You've got questions and we've got answers. Please see below a list of commonly asked questions which I hope will cover any queries you may have. If of course you would like more detail or have another question, please do not hesitate to contact me.
In the restaurant business they say you are only as good as your last dish, and I understand in the clothing business, you are only as good as your last suit! I am here to build a long-term relationship because my business is one where I want to be your custom clothier for life.
To that end, the my process includes making alterations after your first fitting to the event they are possible - ultimately it is a two way street, so I like to discuss any requirements be it fit, timing, expectations etc before taking on a commission. I will be as upfront as possible about what is possible and what may be not.
Having said that as a business I operate on a good faith basis, but I am here to serve my clients as well.
While my fabrics are sourced from the Northern Alps of Italy and central England, the production of our suits and shirts are proudly done in Asia where I believe I have found the very best tailors in terms of finish and costs.
I looked around the world looking at production options, and landed in Asia as my choice of tailoring location. You can rest assured, your garments are tailored at the hands of some of the most expert craftsman, and for my price range I believe the quality of our finish is simply second to none. I offer some of the best handmade button holes in the business, which are incredibly fine and neat.
My ties that I stock are sourced through Henry Carter are made in Italy. Simply put I have produced my garments where I can offer the best garments at the best prices.
My turnaround times are quite competitive , first fitting for suits and shirts are around 6-7 weeks. Alterations to the initial fitting will be outside this time frame, and might take another 1-2 weeks if needed.
Of course, we can make something almost exactly the same as that suit or shirt, or we can bring elements of it across to your Herman Bros & Co. commission. These might be structural points like the length of the jacket or sleeves, or something more design-oriented like the lining and inner pick stitching colours.
The word "bespoke" is one of the most bastardised terms in the industry, being applied to anything from backdoor tailors to real high-end ones. The origins of the word derived from tailoring houses which kept rolls of fabric in store, and when you commissioned a garment it was said that you had "spoke" for that piece of fabric – that is, it had been "bespoken" for. "Bespoke" should only refer to a unique pattern, drafted by hand, cut and stitched by hand with a minimum of 3 fittings. While this is a wonderful process, it is also very costly, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Very few places do true bespoke now, mostly in London's Savile Row and Naples in Italy.
"Made to measure" (or "su misura" in Italian) is another type of custom-made clothing which involves an alteration of a fixed block, usually limited to just lengths and widths. It usually does not cater for sloping shoulder or forward shoulders or arms as it only provides a two-dimensional view of customisation.
At Herman Bros & Co. I call my processes “Custom Tailoring” as they fall in the middle of "bespoke" and "made to measure". I still offer some of the benefits of bespoke tailoring, like creating a unique "model pattern" for each garment with which to make near-endless types of customisations.
I typically do not offer discounts, although we do have pricing deals such as multi-buy offers. I have made our pricing as sharp as possible to begin with, passing the savings from my low overheads onto our customers. The normal discounting principles of retailers do not apply, since each piece is made by cutting a new piece of cloth so we never have to "clear" stock.
Your "model pattern" is kept for life, as well as any adjustments required in the alterations process. This is really the key to custom tailoring, as I will work to get your model right, after which it is kept on file to make sure you’re set for life. Subsequent changes to your body or fit preferences will then involve updates to your "model pattern", so you can always get your suit or shirt how you want it.
This is a good question, and I understand there are companies out there who claim they are able to give the "perfect" fit. In my opinion however that is no such thing as a "perfect" fit. Preferences change overtime, body shapes change and like anything in life there can always be improvements to one's fit, and can never be completely flawless. That is why on my website I refer to your "searching for the perfect fit", it is a continual exercise of on-going refinement. What I would say is that my garment's fit will be very good by custom tailoring standards.