutler is at 12 O’Connell Street in Sydney’s downtown business district.


WHY
Four generations of Cutlers and 125 years of experience go into the creation of these Australian- made bespoke garments, which rank among the world’s best.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has daily flights from Doha to Melbourne, with connecting domestic flights to Sydney.

 
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