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Cad & The Dandy Style Guide – A Shoe for Every Occasion

October 21st, 2014

In an arena where first impressions are vital, it’s best to keep your footwear smart and understated. As a general rule, let the quality do the talking. Black oxfords are a solid work-wear choice. Some punch details are acceptable but for a cleaner, sharper look, plain oxfords are best.

A chunky brogue or well proportioned chukka boot are both ideal footwear choices for casual situations. Dark brown or ox blood chukka boots, with dark laces, look great when paired with selvedge denim jeans and a tweed sports jacket. Alternatively, a pair of chestnut brown, chunky brogues work well with stone chinos and a classic navy blazer.

Tassel loafers or Chelsea boots are stylish enough to step out in, whilst also being hardy enough to take you through to the early hours, should the situation require it. Black tassel loafers look great with a pair of slim grey trousers and a crisp white shirt. Chelsea boots in dark brown or ox blood leather, with a highly polished toe, look extremely classy when teamed with dark blue jeans and a leather jacket.
If you’re investing in good quality footwear, follow these three golden rules to keep shoes and boots at their best.
1. Never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. This allows the shoes time to dry out and will reduce the wear on the soles.
2. Always use shoe trees, inserting straight after each wear. The shoe trees will absorb any moisture and help to keep the shape of the shoe.
3. Polish regularly. Always start by brushing your shoes with a stuff brush as this will remove any surface dirt. Then apply a cream to the welt and upper, which will nourish the leather and help to stop it from cracking/splitting. After this has had time to soak in, apply a wax/polish. This will give the leather its waterproof qualities and enable you to shine your shoes. Once absorbed, give your shoes a good buffing with a soft bristled brush.

Cad & The Dandy, City – +44 (0)20 7283 1975
Cad & The Dandy, Savile Row – +44 (0)20 7434 4344
Posted by Dmitri Kyriakou, Tailoring Consultant.
All images courtesy of Wildsmith –

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It’s Our Savile Row Birthday

June 6th, 2014

We’ve been at our Savile Row shop for a year now and will be celebrating our first birthday very soon, with the help of Chase Vodka, Charles Heidsieck Champagne and Affligem beer. For your chance to win a ticket to the big bash, simply sign up to our newsletter via the home page on our website –

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We’re Hiring – Paid Intern, Savile Row

May 15th, 2014

We are looking for a full time intern to help support our Savile Row team in the areas of general admin, production, marketing, PR and customer service. This is a 6 month paid internship with the potential to become a permanent role.

The ideal candidate will be a well presented, confident, organised, computer literate, multi tasker with strong communication skills and a professional approach. An interest in fashion, tailoring and menswear would be an asset but is not essential.

Email your CV, with a covering letter detailing why you would suit this role, to

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C&D at the Miss Scotland Awards

May 7th, 2014

Thanks to Mike Keat, of The Cuban Brothers fame, for sending us this snap of him, dressed in his Cad & The Dandy tartan finest, presenting the recent MissScotland awards. Not sure you could get away with something this daring at the office, but it definitely gives great stage presence.

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A Cad & The Dandy Style Guide – The Suit Canvas Explained

May 6th, 2014


A traditional method of bespoke suit making, the term canvas refers to the construction of a suit jacket. While the canvas itself is hidden from view, it plays a crucial part in giving balance and structure to a suit. It provides more support for the garment and helps to keep its shape.

As you wear a canvassed suit, over time the canvas itself begins to conform to your body’s shape, becoming a better fit the more you wear it. The canvas structure also increases durability of the garment and helps to create curvature in the chest.

The canvas itself is typically a blend of wool and animal hair (mainly horse and camel). The main benefits of wool and animal hair is that as natural fibres they can be manipulated using pressure, heat and humidity to create and retain shape. They are also light in weight and hard wearing.


The chest piece is probably the most important part of the suit jacket. This is also known as the forepart. It is in this part of the jacket that you have the canvas, made up of three layers -horsehair, demette (a soft felt like fabric) & body canvas. The soft felt is applied as a barrier to prevent the hair fibres in the canvas poking through the outer cloth and scratching the wearer.

The canvas is then hand pad stitched to sit between the outer cloth and the inner lining of a suit jacket. This gives beautifully soft and elegant 3d contouring. Hand pad stitching is also applied to the lapels and collars, where the cloth is rolled while stitching to achieve a soft and perfect curve on the lapel and top collar.


At Cad & the Dandy we use horsehair canvas in all of our hand made suits, both fully bespoke and hybrid. In our fully bespoke suits, the canvas is applied through the full length of the jackets foreparts, from the top of the shoulder to the hemline. In our hybrid suits, we use a half canvas, which runs from the top of the foreparts down to the waist.

With our fully bespoke service you can rest assured that your suit has a full canvas, giving the benefit of a longer lifespan and a fit like no other – perfect shape, feel, comfort and silhouette which only improves with wear. The hybrid suit has the advantage of being a more accessible price for most whilst retaining the benefit of an improved lapel roll and reinforced seamless shaping through the chest.

Our fully bespoke suits start from £950 and take 10-12 weeks

Our hybrid suits start from £750 and take 10 weeks

For further information or to book a consultation please contact us
Cad & The Dandy City – 020 7283 1975

Cad & The Dandy Savile Row – 020 7434 4344

Posted by Jorden Barratt, Client Liaison

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Made in Chelsea comes to Savile Row

April 29th, 2014

Causing a bit of a storm this morning, with some of our more conservative clients, after being spotted on last night’s Made in Chelsea episode. Watch via this link to see what all the fuss is about (we’re 27 minutes in) –






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John Baker – Meanwhile on Savile Row

April 25th, 2014

Our very own John Baker, gracing the small screen with his sartorial presence via the Meanwhile on Savile Row blog –


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Art of Tailoring Photos in Square Mile Magazine

April 24th, 2014

Great selection of snaps from our recent Art of Tailoring event featured in this month’s issue of Square Mile Magazine –

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A Cad & The Dandy Style Guide – Summer Suits & Separates

April 2nd, 2014

Summer comes with the promise of fine weather – long hot days and mild balmy evenings. At least, that’s what we always hope for and if the recent long-term weather forecasts in the press are anything to go by, it looks like this summer is set to be a scorcher. So, when buying suits for summer wear, it’s worth considering the following;


Our fully bespoke, handmade suit is the best choice for warmer weather. The handmade jacket contains a fully floating canvas. This means the internals of the chest are all stitched by hand. The chest panels (foreparts) contain canvas, horsehair and melton. The hand stitching of these three components allows air to travel more freely, making the suit more breathable. Machine made suits have the canvas, horsehair and melton fused and then machine stitched together, which makes the jacket thicker and thereby less breathable.

In addition to opting for a hand made suit, you can always choose a part lined jacket. Less lining inside the jacket helps to increase airflow in and around the garment, greatly improving breathability.


When selecting your fabrics, it’s always best to go for lighter weight wools and mohairs, somewhere between 7-9 oz. Linen is also a great choice for warmer climes, but has a more casual feel when finished so is a less attractive business option, however it remains popular for weddings and separates.

While some of you may be put off wearing tweed in the summer months, we do offer an 11oz city tweed which is lighter than regular tweeds, which tend to start at 14oz. The city tweed is therefor fine for summer wear and is available in a variety of colour ways from fabric mills LBD and Holland & Sherry.


Colour consideration is also important. Lighter shades reflect light rather than absorb it, making the garment much cooler to wear. For more formal occasions and work wear there’s definitely room for experimenting with colour. Step away from the more traditional and conservative dark shades of charcoal and navy and head towards lighter shades of grey and more interesting, vibrant blues.

The Yorkshire Textile Company offers a few of our favourites, with more unusual shades of brighter blue. Still conservative enough to wear for the office and ideal for beating the heat, these come in at 9oz, making them very breathable. Holland & Sherry’s Cape Horn bunch has an interesting range of colours and patterns in 8oz fabrics that are also worth considering.


Here at C&D we are huge fans of the waistcoat. The addition of a waistcoat gives suits a super smart look as well as an additional layer of warmth in spring and autumn. In summer the waistcoat really comes into its own when those suit jackets come off.

Having a waistcoat allows you to keep the formality of the three-piece suit but also gives the flexibility of an entirely different look and feel when worn alone with trousers and a shirt. It also allows for an additional layer of style in its contrasting back, usually constructed in a lining fabric (which is lighter in weight). This is just one part of a suit that you can really have fun with, opting for vibrant contrasting colours, patterns and designs.


Our fully bespoke hand made suits take between 10-12 weeks to finish. Order now for late June/early July completion.

Cad & The Dandy City – 020 7283 1975
Cad & The Dandy Savile Row – 020 7434 4344
Posted by Jennifer White, Store Manager

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Cad & The Dandy – A Comprehensive Review

March 27th, 2014

Controversial? Us?! Read The Student Tailor’s comprehensive review of our products and services via the MensFlair blog, and decide for yourselves –

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