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JOHN MAINES
Style Advisor

Hi there, I’m John and I’m the style advisor for our Manchester studio. My passion for personal style, fashion and creativity began at an early age, leading me onto studying menswear design, cut and construction at Liverpool John Moores University, attaining a 2:1 BA with Honours in Fashion and Textile Design in 2008. Since then I have worked as a dressmaker and designer, occasionally make my own garments, and built a successful retail and service career in high street and luxury. My idea of the perfect suit is a navy or grey three-piece, two-button jacket with notched collar and double vent, with four-button waistcoat without lapels. The trousers would have a single break where they hit the shoe and a single pleat on the trousers. To add creative flair, a contrast pocket square and tie, finished with contrast silk lining and tan shoes would go nicely. Happy designing everyone!

My Customers Say

   You know the drill, you find a suit that looks brilliant, it ticks all the boxes in terms of your particular style, and now you want to find the right size. If you're anything like me, this is where all of the problems start. "Correct size" jackets are too tight across the back and upper arms, and "correct size" pants are too tight around the calves and the thighs. The problem obviously lies in choosing a fit based predominantly on two measurements, chest and waist. Going up a size in the jacket means the back and arms are now correct but the waist is too baggy. The same goes for the pants, a bigger size provides the room in the thighs and calves but means having way too much slack in the waist. Using a belt to take the slack up just means that excess material gathers at the front of the trousers. This results in having a suit that never quite fits properly. While I can live with this in the suits I wear for work, it was not going to cut it for my wedding suit. Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day, which meant that I had to go for a tailored suit. I'm a big advocate of doing your research and I wasn't prepared to fork over a considerable sum of money for something that was only slightly better than an off-the-rack product. I was hugely impressed with the online reviews for ASTF, and their online "suit-builder" is what sealed the deal. I was able to design a suit to my exact specifications and once I was happy I booked an initial fitting. The amount of measurements the tailor took was baffling and the number of different materials, linings etc. was amazing. I knew at that point that I'd made the right decision. I paid for the suit and 3 fitments later I'm happy to report that I got EXACTLY what I paid for. The jacket and waistcoat were very close to perfect straightaway, although the pants were quite a way off. However, after every fitment, each item got closer and closer until finally the fit was perfect. It took a little over a month and a half from payment to receiving the finished suit and taking it home. I'm ecstatic with the finished product and can't recommended ASTF enough. They are fast, professional, reasonably priced, and diligent. If you are looking at this review, then chances are you are debating whether or not to use ASTF for a bespoke garment. All I can say to you, based on my experience, is do it! You will not be disappointed.   

Scott
10/23/2017



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