Tuesday, 2 September 2014

 

October 2014 USA East-Coast & West-Coast Trip


I would like to announce the dates for Steed's October 2014 USA trip.
Dad and I will be travelling on this trip together and both very much look forward to doing so.
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Chicago 


Friday, 10th October 2014
Dana Hotel and Spa
660 N State Street
Chicago,
IL 60654
TEL: (312) 202 6000
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San Francisco 


Sunday, 12th October 2014 & Monday, 13th October 2014
InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
999 California Street,
San Francisco,
CA 94108
USA
Tel: 415-392-3434
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Nashville 


Wednesday, 15th October 2014
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel - Nashville
2100 West End Ave.
Nashville, Tennessee, 37203
Phone: (615) 320-1700
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Washington DC


Friday, 17th October 2014
The Hay Adams Hotel
800, 16th Street NW
Washington,
DC 20006
Tel: 202 638 6600
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New York City


Monday, 20th October, Tuesday, 21st October & Wednesday, 22nd October 2014
The Kimberly Hotel
145 East 50th Street
New York,
NY 10022
Tel: 212 755 0400
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Boston 


Friday, 24th October 2014
The Eliot Hotel
370 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston
Massachusetts 02215
Tel: 617 267 1607
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The best number to contact us on whilst in The States, is the the Steed US Cell Phone on:

617 794 0039


We look forward to meeting customers, old & new alike and as always we will be offering both our Semi-Bespoke (MTM), MTM Shirts & Bespoke service.
We carry a wide selection of cloths but if anyone has any particular requestes for a certain bunch, please don't hesitate to ask.
Obviously the days between cities we will be traveling. However, there maybe an opportunity to see customers, late afternoon, early evening of those days.
If you’d like to make an appointment, we would appreciate it if you could contact us prior to the trip so that we can organise our day to accommodate everyone

Cheers,

Matthew

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Mixing Brown & Blue - The Altered State of Mind



Mixing Brown and Blue is always something I have been a great advocate of, for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, I think it promotes a more modern smart-casual look rather than the occasionally stiff, blue business suit look. I think it can even change the way you approach things that day as well, in terms of altering your mindset in a positive way.

For example if you had a job interview or a big meeting and you turned up wearing the traditional blue business suit, with standard black brogues, your going to blend in more with other interviewees or other people that are included in the meeting, which isn't exactly what you want.

You want to stand out in the crowd but not in a brash sort of way but I honestly do think that the way you dress can alter, to a small extent your mind set for that day and the way you approach things.

Maybe this is just me being slightly weird and perhaps this doesn't go for anyone else but I feel that if you were to compare the difference in a strict blue business suit with a standard black pair of brogues, you would find your self acting in a more robotic manner and approaching the daily tasks in a more structured way.

Now don't get me wrong, this isn't necessarily a bad thing and probably better for most days of the week but if you where heading into a big meeting or interview, like previously mentioned I would want to change things up a little from the average day and come in with a more positive and free flowing attitude towards to the tasks ahead that day. This is where doing something as simple as mixing brown and blue together can help, in my opinion anyway.

I honestly think that the way you dress influences both the way others perceive you and their attitude towards you and more importantly your own perception of yourself as well as altering your confidence.

For example, whenever I wear one of my Steed suits, I automatically and subconsciously stand a little taller, walk more confidently and approach the day in a more positive and exuberant manner. Compared to days when I am just in a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and some trainers where you look no different to 90% of the others around you. When dressed like this I tend to be more reserved, even for a pretty confident and outgoing person. I guess because I am blending in more with the crowd. It's a strange one...

Though as I was saying, the way you dress definitely changes the way others perceive you as well, for example there was an upmarket store here in Carlisle that I never actually shopped in but I often use to cut through, to get to another street. For one it was nice and warm inside plus it was much shorter than walking around the large building to get to where I was going.

Now, whenever I would walk through there wearing just my plain clothes I would never once be approached by any of the staff asking me if I would like any help etc. Now this is a good thing for me usually as I hate being pestered when shopping anyway.

However, every single time I would walk through the store in my suit, I would always be greeted by a number of the staff with, "Hello Sir, may I help you Sir? How is your day Sir?" Even though it was quite obvious that I was just being cheeky by using the store as a cut through, they clearly saw me in a smart suit and thought I would be interested in purchasing the expensive offerings in their fancy store.

I would always be polite and decline as I made my way through to get to my destination but it would always make me laugh but also a little miffed that I wasn't approached or greeted in the same way when wearing my normal clothes, sometimes even as soon as the day before, as they obviously would look at me and assume that I couldn't afford anything they had to offer so wouldn't waste their time with me. (Cue Pretty woman scene) I could of been a Millionaire for all they knew..if only I was! Though it just goes to show the change in perception by others based on the way you dress and act. The old adage "Never judge a book by it's cover" comes to mind...

Anyway....back to my main point...

It is going slightly against the grain in terms of traditional rules of business dress by combining blue and brown, for example the old saying of "Never Wear Brown in Town". Therefore you may be inclined to do the same in your head. It may convince you to be more adventurous in your ideas, more exuberant in your general approach and more confident in your judgements and decisions throughout the day by doing the same in your dress.

Another reason I like to mix brown and blue is the flexibility that it can bring. There are a few examples in the gallery above.

For instance, one of my own Steed Bespoke suits is a Blue Birdseye from Dugdale's (F1814). Now I chose to go with nice brown horn buttons on both the jacket and waistcoat for a couple of reasons.

One, I just much prefer wearing brown shoes, whether it be brown brogues or brown suede or leather boots. It's quite rare that I wear black shoes at all really so the brown buttons complement the shoes.
Then secondly it makes my 3-Piece suit much more flexible as I often, like today, wear the jacket as a blazer with grey flannels or sometimes with jeans for a more relaxed look & feel, yet still looking smart and ready for business.

I also like to wear the waistcoat as an odd waistcoat, sometimes on nights out with friends where I can partner it with a crisp white shirt and roll up the sleeves for a smart casual look which has become more popular due to hit CBS TV show The Mentalist, in which Simon Baker, who plays the lead role of Patrick Jane often dons this look.  So by having the brown horn buttons on waistcoat as well it again promotes a more smart casual feeling.




However even with the brown buttons on the blue suit when worn as a 2 or 3-piece suit, I think you will agree it is still very smart and functional for serious business as well as more casual affairs.

So basically by doing this it turns my 3-Piece suit in to an extra blazer and extra waistcoat which is great for me  due to the distinct lack of bespoke garments in my wardrobe...the story of The Cobblers Son With No Shoes, comes to mind..

Cheers,

Matthew


Thursday, 10 October 2013

Full Canvas Jackets Added to our Semi-Bespoke (MTM) Range

We are now very pleased to announce the launch of our new "full canvas" jacket.

This kind of jacket is constructed with hand stitching of the canvas to the fabric instead of the application of thermal fusing (internlining).

The main advantage of this, is the weight of the jacket is reduced and has a softer and more supple feel, increasing comfort and providing a better fit.

This new line will come at and additional cost of £250 (email for price-lists) and will debut on our upcoming trip to The States.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

An American iGent in Cumbria - My Visit To Steed Tailors by Unbelragazzo

Recently one of our friends and clients who is based in Washington DC, embarked on a "Tour of Artisans" from around England.

He visited places such as our colleagues at Hunstman, Budd Shirtmakers, Lobb and our good friends at Gaziano & Girling, Boot-makers based in Northampton and Savile Row.

Please follow the link below to the great little article about his visit to see us in Cumbria.

My Visit To Steed Tailors

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Steed Instagram Account & The Importance Of Social Media In The World Of Bespoke

First of all I must apologise to our customers and readers about the lack of articles here on our blog, Steed's View.

This in part, has been down to our very hectic schedule of late, with Dad and I recently returning from our July trip to The States, which was our third trip this year and I am very pleased to say that the last two in particular have been our best ever.

However now we are back home I will be making a concerted effort to post articles as regularly as I can.
With this being said, I am also starting to really get to grips with three of the larger social media platforms.

I have been using Facebook, Twitter & Instagram on a personal level for a number of years now but it has been in the last 12 months or so where I have come to realise the high importance of these modern social platforms to stay in touch with and build great working friendships with our fantastic customers.
I think what we do really well here at Steed is being very open with our customers and potential customers by giving a great insight and behind the scenes access into what goes on at a Savile Row Tailors.

There maybe some reluctance from some of the older firms on "The Row" to give this insight but I think it is very important and exciting for our customers to see the effort and artistry that goes into making bespoke clothes.

This all started with the launch of our new website and being the first ever Bespoke Tailors to offer a "Bespoke Customer Login", which most of you will know gives access to bespoke clients, to be able to witness their clothes being made in a time-line format, with photos and descriptions so they can see the progression of their suits etc. As time goes by, I am developing this feature to give a more in-depth look.
Now for those of you that are currently active users of Instagram, I have recently started to use our Steed Instagram account much more over the last week or so. I have begun posting a couple of photos a day, which show a great little insight into everyday life here at Steed.

We have actually seen a great response in this last week by going from just 80 followers to over 1300 followers in a week and I am sure that the more we post the more our following will grow.

For those of you that have not heard of or know little about Instagram, here is a brief description below:

"Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. A distinctive feature is that it confines photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images, in contrast to the 16:9 aspect ratio now typically used by mobile device cameras.

Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and launched in October 2010. The service rapidly gained popularity, with over 100 million active users as of April 2012. Instagram is distributed through the Apple App Store and Google Play. Originally a purely photo-sharing service, Instagram incorporated video sharing in June 2013, allowing its users to record and share videos lasting for up to 15 seconds."

We will also be looking to use the new video feature on Instagram to give even more insight, behind the scenes
here at Steed.

Instagram User Name: STEEDTAILORS

http://instagram.com/steedtailors

To find us on Instagram just search for this username and we should pop up for you to then follow if you are also a user of the service.

I hope you all enjoy our posts.

Matthew