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With wedding suit orders overtaking business suit orders by a country mile - whereas 50% of my time is usually spent making business suits - it's certainly more wedding suits that I'm being asked to make at the moment.
I think it's safe to say we are well and truly in the grip of wedding fever!. And not one to miss out on a photo opportunity, I even took the plunge myself recently - though not with the current Saffron Darby and not a ceremony that was legally binding you understand, but with No.
So, what to wear: Well let's start by looking at what my grooms are having made.
Brown in TownWhilst Bristol is the gateway to the South West, it is not only my rural customers who are requesting autumnal colour-ways for their big day.
I've definitely seen an increase in the number of brown suits being commissioned, and this goes hand-in-hand with the increase in vintage weddings and the more trad' style - coffee brown cashmere/wool herringbon has been popular as has brown pin stripe and chalk stripe.
That's not to say I'm not making suits in other cloths; pic-n-pic in blue - very Don Draper, the Mad Men style gathering pace in Bristol now - also Prince of Wales check in grey and even morning suits have become more popular.
However, the cloth that I'm most excited by is linen. This 3pc beige linen suit was inspired by The Great Gatsby - which although has recently been remade, I've only just seen the original!
I love linen's slightly dishevelled appearance, it's very Brits abroad. And for those who are not accustomed to wearing suits - or consider it an infringement of their human rights - then look no further than linen!
When cut to fit, and tailored to perfection, the silhouette alone is enough to show that one takes the occasion seriously enough to have gone to the trouble of having a suit made, however the lightweight and cooling nature, ney the colour itself, should provide just the right amount of flamboyance, and if necessary, rebellion.
The other benefit if linen is that I have an incredible pallette of colours from bright red, sky blue to pastels galore.
So don't take Bristol's local tailor's word for it, come see for yourself!
Oh, and best of luck on the big day..
Wedding Dress: www.allisonjayne.com
Tea party: www.debange.co.uk
As we approached NZ's Auckland runway I pondered whether I'd discovered the perfect travel companion - my wonderful partner and mother of my unborn child aside that is - my new linen jacket , flannel trousers and a summer checks shirt ensemble were just the ticket.
My is half-lined, in bright yellow satin, providing a more relaxed fit and is also cut generously around the waist and across the back to make it easier to remove mid-flight.
Cut from our heavier linen range of cloth it provides not only the necessary pockets for passport, mobile phone and pen, required for travelling, but also an extra layer (I often find airlines far too hot mid-flight these days) and looks better the more crumpled it becomes, which is less than it's lighter weight stable mate. The yellow contrast stitching on the button hole and also the cuff give it a hint of I'm off on a summer holiday, but I'm British so let's not get carried away about it, and match the internal lining and piping - a nice touch I thought, especially when fellow passengers are treated to a flash each time it is taken on and off.
The linen's inky blue colour is a perfect contrast for my camel coloured flannel trousers, which I enjoy wearing for travel - it also works well with jeans, not to mention the shorts which ironically I had made before I had the jacket made, pictured - and provide comfort and warmth before take-off when the air-con is turned on full blast.
The shirt is made from our summer checks collection cloth and is incredibly lightweight, does not crease easily and the brown and blue colourway could not compliment the jacket and trousers more perfectly.
If you have any sartorial travel dilemmas or are concerned about Bristol fashion faux pas, please do get in touch.
What's so great about the Brompton is that, not only can it take me anywhere - and I mean anywhere - but upon arrival at such destinations, I can fold her up and take her anywhere - to the appointment, in a lift, in a car etc.
- negating the need to lock her up and leave her outside - and we don't want the Brooks saddle getting wet, now do we?!. Being based in Queen Square - the 5th largest Georgian square in Europe, according to my new friend Justin Lee Collins - we rub shoulders with lots of dapper ladies and gents, and delight in providing them with outstanding service and creating garments that cannot be found elsewhere.
The only downside of living in Bristol - if indeed I can call it that - is that it can rain without warning. But, with my faithful Fox umbrella strapped to the rear luggage rack, I'm never caught short!
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