Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Who Say's Drape Can't Equal Shape?

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.
"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

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).