A suit fit for a Groom
Overlooking the bustling streets of Milsom Street in Bath, City Tailors is a hidden gem and a must-visit for grooms looking for a suit that will truly fit them on their wedding day. I met with Ben, the owner of City Tailors after being recommended by a friend and it was soon clear what a passion Ben has for the industry and giving guys (Grooms) a tailoring experience to remember.
How did it all begin?
I started in 2010 with my brother Mehmet Aydin and now have team of ten tailors and dressmakers offering clothing alterations to most high-end retailers and boutiques in Bath as well as offering our services to the general public.
I would like to think the main reason we have been the first choice for tailoring in and around Bath for many years is due to the attention we give to detail. Even for the small jobs, we want to complete any work in the best possible way. As well as clothing alterations, we offer bespoke suit making for both men and women and made to measure suit making for men.
Where did you learn your trade?
I have been in the clothing business from a young age. With 25 years’ experience I have worked on most types of garments for both ladies and gents.
Having been a master tailor for the past 15 years, I learnt bespoke tailoring (English Tailoring) from my master called Mr. John Verger who is now a retired master tailor. John has been a tailor for around 60 years.
What sets City Tailors apart?
We make fully bespoke suits the same way as traditional English tailoring would, using top quality cloth from British fabric suppliers such as Holland and Sherry, Dugdale, Harrisons etc.
Our Jackets are full canvass and mostly handmade, chest, lapels and collar hand shaped to achieve the best possible fit.
What is the process and timescale of creating a fully bespoke suit?
It takes around three to four fittings to complete a suit which can take between six to ten weeks. Initial appointment would be a consultation, deciding on design, choosing fabric, lining, buttons etc. Then within two to three weeks there would be a first fitting where we just hand tuck a basic shell to try the shape.
Two to three weeks later, there would be second fitting where the pockets and canvass are completed.
Third fitting and the trousers are finished, jackets are all but complete, apart from collar and sleeves. The final fitting would be just to check if suit fits perfect and to collect it.
With this process we can make suits for any size and shape and are still able to achieve the best possible fit!
What’s the difference between bespoke and made-to-measure suits?
Made-to-measure garments are constructed to fit each customer individually based on a few body measurements to customise the pre-existing pattern. Made-to-measure garments always involve some form of standardisation in the pattern and manufacturing.
Bespoke tailoring is entirely made from scratch and based upon a customer’s specifications and body shape with far more attention to minor fit details. By using multiple fittings during the construction process, this achieves the best possible fit.
For me, a bespoke suit is an investment. An experience that can be enjoyed time and time again. I knew that I really wanted to look and feel my best on our wedding day, and this meant having a suit that fitted perfectly. Yes, it’s more expensive and arguably a little extravagant, but it wasn’t just a wedding suit, it’s was a lifetime investment!
So, what’s your choice? #Bespoke #MadeToMeasure #OffThePeg
City Tailors | 1st Floor, 25 Milsom Street, Bath, BA1 1DG | 01225 920 263