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Cad & The Dandy Style Guide – A Need for Tweed

November 3rd, 2014

Tweed has a long glorious history in Great Britain and here at Cad & The Dandy, we are proud to use fabrics from its finest merchants, who are the envy of woollen producers across the world. These master weavers and finishers supply us with a wonderful array of both classic and contemporary designs, covering a broad price range, giving our clients a multitude of options.
Modern tweed style
All the wonderful qualities of tweed make it a perfect choice for a suit, but as the cloth itself can be quite heavy, it’s even more important to make the right choices in regard to weight, cut and style, whilst also selecting a colour to compliment both you and your environment. So, this month’s style guide is dedicated to the considerations you should make when choosing a tweed suit.
Traditionally tweeds were a heavyweight cloth, made to withstand harsh outdoor conditions and climates, and were dyed in colours to blend into the natural country surroundings when worn for hunting. But, as times have changed so have the variety of cloths available. From the heaviest estate tweeds at 22 ounces per yard, down to relatively refined fabrics at just 11 or 12 ounces, the lighter weights will keep you warm, dry and well dressed whilst being a perfect choice for all sorts of situations through the cooler seasons.
Tweed shooting jacket and waistcoat
Choose from a full palette of hues and shades to suit every taste and environment, including vibrant bright cloths for those who want to stand out from the crowd. Brown, dark blue, and black tweeds are a popular choice for casual Fridays in the city, but whether for country pursuits, relaxing at the weekend, travel or business, there is a weight to suit every requirement.
Selection of Tweeds
The wonderful thing about buying a tweed suit, especially a 3 piece, is that each garment can be worn individually – dressed up or dressed down to suit both smart and casual occasions. These suits can’t be overpowered so you can team them with the most striking shirts and accessories.
Whether you’re in a meeting, or at a country shoot, you will feel comfortable and confident in a beautifully cut tweed suit. This cloth has a bold character, but you can add your own twists by adding contrasting colour on the buttonhole thread, pocket flaps and elbow patches, or simply by selecting an opulent lining of beautiful paisley, statement stripe or polka dot. Depending on your stature, you can choose from 1, 2 or 3 button jackets with a fitted, semi fitted, or loose cut, all of which allows you to create your own individual look and choose a style to best accentuate your assets.
At Cad & The Dandy our bespoke tweed suits are always impeccably hand finished, with the more subtle hand sewn edges ensuring the jacket holds its shape better. Working cuffs are standard, and the hand-finished buttonholes give a raised, more elegant look.
Hand tailored garment
Whether you want to create a traditional look, a contemporary killer tweed or be the much loved dandy, our tailors are always on hand to guide you through the many different choices available. To book a consultation, simply contact us via any of the options detailed below.
Cad & The Dandy, City – +44 (0)20 7283 1975
Cad & The Dandy, Savile Row – +44 (0)20 7434 4344

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The start of a new suit.

October 29th, 2014

And so the process of a new bespoke suit begins, via a footstool of cloth bunches in Savile Row.

Cad and The Dandy Bespoke Tailor Savile Row


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Clement Weather Wear

October 28th, 2014

Faced with this unexpectedly warm weather, the question of how best to dress, to cover both the warmth of midday and the chill of a clear autumn evening, comes to the fore. For the sharpest of looks, with and without the jacket, this mid weight, three piece, grey flannel bespoke suit makes a perfect choice.


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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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