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Who would have thought that in a small country such as Scotland, there would be such a difference in tailoring tastes over the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. It seems strange to me that, despite being only 45 miles apart, Edinburgh and Glasgow have such different tastes. Aberdeen may be 130 miles north, and could be excused for having such variance, but the Edinburgh/Glasgow style differences have really surprised me.
In 7 short months, I have met a varied range of people from many different industries and backgrounds. I love meeting new people and finding out about what they do for a living, or what their hobbies are. I've been surprised at the amount of interests I share with many of my clients too. I love to hear about their style preferences and even more so, the reasons behind them. Some people want to follow trends, some want to buck them. But I think that there are people out there that just want the little details to be a bit different and stand them out from the crowd. Nothing fancy, just something that you'd have to be sartorially minded to spot - like a breast pocket on the right hand side, or no buttonhole on the lapel of the jacket.
Simple, but effective. Edinburgh is the Business City. I have seen more Blue and Grey fabrics chosen here, mainly because many of my clients are building a working wardrobe. Spare trousers are a popular choice with precise measuring featuring more prominently. The trousers have to be spot on, sleeves must show a dash of shirt cuff. Pocket hankies are definitely sought after here. Now, I must add that most of the suits I design with my Edinburgh clients are not Statement pieces. They are smart pieces of kit for the office - sharp lines, often 3 piece , usually navy. But are well fitted to the wearer. Douglas is a great example of this.
Aberdeen seems to be the place for the finer fabrics. Most of the clients in the Granite city like to choose Mohair or Wool and Silk mixes. Colour varies here, I have had selections made of most categories in the colour book. I think that given it's reputation as the Granite City, it's residents and workforce prefer to add some colour to the streets and offices.
Many of the Aberdeen clients also prefer a more relaxed fit, rather than a slim fit. It's a much more classic look compared to the central belt. I've also had a number of 3 button requests in the North East too.
Not surprisingly, the most trend-led part of Scotland is Glasgow. Former European City of Culture. There's a very wide ranging clientle in Glasgow. Some like ultra fitted suits, some like Mod styling. The biggest contrast here is that, even people looking for a business suit are a bit more bold and brave in their style choices and colour choices. Herringbone is popular, as is bold pin-striping. Tweed is also often asked for (See Ross, Below) and I do find that the styles being asked for are more in line with current trends. I really enjoy my visits to Glasgow and I do plan to be there more frequently in 2012.
All in all, Scotland is a great place to be as a tailor at the moment. It never ceases to amaze me how many people out there know exactly what they want from their garments. It gives me great pleasure to work with them to create a look that they are happy with. It does require patience to perfect the template, but once that is complete, the ideas keep flowing. Safe in the knowledge that the garments can be created in a style that suits, in a cloth that they have chosen and in a fit that has been perfected through a number of fittings.
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