Looking for an affordable tailored suit in Belfast?
In the past, the gentlemen of Belfast have had to choose between two options: buy an ill-fitting, off-the-peg suit at a department store or invest a huge amount of money visiting a local tailor.
All that is about to change.
This month, A Suit That Fits is moving into the Belfast tailoring market, offering affordable bespoke tailored suits to the residents of Belfast.
Tailoring in the north of Ireland
The Emerald Isle has a distinguished history of tailoring and cloth production – in particular, County Donegal, which is known for its centuries-old, handwoven, Donegal tweed.
Sheep thrive on the Irish hills and there are many natural products in Ireland that can be used to dye cloth, including blackberries and fuchsia.
This makes it the ideal place for cloth production, especially the rougher sorts of cloth like tweed. Donegal is most famous for its plain weave tweed, but it also produces check and herringbone patterns.
Cloth production in Belfast
Belfast itself owed a large part of its success in the nineteenth century to the textile industry. In particular, it was known for a thriving, international trade in linen, which earned the city the nickname “Linenopolis.”
After the Great War, the rise of mass-produced cotton clothes caused Belfast’s textile industry to decline, but you can still pay a visit to the Linen Quarter in central Belfast. The present site of Belfast City Hall was once home to the White Linen Hall (below), an important international linen exchange in the late nineteenth century.
If you live in Belfast and want to wear something true to your Northern Irish roots, try styling a bespoke tweed suit or bespoke linen suit with A Suit That Fits. You’ll look great.
One of the newest tailors to emerge from Northern Ireland is Belfast-born James Weir. He works for the esteemed tailor Henry Poole & Co and is currently the youngest apprentice tailor on Savile Row.
Though living in London now, he continues to pay homage to his Irish roots: “Donegal tweed and linen are both very important in what I do now and I love wearing my three-piece,” he tells the Belfast Telegraph.
A Suit That Fits in Belfast
Stay tuned for more information on the imminent opening of our Belfast studio!
In the meantime, our Cork tailor Karen is currently offering tailoring and style-advice services in Belfast on Thursdays and Fridays between 10am and 6pm. There really is no better place to buy a bespoke tailored suit in Belfast than A Suit That Fits.