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Bespoke Suits – Hand Pad Stitching

December 18th, 2014


 
One of our bespoke jackets in progress, showing the hand pad stitched chest canvas, made up in cloth from Bateman and Ogden’s Fine & Dandy bunch.
 
You can read more about our bespoke suits, and the making process, in the bespoke suit section of our website.
 

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Christmas Opening Hours

December 16th, 2014

As the festive peak fast approaches, we wanted to let you know that will be closed on certain days over Christmas and New Year, and changing our regular hours on the days in between. Please see details of Savile Row and Birchin Lane opening times below.
 

 

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GQ’s 100 best Things in the World

December 15th, 2014


 
We’re very pleased to feature at No.83 in GQ’s ’100 Best Things in the World Right Now’. See the full article in the January issue, available now.
 

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Christmas Drinks Drop-In

December 11th, 2014


 
You are invited to join us for mince pies and mulled wine, on Thurs 18th December, from 1pm – 7pm, in our Savile Row & Birchin Lane shops. Drop in, say hello & take advantage of our festive, free bespoke shirt offer, only available on the day.
 
If you have any queries about this event or the free bespoke shirt offer, please email info@cadandthedandy.co.uk
 

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Cloth Covered Notebooks

December 10th, 2014


 
Following on from yesterday’s ultimate gift, this one is more of a stylish stocking filler. Our new range of limited edition, cloth covered A5 notebooks can only be purchased in Savile Row and Birchin Lane and are as practical as they are eye catching.
 
Each book is covered in the highest quality cloth, in a variety of patterns, and features an individual, orange ribbon placeholder. With both lined and plain plain page options available, they are ideal for work, study or general use.
 

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Giving the Gift of Style

December 9th, 2014


 
For the ultimate Christmas gift, what could be better better than the experience of having a beautifully hand crafted, bespoke garment made? Look no further than our stylish Gift Vouchers, for which you simply select a preferred garment and its denomination. The receiver will then have the pleasure of picking their cloth, selecting their style and have one of our expert tailors create the perfect garment for them.
 
Gift vouchers can be purchased at both our Savile Row and Birchin Lane shops, as well as via our website. Each voucher is hand written, tastefully wrapped and delivered to the address of your choice. All that remains is for the receiver to book their consultation, and let the process to begin. 

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Another Stylish Cad & The Dandy Groom

December 8th, 2014


 
Another groom cuts a dash on his wedding day in a Cad & the Dandy bespoke suit. David chose a three piece, mid blue suit with a horseshoe waistcoat. Thanks to David and his wife for sharing the image. We wish them all the very best in their future together.
 
If you’re planning to marry in 2015, take a look at the wedding section of our website for further groom style inspiration. http://bit.ly/1IofXX0

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Cad & The Dandy Style Guide – The Best of Buttonholes

December 4th, 2014


 
The relatively long wait is often quoted as a downside to purchasing a bespoke suit, but the instant gratification of ready to wear garments doesn’t even touch the surface of what it is to have a suit made, when finally completed and first worn.
 
With much time needed to learn the required skills, tailoring is an art that is learned gradually and one that can never be controlled completely, because every man to be tailored is different. It is not an exact science, and that is what makes the craft so beautiful.
 
Whilst each area of a bespoke suit is hand crafted, no single apsect is more distinctive than the hand worked buttonhole. A thing of beauty in the hands of a skilled tailor, such exquisite detailing will make the garment stand out amongst others, adding a level of detail to be proud of.
 

 
A simple comparison of machine stitched versus hand worked buttonholes can be broken down thus – machine made buttonholes are stitched, then cut. Hand worked buttonholes are cut, then stitched. Machines can sew a buttonhole in seconds whereas a Savile Row tailor, at the highest level of skill, will average one buttonhole every twenty minutes. Each hand made buttonhole symbolises the craft and dedication that goes into making a bespoke suit, with slight imperfections revealing the true beauty of this traditional handmade craft.
 

A standard handworked buttonhole is sewn with silk buttonhole twist, which is thicker and stronger than normal thread. Each silk stitch is knotted over a strand of thick strengthening cord, called gimp, which contours the edge of the buttonhole and protects it from being stretched or pulled out of shape. The end result is a beautiful finish to a garment that sets it apart from conventional machine manufactured items.
 

 
Another type of handworked buttonhole is the Milanese. With a standard buttonhole, each loop of the silk stitch passes through a link of the same thread, which creates a knot. With the Milanese the thread is wound around the gimp, passed through the cloth and then wound around again – the technical term for which is ‘whipstitched’. Getting a consistent tension with this method is absolutely vital as any slight variation will result in the buttonhole not being straight. Visually, this buttonhole appears more prominent on the surface of a garment.
 
Producing a bespoke suit is the work of skilful hands – this is the “slow-suit” world. Thus, when a man wears a bespoke suit, it is not merely an assemblance of proportionally well cut fabric, it speaks also of the innumerable hours that it will have taken our tailors to make the suit and elevates the garment to a true work of art.
 
To book your bespoke suit 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
info@cadandthedandy.co.uk
www.cadandthedandy.co.uk/appointments

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December’s Diary

December 2nd, 2014


 
What does the final month of 2014 hold for us at C&D? Without further ado, allow us to present our December diary, via the usual mediums of food, drink, arts and culture with a Christmas twist – http://bit.ly/1yanMr1 (brought to you by Cad’s Xmas helpers).
 

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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
info@cadandthedandy.co.uk
www.cadandthedandy.co.uk/appointments
 

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