Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Steed Tailors - January 2011 - USA Itinerary


Steed are pleased to announce that Edwin & Matthew DeBoise will be returning to the United States in January.

Unfortunately due to the volcanic disruptions during our trip in April of last year, we were unable to make our usual June trip so we came out in September and just had the three trips in 2010.

However we will now be back to our regular four trips for 2011.


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Chicago 

Monday, 17th January 


140 East Walton Pl

312 787 2200


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Washington DC 

Wednesday, 19th January



Sixteenth & H Streets

N.W. Washington

202 638 6600


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New York

Friday, 21st January &  Saturday, 22nd January


145 east 50th Street

212 755 0400



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Boston

Monday, 24th January & Tuesday, 25th January, till noon


370 Commonwealth Ave

617 267 1607

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We look forward to meeting customers, old & new alike and as always we will be offering both my Semi-Bespoke & 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. 

You can also contact us on our American Cell Phone number below:


617 794 0039

Best regards, 

Edwin & Matthew DeBoise 

+44 (0) 20  7287  7227 

Monday, 25 October 2010

Big Brother Joins The 21st Century...

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After years of bugging him, my brother John DeBoise, has finally got his own website up and running for his company Castle Tailors.

For those of you not familiar with his work, he cuts a more structured coat in line with the likes of Kilgour's.

John has over 45 years of experience in Tailoring and like myself worked for Edward Sexton and Nutters during the 70's & 80's.

If  you would like to know more please follow the link to his website.

www.castletailors.com

Monday, 4 October 2010

October Paris Trip


Steed are pleased to announce their second trip to Paris, France. Edwin & Matthew will both be in attendance.

It is just a very short mid-week trip to see a couple of customers but there maybe an opportunity to see a couple more if anyone is interested.

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Paris

Wednesday, 13th October & Thursday, 14th October till 11am.

Hotel Mansart

5, Rue des capucines

75001 Paris

+33 (0)1 4261 5028

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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 organize our day to accommodate everyone.

Best regards,

Edwin, & Matthew DeBoise

011 44 20 7287 7227

Steed Bespoke Tailors

http://www.steeds-view.blogspot.com

http://www.steed.co.uk

edwin@steed.co.uk

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Steed's View Gallery


It has taken awhile to get around to it but finally we have a gallery of Steed creations for everyone to look through and to get a better idea of our clothes.


Unfortunately we can't make the slide-show any larger down the side of the blog but if you click on one of the photo's it will take you to a new window where you can browse through all of the photo's in the gallery. Also it can be accessed through our main website, www.steed.co.uk and then click on the gallery tab.

Also please note that some of the customers suits are modelled by Edwin and I.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Steed's Cell Phone Number For USA

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Just to let everybody know that Dad and I are half way through our September trip to the States.

We have already been to Chicago and at the moment we are in Washington DC at the Capital Hilton Hotel.

We shall be in New York from Thursday till Sunday at the Kimberly Hotel and Boston from Sunday till Tuesday morning at the Eliot Hotel.

Please follow the link below for all the hotel information and numbers.

http://steeds-view.blogspot.com/2010/07/steed-tailors-september-2010-usa.html

Our American cell phone number which you can reach us on anytime while we are out here is:

617 794 0039

Best,

Matthew DeBoise

Steed Bespoke Tailors
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Monday, 6 September 2010

The Friendly Invasion Begins!

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A reminder that Matthew and I will be flying out this Sunday for our Autumn trip that we have brought forward from October for this year. 

It signals the Autumn invasion of The States not only from us, the rest of Savile Row and the UK but from all over the globe, with tailors hailing from as far as Italy and Hong Kong, amongst others.


However not to worry this is just a friendly invasion that we are about to embark on, unlike the only previous unfriendly invasion of England by the American Navy back in April, 1778,  led by John Paul Jones.


John Paul Jones was a Scot who had learnt his seafaring trade in Whitehaven, Cumbria and who would become the founding father of the American Navy and after sailing to America on the "Friendship of Whitehaven", Jones grew up as an adopted American.
The last invasion of the British Mainland occurred in Whitehaven, Cumbria in 1778 when John Paul Jones, invaded the port, late at night on April 22nd 1778.
In truth, despite being audacious, having the advantage of surprise and Jones’s inside knowledge, the attack had been a bungled failure. This seems to have been due largely to the American crew’s reluctance to "destroy poor peoples property" as Wallingford had put it. However, the shock waves, that it sent throughout the country were completely out of proportion with the mere few hundred pounds worth of damage actually caused and turned John Paul Jones into an infamous pirate. Importantly, it awakened everyone to the threat of invasion. The defences of not only Whitehaven but also the entire British coast were improved and more volunteers joined the militias. In short, John Paul Jones did Britain a favour because his actions probably prevented a full-scale French invasion.











Other famous connections between Whitehaven and USA:



  • The Betsy', built in Whitehaven, was the last ship to be scuttled in the American War of Independence, in York River, Yorktown, Virginia.

    'The Betsy' was the sister ship to the 1763 Whitehaven built slaver 'The King George', aboard which John Paul Jones was third mate and which the Beilby Goblet was made to commemorate - which can be seen in The Beacon
  • Robert Salmon, the 'Father of the American School of Marine Art' was born in Whitehaven in 1775
  • George Washington's grandmother, Mildred Gale, married a Whitehaven merchant and is buried in St. Nicholas churchyard.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Steed Tailors - September 2010 - USA Itinerary



Steed are pleased to announce that Edwin & Matthew DeBoise will be returning to the United States in September.

Unfortunately due to the volcanic disruptions during our last trip in April, we were unable to make our usual June trip and decided that July and August wasn't an appropriate time for the trip.

Therefore we have decided to bring our usual October trip forward to September, with the intention of returning again before the years end.

We apologise for any inconvenience to our customers that are used to seeing us in June but it was an unforeseen delay and hopefully we will be back on track next year.
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Chicago 

Monday, 13th September 


140 East Walton Pl

312 787 2200



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Washington DC 

Wednesday, 15th September


1001 16th Street, NW

Washington,  DC 20036

202 393 1000


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New York

Friday, 17th September &  Saturday, 18th September


145 east 50th Street

212 755 0400



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Boston

Monday, 20th September & Tuesday, 21st September, till noon


370 Commonwealth Ave

617 267 1607


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We look forward to meeting customers, old & new alike and as always we will be offering both my Semi-Bespoke & 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. 

Best regards, 

Edwin & Matthew DeBoise 

+44 (0) 20  7287  7227 

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Who Say's Drape Can't Equal Shape?

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Firstly, Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Nossiter from everyone at Steed...both of whom look wonderful on their wedding day.

David a contemporary London Architect, (www.davidnossiter.com) came to see Steed for his wedding suit.

At the time he was wearing a lovely 1948 Savile Row two piece tweed by Kilgour, with high armholes, a trim waisted silhouette, coupled with a generous cut trouser. 

Upon discussing various aspects he required, David decided he was not as keen on the strongly structured shoulder and chest like on his Kilgour but decided he preferred a softer shouldered draped coat, which he felt Steed could provide him with. We decided on a Holland & Sherry (757 801) grey woollen flannel, which I think you will agree turned out superbly.
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"Edwin was the ideal choice for me as he is able to produce a clean but soft silhouette." 

There seems to be a misconception amongst a lot of people that the soft shouldered draped style of tailoring often produces a sloppy, baggy jacket with very little shape but as you can see of the two examples of the Steed silhouette, we are able to provide as much shape and "snap" as required.

A key feature of our cut is the high armhole which provides us with a longer line, with the added benefit of freedom of movement and comfort whilst not compromising the overall fit of the jacket.


This is illustrated in the picture of David leaning from the Bus. (Notice how the jacket stays gripped to his neck)




Monday, 7 June 2010

England 2010 World Cup Suits

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup
 is due to kick-off  in South Africa on Friday, 11th June, with England's opening game being on Saturday, 12th June against the USA in Rustenburg.

The team flew out to South Africa last week after posing for a photo shoot in their new Marks & Spencer suits.


 

The England team have shown off their official World Cup suits - and there is more than just a hint of 1966 in the design. Forty-four years ago, Sir Alf Ramsey's World Cup winners sported an ensemble with thin lapels and narrow trousers - a look England manager Fabio Capello was keen to see repeated.

With this in mind Marks & Spencer has created the official FA suit to specifications set by the England Manger and created though a collaboration between tailor Timothy Everest MBE and M&S.

The two-button single breasted jacket is sculpted to a modern British block with sleeve head roll shoulders for a classic fitting, slim silhouette. Additional styling details include narrower lapels, slanted pockets, four button cuffs and a decadent red puppy tooth check lining. Trousers are flat fronted and half lined providing an elegant modern shape. The waistcoat gives added style kudos and maintains the refined look. 

I have to say overall the suits look very good and will hopefully inspire the team on the pitch to the former glory days of 1966, being the only time that we have won the competition.
Some of you across the pond may remember Marks & Spencer for their disastrous takeover of the American men's clothier chain, Brooks Brothers in April of 1988. Thankfully Brooks Brothers has since re-established itself, as has M&S.

The FIFA World Cup, also called the Football World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not contested because of World War II.
The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month – this phase is often called the World Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation(s).

Monday, 17 May 2010

Please Don’t Fly The Union Flag The Wrong Way Up...


I know, it sounds trivial and there’s not much that irritates me but it’s just one of those things that I notice.



Now I can forgive The Waldorf in New York for flying it upside down, as it was when I was there in April but our flag bearer at the Winter Olympics was proudly waving it around when it was attached the wrong way up, for a news bulletin. (Luckily that was the day before the ceremony and the BBC was inundated with calls and emails and it was swiftly corrected).


So, I couldn’t let it go and had to pop into the Waldorf and explain their mistake, (pleasantly I might add). Now we all get that I’m embarrassed by my parents feeling, as Matthew did, so he stay outside but and as I pointed out to him. If the Ritz in London were flying the American flag upside down, I’m sure it would be, politely pointed out to them. Its just that it’s not so apparent with the Union flag. Oh and by the way it’s only called a Union Jack when it’s on the back of a boat. 

Anyway, whilst walking by the following day, Matthew had noticed that The Waldorf had taken the flag down (probably to be safe, as how did they know I wasn’t pulling their leg) and replaced it with the German flag, much to Matthew’s amusement.

Do you think they were trying to tell me something?

Also for those of you who are interested, an explanation can be found following this link...

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/geography/unionjack7.html


Friday, 30 April 2010

Home Sweet Home


After an extra 5 days on the road due to the travel disruptions, Dad & I are finally back home in Cumbria. The trip turned out to be our busiest yet as we brought out the most fittings ever for a trip to the States.

It was also my first trip with the company and one that was a fantastic and greatly enjoyable experience. It was a pleasure to meet all of our American customers, old and new alike and I thank them for their patience and friendliness as Dad went through the various processes with me, whether it was the fittings or going through cloth selection and being able to give my own input and opinions. It was greatly appreciated.


Also I would like to say a special thank you to Chris Despos with whom we met at his beautiful shop in Chicago. It was great to finally meet him for the first time, though it was a shame it just had to be a quick flying visit as we both had full days. I'd like to thank him for his hospitality and offer of using his premises and facilities should we ever need them to show a certain cloth book which we might not have with us or to press up a job that we have. A great example of the community spirit that exists amongst tailors.

Also, just a little mention to the Kimberly in New York, where Dad has stayed for the past 14 years & where I've stayed before, when visiting New York for a Holiday. They've been re-furbishing the hotel over the last couple of  years and dad said they finally got round to his suite, probably because they heard I was coming.

They've done a great job and along with the new rooftop penthouse, which has been turned into a beautiful rooftop lounge and bar, simply called Upstairs. As you can see it boasts an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of the famous Manhattan skyline, in particular a great shot of the nearby Chrysler Building.


Upstairs is available for party bookings through long-term friend of Dads, Valerie Blasi, who can be contacted on 212-702-1640.