Written by: Michael Alden, Founder of The London Lounge + The London Lounge Cloth Club
Oscar Wilde has one of his more earnest characters remark that "a well tied tie is the first serious step in life."
That may well be, but the first serious step in bespoke tailoring is a well cut shirt. How often do I see men with no cuff showing or sheets of it in view casting accusatory glances at their innocent tailors when the cut of the shirt is at fault and neither the coat nor its maker? And what is to be said about men who wear off the rack shirts that do not fit and wonder why their fine bespoke jacket is wrinkled and untidy? Or into what infernal bolgia will be cast the man who wants a tailor to cut a coat to fit all of his shirts when all of his shirts are all over the globe in terms of measures, fit and sleeve length?
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