The Process

We know that visiting a tailor for the first time can be a fairly daunting prospect for most people; however;our aim is to quickly dispel any fears our prospective clients may have by making the process as convenient and enjoyable as possible.

Most clients have an initial idea of what they are looking for; however,we are happy to recommend some aspirational designs after understanding their needs.

Our tailor’s ability to interpret these requests transforms a simple length of cloth into a suit with characteristics as unique as the person who is wearing it.

Although we have been making fine hand tailored clothing for many years we take particular care to ensure we understand your needs at every stage of the process.

We achieve this through a free-flowing dialogue between client and tailor where every detail and decision is discussed before moving on to the next stage.

Our tailors will simplify the selection and fitting process by using jargon free terms and demonstrate the benefits of the choices available to you.

Our Appointments

Although we have been making fine hand tailored clothing for many years we take particular care to ensure we understand our customers’ needs at every stage of the process. We achieve this through a free-flowing dialogue between client and tailor where every detail and decision is discussed before moving on to the next stage. Our appointments are designed to be informal helping us maintain a relaxed and enjoyable service where the customer can make informed decisions at his own pace. We have grown considerably over the last few years and know offer our services by appointment in London Savile Row or through our visiting tailors covering London and the counties of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Cloth Selection

Selecting the correct cloth is a crucial part of choosing a new suit as it will ultimately define its character and performance qualities once made. Put simply It is impossible to make a superior suit from cheap or inferior cloth and unfortunately many people regularly fail to pay attention to this point when buying a suit based on price or alone.

Marc Oliver’s close relationships with the world’s leading woollen mills enable us to offer our clients a vast selection of luxurious English and Italian cloths that have exceptional properties. Our tailor’s experience and knowledgeable advice will simplify this stage by suggesting a range of suitable cloths in different weights, so the client can focus on their individual benefits, pattern and colour without feeling overwhelmed.

A majority of our suits and jackets are made in fine quality wools; however, we regularly make them in cool Irish Linens, sumptuous wool & silk blends or even fine British tweeds. Rare materials like Mohair, Cashmere and Vicuna are now blended with the best wools in the world to produce luxury cloths of superior handle with exceptional performance qualities.

It takes an average of just over 3 metres of plain cloth to make a suit however this amount can increase significantly when selecting cloths containing bold stripes or checks as they require more cloth when pattern matching. Other factors such as a client’s size and shape can often require up to 50% more fabric when making a suit, understandably any increase in size also increases the use of all internal fabrics, paddings and interlinings. All these factors influence price to some degree and it is therefore sometimes hard to be exact on price until we see the client for the first time.

Personal linings are an excellent way to express individuality and ensure that that you really make the suit your own, we now offer a range of over 600 high quality linings in patterns and plain colours.

Lastly, we will discuss choice and colour of buttons, select from real horn or mother- of- pearl buttons in a range of colours from our house collection or you can request something more specific when making signature pieces.

Measuring

Elegance should never come at the expense of a wearer’s comfort, it is therefore vital for us to understand our client’s requirements before we start measuring.

We combine this information with our skilled measuring techniques to ensure the finished garment will fit perfectly and compliment the wearer.

An experienced tailor’s interpretation of a client’s body shape and measurements is extremely important as he can allow for subtle differences that would otherwise be missed and make any adjustments accordingly.

Once our client has selected the cloth we then take a comprehensive range of personal body measurements, these are all noted in a personalised record that is updated throughout the process and then stored for future use.

All fabrics are then ordered and sent to Milan ready for cutting on the next working day, turnaround around times vary depending on the individual order but normally fall between 6-7 weeks.

Fittings

After approximately 5 weeks we will be in touch to arrange your first fitting; at this stage your suit will be made, but unfinished. Your tailor will try your garment on you to assess where tweaks and other important adjustments need to be made to ensure the final suit will fit perfectly.

Finally, normally around a week or so later we will be in touch to arrange your final fitting when your suit will be ready to take home with you. All the adjustments and tweaks that we have made throughout our fitting processes will now be carefully applied to your individual pattern ensuring a quicker and more fluid process the next time you order from us.

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