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A Cad & The Dandy Style Guide – Yardsmen Hirewear

June 15th, 2015


 
Some of you may know that we recently launched Yardsmen, a new gentleman’s formalwear hire store, dealing exclusively in Savile Row suits.
 
The Yardsmen were a group of mill workers who epitomised style and pushed the boundaries of innovation across the tailoring industry – offering quality without compromise. These values are at the core of this new service.
 

 
In Yardsmen we have created the antithesis to the one well-known destination for formal hirewear by making the craftsmanship of Savile Row tailoring available to a modern audience, at a fraction of the cost of buying a Savile Row suit. All Yardsmen’s suits are made from the finest British cloth, using time-honoured traditions, and are classically understated with a modern twist.
 

 
Garments can be collected a full week before an event. Customers use a simple click and collect service that allows pick up and return at a time and location convenient to them, giving even the busiest of clients the opportunity to wear an outstanding Savile Row suit, tailored around their lifestyle. Whether you’re dressing for a wedding, a full day at the races, kitting out a gang of groomsmen or attending a white tie event, Yardsmen can meet your every formalwear need.
 

 
With a UK base in London’s Lower Marsh, clients can visit the store or simply order online. For further information on the full range of Yardsmen’s services, please email contact@yardsmen.com.

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Bespoke Shirts for Summer

May 14th, 2015


 
Save yourself the embarrassment of ill fitting shirts this summer by upgrading to our fully bespoke shirt service. We have recently introduced a core range of signature shirting cloths, selected by our tailoring staff, specifically with our customers in mind.
 

 
From plain cottons, to city stripes there are designs and weights for every climate and occasion. Prices start at £150 for one shirt but ordering four shirts at the same time reduces the price to £120 per shirt.
 

 
To find out more about our bespoke shirt services visit our website, or to book a consultation, please contact us at;
 
First floor, 13 Savile Row, London, W1S 3NE
T: 020 7434 4344
E: savilerow@cadandthedandy.co.uk
 
23 Birchin Lane, London, EC3V 9DJ
T: 020 7283 1975
E: city@cadandthedandy.co.uk
 

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A Cad & The Dandy Style Guide – The Bespoke Paper Pattern

May 12th, 2015


 
Cutting a bespoke paper pattern is the foundation stage of making a bespoke suit. During their initial consultation our client’s have an extensive set of body measurements taken and recorded. Our cutters then translate these measurements to construct a flat paper pattern consisting of a number of panels. This paper pattern is laid out over the client’s cloth of choice and is used to ‘strike’ the cloth. Put simply, ‘striking’ is the process by which the cutter marks out the shape of each paper pattern panel onto the cloth, using tailor’s chalk.
 

 
After ‘striking’, the cloth panels are cut-out by our cutters before being passed to our coat makers. A coat maker is responsible for making up the rough shape or ‘baste’ of a garment. It is this baste that will be tried on by the client at their first ‘baste fitting’. Tweaks to the fit of the garment are made at this stage which are then noted and transferred to the original bespoke pattern, ensuring the best possible fit on this and all future garments. It is this process that makes each bespoke garment truly individual and unique.
 

 
Being a cutter requires a huge amount of skill and training, taking approximately 5 years for one of our Savile Row apprentice cutters to become a fully fledged cutters, a further 5 years to become accomplished at the job, and 5 more to be recognised as a master craftsman. Traditionally with Savile Row tailors, each cutter has a house style to which they adhere but here at Cad & The Dandy we take a more modern approach, giving our client’s a combination of the look they want to achieve along with our expert advice on what will enhance their natural stature and silhouette.
 

 

 

 
To find out more about our bespoke services, or to book a consultation, please contact us at;
 
First floor, 13 Savile Row, London, W1S 3NE
T: 020 7434 4344
E: savilerow@cadandthedandy.co.uk
 
23 Birchin Lane, London, EC3V 9DJ
T: 020 7283 1975
E: city@cadandthedandy.co.uk
 

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Cad & The Dandy at London’s Annual Tweed Run

April 20th, 2015

The annual Tweed Run was held in London on Saturday, in which a mass of tweed clad cyclists take to the city streets in their well-pressed best. Not to be missed, it was our second appearance in the event, with our MD James Sleater and Savile Row tailor, John Baker, riding tandem, cutting a dash across some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Well done to everyone involved. We met old friends and made some firm new ones. Here’s a few sartorial snaps of the day for you to enjoy.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Images: The Tweed Run, Smashing Cycling Club, Laura Woodley and Axel de Beaumont.

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Cad & The Dandy Charity Skydive

April 15th, 2015


 
Our MD, James Sleater, and Savile Row tailoring consultant, John Baker, will shortly be experiencing the adrenaline rush of tandem skydiving with the Red Devils. After an initial introduction to the Red Devils Team, James and John will board their aircraft, climbing to 13,000ft, before being attached to their instructors in readiness for the jump. Not simply for kicks, they are aiming to raise a total of £3000 for Havens Hospices, who care for seriously ill adults & children. We are asking that you pledge a donation, no matter how big or small, to help them to achieve their target and lend your support to this very worthy cause.
 
When a family has been told there’s no cure for their loved one’s illness, Havens Hospices are there to help, making the journey as comfortable as possible. They don’t charge a penny for the care they provide & that’s only possible because of donations from people like you. You can read more about Havens Hospices and the work that they do by visiting their website at www.havenshospices.org.uk.
 
We hope you will dig deep for this fantastic charity and for the opportunity to see James and John launched from an aeroplane, 2 and a half miles up!! Donations can be made via our Just Giving fundraising page. Photographs of the event will follow…..
 

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A Cad & The Dandy Style Guide – Bespoke Summer Blazers

April 9th, 2015


 
Whether sharpening up a more casual outfit or making an individual style statement, there’s no denying that the versatility of a bespoke blazer makes it a staple of any summer wardrobe.
 
A blazer should be worn as a garment in its own right – not just a jacket taken from one of your suits. Suit jackets look more formal than their blazer counterparts so don’t work as well when paired with a more relaxed cut of trouser. Suit jackets are cut to be worn with just a shirt or waistcoat underneath, whereas a blazer can be cut to accommodate multiple layers, including knitwear, which is useful for those chilly summer evenings. In general, blazers provide a less formal look than suit jackets but are smarter than sports jackets, which tend to have a less structured, looser fit.
 

 
The other advantage of a blazer is that there’s room to experiment with a wide variety of cloths. From pastel coloured linens to soft cashmeres, lightweight tweeds, boating stripes, corduroys and checks, the opportunity for making strong style statements are plentiful. Whether paired with jeans and slip on loafers or cotton twill trousers and traditional brogues, a blazer is guaranteed to pull the outfit together.
 

 
Single or double-breasted, the blazer is endlessly flexible and as such, one of the most valuable items in your wardrobe.
 
To find out more about our bespoke blazers, or to book a consultation, please contact us at;
 
13 Savile Row, London, W1S 3NE
T: 020 7434 4344
E: savilerow@cadandthedandy.co.uk
 
23 Birchin Lane, London, EC3V 9DJ
T: 020 7283 1975
E: city@cadandthedandy.co.uk
 

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The Golden Shears Awards

March 20th, 2015


 
We were very proud to have our Savile Row apprentice cutter, Claudia, (pictured above left with our Savile Row head cutter, David) make it through to the 24 finalists of the Golden Shear’s Awards last week, selected from over 200 entrants. Her military tunic (pictured above right) and contrasting trousers were executed with great skill and craftsmanship. The distinctive cloths were generously provided by Fox Brothers & Dugdale Bros, combining to make a striking impact on the night. The awards are a highly anticipated event on the bespoke tailoring calendar, showcasing some of the best up and coming talent within the tailoring world. Our congratulations to all of the finalists.
 

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Cad & The Dandy Style Guide – The Cloths of Huddersfield

March 5th, 2015

Cad & The Dandy - Huddersfield Cloth
 
We recently commissioned a film (soon to be added to our website) that focuses on the high quality British cloths produced in the mills of Huddersfield. This month’s style guide serves as an introduction to the film, using stills taken from it, to illustrate a brief history of the town’s textile industry and the remarkable cloths it is famed for producing.
 
Cad & The Dandy at the Mills of Huddersfield
 
Huddersfield is a town located in West Yorkshire, where the rivers Colne and Holme converge. It didn’t take long for the early inhabitants of the area to realise that the water from these rivers produced outstanding results when used for the washing of raw wool. Having access to this famously soft Penine water led to the birth of the region’s world famous textile industry and is the reason it remains the envy of woollen producers around the world today.
 
Water from the Penines
 
Initially a cottage industry, the industrial revolution of the 19th century changed everything, with large-scale mill production taking over. Manufacturers demanded the highest level of expertise from their workers, and so Huddersfield quickly became synonymous with fine woollen and worsted cloths. ‘Made in Huddersfield, England’ became a highly respected and globally revered trademark.
 
Traditional loom
 
The soft handle of a Huddersfield cloth.
 
The period between the late 19th and early 20th century was a boom time for textiles in the area but by the mid 20th century, business was in decline and many of the mills were closed or reinvented for new uses. Those that remain in the town that gave the world luxury cloth, run highly specialised operations, continuing the original traditions of textile manufacture in a very competitive and demanding global marketplace.
 
Cloth being woven on a modern loom.
 
Cloth being washed at the finishers
 
In recent years there has been a marked increase in the demand for quality British made cloths in new and more sophisticated markets. With the industry employing highly skilled designers, weavers, and finishers, these cloths are now more sought after than ever before with couturiers, design houses, garment makers and the finest tailors worldwide. Which is where we come in.
 
James inspecting the cloth.
 
At Cad & The Dandy, being able to offer our customers the finest in contemporary British cloths is something we are incredibly proud of. These cloths are still woven in the mills of Huddersfield today, using skills and expertise passed down through many generations.
 
The legendary quality of these woven cloths gives them a strength and durability which allows our tailors to manipulate, shape and stitch them into the finest bespoke tailored garments without damaging the fabric or compromising the drape. From companies that include JJ Minnis, William Halstead, Yorkshire Textiles and Dugdale Bros, we have a wide choice of designs and weights available to suit all seasons and budgets.
 
To find out more about these cloths, or to book a consultation, please contact us at;
 
13 Savile Row, London, W1S 3NE
T: 020 7434 4344
E: savilerow@cadandthedandy.co.uk
 
23 Birchin Lane, London, EC3V 9DJ
T: 020 7283 1975
E: city@cadandthedandy.co.uk
 

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Cad & The Dandy Style Guide – Morning Suits

February 9th, 2015


 
Following on from last month’s Wedding Suits style guide, this month we are going into a bit more detail on Morning Suits. Whether you’re considering a morning suit for your wedding or simply for a formal occasion, we have all the information you need to carry this outfit off with aplomb.
 

 
The name ‘Morning Coat’ originated in the nineteenth century from the practice of gentlemen riding their horses in the morning, wearing a cutaway front, single breasted coat. The modern interpretation of morning dress was originally a more casual form of half dress, but as the nineteenth century progressed it became acceptable to wear it in more formal situations. In the Edwardian era its popularity surpassed that of the frock coat to become the standard daytime form of men’s full dress.
 

 
Morning dress is now rarely worn as anything other than formal wear, consisting mainly of a black morning coat, contrasting waistcoat, and striped trousers. Also known as ‘top hat and tails’, today’s morning dress is mainly worn at weddings and formal daytime events, especially at Royal or Court events such as Royal Ascot and Trooping the Colour. It may also be considered for funerals and memorial services.
 

 
As well as the traditional ensemble, men may also wear a more popular, contemporary variant where all parts (morning coat, waistcoat and trousers) are the same colour and material. Often grey and usually called ‘Morning Grey’ to distinguish it, this is only properly appropriate when worn at weddings and summer events. Morning suits with matching garments, especially lighter-toned fabrics, are considered slightly less formal.
 

 
Here’s our handy breakdown of the component parts;
 
Morning coat (the morning cut of a tailcoat) – always referred to as the morning jacket, it is commonly single breasted with one button, or very rarely two, and has peaked lapels.
Waistcoat – usually in a contrasting dove grey, pale yellow or light blue, if choosing the black coat option.
Trousers – a pair of formal striped trousers in shades of grey and black, in a variety of stripe widths and designs with dogstooth, another option we sometimes recommend.
Shirt – there are two options for a collar shape; the pointed or increasingly popular cut away. A turn down collar is the classic choice, worn with a tie, double cuffs and cufflinks.
Tie – we recommend a tie over the cravat option, as ties have a more contemporary feel.
Pocket Square – a plain or patterned silk handkerchief or pocket square may be worn; it is folded and inserted into the front breast pocket of the morning coat.
Shoes – a pair of highly polished black oxford shoes or dress boots.
Top Hat – grey or black, mainly worn at the races.
Gloves – lightweight, in grey or lemon.
 
To find out more, or to book a consultation for your bespoke morning suit, please contact us at;
 
13 Savile Row, London, W1S 3NE
T: 020 7434 4344
E: savilerow@cadandthedandy.co.uk
 
23 Birchin Lane, London, EC3V 9DJ
T: 020 7283 1975
E: city@cadandthedandy.co.uk
 

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THE NOISE OF ICE : ANTARTICA by ENZO BARRACCO

January 22nd, 2015


 
“Inspired by the legendary expeditions of Ernest Shackleton, photographer Enzo Barracco organised an expedition to Antarctica in 2012 with the support of Nikon, Columbia Sport and the United Nations… with intriguing results.”
 
We are offering you the opportunity to join us at the private view of this stunning photography exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR (Entrance via Exhibition Road), on Wednesday 28th January, from 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Please email newsletter@cadandthedandy.co.uk if you would like to attend.
 
As well as enjoying drinks at the event, guests will have the opportunity to bid in a silent auction on a variety of luxury items, a selection of the exhibition photographs and a bespoke suit from us.
 
Enzo’s new book about Antarctica will be launched this year and includes a foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes and an introduction by the Director of the Royal Geographical Society, Dr Rita Gardner.
 

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