Sunday, 12 August 2012

Cad and the Dandy - A suit is born

If you haven't seen it, Cad and the Dandy have added a great video to their website:

It does a great job of showing their very talented head cutter at work, and I also like the nice shot of the meticulous sewing of the buttonholes - one of my absolute favourite details on my hand-made suits.

More than anything, it reminds me of how long it's been (nearly a year) since I last had anything bespoke made. Definitely getting that itch again...


  1. I am so glad that you have started posting more regularly again... Your blog is good, most of all, because it is more discerning than blogs of a similar sort; and discernment has always been, in my opinion, the absolutely cruicial aspect of elegance. There is so much to do, I feel, in the field of educating men about style: standards have dropped, and a very distressing way of looking at men's clothes has settled in...
    Keep up your good work! There are plenty of people, who appreciate your expertise.

  2. Might I ask your advice on something?

    Several years ago, with more enthusiasm than wisdom I had dinner jacket made by a local tailor. Whilst it was well made and I like it very much, I was unaware of what exactly constituted a dinner jacket. Consequently it was made in black velvet with silk facings, double side vents, one-button and flap pockets. It's only in later life that I realise this doesn't quite tick all of the boxes but it seems such a shame to not wear it.
    I have a regimental dinner coming up soon and am somewhat unsure whether to wear it / have some alterations made or bin it altogether.
    All advice appreciated.

    1. My sincere apologies for the long delay in responding - I have been extraordinarily busy and had neglected to pay attention to the comments being posted. Most remiss of me.

      First off - do not bin it. If you like it, it is well made, and it fits well, then it will certainly be better than the dinner jackets worn by 99% of men, regardless of what material it's made of.

      Secondly, it doesn't sound from your description as if it is a long way off a 'normal' dinner jacket. Velvet is, as you're obviously now aware, not the usual material. All the same, it's not unheard of and I would argue that there are more important elements that make a dinner jacket. Having silk facings is vital, but you say yours has these. Peaked lapels would be ideal, but notched is fine, and having one button is perfect.

      You mention that it has double side vents, which is fine these days, so the only technically 'incorrect' feature is the flapped pockets. I doubt anyone would really notice or object to this, but you would probably find this a relatively cheap and easy change to make if you wanted to.

      Although without seeing it it's hard to be completely sute, there's little from your description that makes me think you should be overly concerned about wearing this to most black tie events.

      I hope that is some help.


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