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Bespoke

The Basics

Regent offer a semi-bespoke tailoring service. A semi-bespoke service, which is frequently referred to as made-to-measure, yields results that are just as good as a fully bespoke tailor, but at a fraction of the cost and with far fewer fittings after the customer's measurements have been taken.

The word 'bespoke' is age-old. In the nineteenth-century, it referred to the cloth that had been selected, or 'spoken for', by a client from his tailor. Over time, the meaning of the word has been diluted and occasionally it can mislead. Some tailors will claim to offer a bespoke service when the only thing they change on the suit is the fabric. Sometimes, they might make minor alterations to the sleeve or jacket length, a process that can be referred to as a ‘stock special’.

At Regent, we call ourselves semi-bespoke because all of our patterns are individually cut for each customer. For customer appraisals of our suits, see our testimonial page.

The Process

Our semi-bespoke tailoring service is typically completed in two or three appointments over five to seven weeks. Fully bespoke tailoring consists of far more appointments and takes a lot longer.

On the first appointment, we measure customers and talk them through all of their design requirements. This will include choosing the fabrics, linings and other basic aspects of the suit. This appointment typically lasts two hours. A deposit for the suit is requested at this stage. It is important that customers contact us in advance of their planned visit to ensure we have sufficient time to take measurements and go through the available options. We are fairly flexible on weekdays, and can sometimes arrange evening and weekend appointments, as needed and subject to availability. Regent also offer a travelling tailor service.

Between five and seven weeks after their initial appointment, customers have their second fitting. At this stage, the suit is almost complete, but minor adjustments to ensure a comfortable and pleasing fit can be made. A week later, the suit will be finished and ready for collection. At this point, the final bill will is settled. Click to review our tailoring price guide.

Tailoring Options

A well cut suit says a lot about the person wearing it. It is important for any tailored garment to have a fine cloth and finish, but it is the fit that truly defines a great suit. Whilst many people can find a ready-to-wear suit that fits them, for the majority of people it can be worth investing in a bespoke suit or jacket.

In the last few years, men and women have returned to tailoring. A new generation is seeking craftsmanship and a distinctive style of dress that doesn’t compromise on cut, colour and style. The Regent bespoke service incorporates the essence of our brand to provide affordable tailoring options that retain the highest quality, expertise and traditional touches of classic tailoring, whilst feeling contemporary and individual. For things to consider when commissioning a bespoke suit, look at our Tailoring Tips page.

With over a decade of experience in tailoring, the Regent family pride themselves on maintaining simplicity with exceptional attention to detail. Whether it is a two- or three-piece suit, a tweed jacket or formal shirt, we always aim to create something that reflects our customer's personal style. Take a look through what we can offer for Business, Country and Special Occasions. And don't forget to read our customers' comments on our services.

Business

A suit, as an expression of elegance and professionalism, remains essential for the board room, an interview or presentation. It helps to make an important and memorable impression that exudes self-confidence. The cloth of the suit needs to be durable, to take the rigours of the day and extensive travel, but comfortable for regular use.

For a classic look, mid-grey suits will work well throughout the summer and winter. The colour also provides versatility because it will elegantly complement other wardrobe pieces. An alternative to grey is dark navy. This is a timeless colour that can look equally good if worn as separates. For a more contemporary update, a brighter blue can look particularly effective. There are, of course, thousands of cloths to choose from and many options available, particularly if you want to make more of a statement through your tailoring. ‘Mad Man’-inspired Prince of Wales checks, lightweight subtle tweeds and grey flannel can all make an impact in the corporate world.

Look through our Photo Gallery for further inspiration.

Take a look through our photo galleries for some further inspiration.

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Weddings & Special Occasions

In the last few years, an increasing amount of attention at weddings has focused on the groom's dress. Gone are the days when only a rented suit was available, and today's grooms are looking for tailoring that exudes their personality and the theme of the special day.

Weddings can cost a small fortune, but our customers are given a range of options that will enable them to look distinguished on their big day and create an item of clothing that can be worn in the future; looking individual does not mean becoming impoverished! Dressed up with a waistcoat and other accessories that can easily be incorporated into the daily wardrobe following the occasion, a suit is the perfect wedding investment.

Popular for country weddings, a more casual approach is pairing separates together, such as a tweed waistcoat or checked shirt, braces and formal trousers. If this option appeals, it may be worth considering a bespoke jacket, shirt or even tartan trews for a perfect tailored item that is still going to make an impact. This also provides for an effective way of dressing the groomsmen with matching waistcoats or accessories. Whatever our customers choose, from a classic three-piece to a crisp black tuxedo, we are able to tailor a look that will be equally as special as the day. Below is one of our most recent customer testimonials:

From the first time Jamie heard of Regent Tailoring via GQ magazine and after his first visit, he knew you were the right tailor for him. Jamie was nervous about the first consultation but you put him at ease with your honesty and sense of humour – he came home absolutely buzzing that day! When first trying on the suit it felt absolutely perfect (he says!), but you knew where to do the final tweaks to make it look as it should. Everything about the service, the team and the shop, made the whole experience one to remember.

Personally, I'd like to say a big thanks for helping me choose a wedding gift for my husband and for the gift from you for him - the hip flask – which, filled with his fave Jameson's, certainly helped the day go without a hiccup...!! I felt so proud standing next to the handsome silver fox on my wedding day!!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your contribution to our wedding day.

Jay and Jamie xxx

 

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Country

Providing warmth and comfort in a practical and elegant style, heritage country attire shows no signs of abating. Today, tweeds, corduroy and chunky knits work as well in the city as in the country. Tweed jackets offer a great deal of versatility and provide a quintessentially British 'smart-casual' look, especially if they are worm with chinos or jeans. A heavy weight shoot coat can fend off the worst of the country’s weather.

Regent have produced bespoke garments for several country and shooting estates. We are therefore able to combine expertise with a vast range of traditional tweeds to provide our customers with something unique for the shooting season. This time of the year is very busy for Regent, so please allow plenty of time for garments to be made for the start of the season; sometimes, this can take up to 10 weeks.

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