21 May 2011

For a cheap Quality Suit - Go Vintage

Can’t afford a bespoke suit? Then why not buy a vintage bespoke suit and have it altered? 

Founded in 2006, www.savvyrow.co.uk specialise in classic British vintage clothing, including bespoke suits. OK these bespoke suits were made to fit someone else and have been put out to pasture by the original owner, but with a good tailor to make the necessary alterations to fit your own body shape, the suit will be back in the saddle and a favourite to be first past the sartorial winning post. You’ll be placing your £300-£400 bet on a hand tailored suit which was originally sold for around £3000. 

The 70’s are back in trend and this 1976 bespoke 3-piece dark grey suit with royal blue stripe is graded as in immaculate condition at a great price of £175. Estimated fit size UK40 short

Where else would you be able to get a designer suit for £125? This Burberry dark navy blue suit is graded as excellent condition and estimated size is UK46 regular. It is made of medium weight super 100s wool, has horn buttons and a navy blue satin lining with Burberry charger design.

Savvy Row hand picks their garments making sure they are of high quality and have stood the test of time.  They check the items for marks, stains, loose stitching etc and then grade accordingly so you know the condition of the suit.
Mint: An item is as perfect and pristine as when it was originally made and shows no sign of wear (mint condition is rare for vintage clothing).
Immaculate: An item shows only the slightest signs of wear.
Excellent: An item shows typical signs of wear due to occasional use but has no obvious flaws.
Very good: An item is considered wearable but has some obvious flaws (e.g. staining or soiling or loose stitching to lining). Flaws are repairable, so the item can be returned to Excellent condition.
Good: An item is wearable but cannot be returned to Excellent condition even if repairs are made.
Restoration: An item has many significant flaws but its historical value merits an investment.
 Plus they give a comprehensive description and the measurements alongside each suit.

They are also not averse to stocking classic readymade suits as long as they are well made and concentrate on brands such as Aquascutum, Gieves & Hawkes, Austin Reed and others from Saville Row or Jermyn Street.

 An XL immaculate Aquascutum navy blue pin/chalk stripe suit at £109, probably 1980’s. Estimated fit size UK45 regular

This Brook Taverner RTW pale green herringbone suit is not vintage but actually new. It’s a very slight second due to some tiny flaws to the material. At £69 it’s a steal.  Estimated fit size UK46 regular

And before the suit is dispatched to you, they make sure it is clean by steaming it inside and out.

These suits are all one offs and although they were available at time of print, they may have already been snatched up.  But don’t worry as Savvy Row have new stock arriving daily so you just have to keep checking their site.

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