Saturday, January 27, 2007

The Rochester: A Suit Review

“England – alas, my country! – has degenerated very much, and is degenerating every day. She has not many gentlemen left. We are few. I see nothing to succeed us but a race of weavers.” So said dear Mr. Turveydrop in Dickens' 'Bleak House'.

Which brings us to the word ‘deportment’. ‘Deportment’, you will learn, is a very special word, which touches on every aspect of what it means to be, not only a gentleman, but an Englishman. It is a word that covers, not just one’s conduct and personal demeanor, but one’s entire appearance and attitude to life. When wise Mr. Turveydrop spoke of his country degenerating, he had no idea that the general decline in manners and good conduct would correspond with an equal decline in the way people dressed. Ripped jeans! Long hair! Baggy T-shirts! Horror of horrors – men in make-up! Mr. Turveydrop would most likely have turned white as a ghost and vomited at the very mention of such a thing. That is because Mr Turveydrop lived in a golden age when people dressed with precision. When men were gentlemen and women waited in the wings, not yet having donned pantaloons. It was a time when people’s dress filled them with pride, and a sense of deportment motivated their movements. The hunched shoulder, the slouched back, even the sudden movement – none were for the self-respecting man, who always spoke low and was utterly composed: the kind of man who donned a three-piece before his wife had even laid eyes on him in the morning! Deportment, then, was the name of the game – and deportment now is what guides us.

For me this suit epitomises deportment. If it’s not the serious greyness of the fabric, it’s the severity of the five-buttoned, double-breasted waistcoat. If it’s not the double peak of the jacket and the matching vest, it’s the attention to detail visible in the working cuffs. It’s a suit that says, ‘Deportment,’ all over it without shouting it from the rooftops. It’s a suit for those customers who strive for perfection but find achieving it difficult in our degenerative age. It’s for Mr Turveydrops everywhere… and if you don't believe me try it in your measurements: you won’t believe how good it feels when it’s been cut especially for you.

Finally, I'd like to leave you with one more word on this elusive thing called 'deportment', taken from my own personal bible, called 'Rules of Etiquette and Home Culture': "A man should not lounge in a chair, nurse his leg, caress his foot crossed over his knee or bite his nails. He may sit cross-legged if he wish, but should not sit with his knees far apart, nor with his foot on his knee. In indicating an object, move the whole hand, or the head, but never point the finger. All should be quiet and graceful, either in their sitting or standing position."

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

'The Grenadier': A Suit Review

Grenadine was traditionally made from the juice of crushed pomegranates. It was thus a deep blood-red. The term ‘grenadier’ might not have anything to do with ‘red’ (it comes from the French ‘grenade-man’ or ‘soldier who threw grenades’, which were, in fact, named after pomegranates due to their being a similar size - confused yet?) but to the simple folk here in Great Britain, the Grenadier Guards and their famous red coats inevitably spring to mind.
Which is why we’ve named this suit ‘The Grenadier’. It might not look especially militaristic but its profound red lining stirs the soul with noble pride, reminding us all of those splendid characteristics – unfortunately tinged with bloodlust and war – that helped make Britain great in the first place. Wear when you’re livid and want to kill some Boers. Visit A Suit That Fits for more.

Friday, January 05, 2007

The Beauty of Light and Black Satin

No self-respecting gentleman can expect to survive long without a dinner-suit. Whether you’re going to your end-of-year ball or some fancy do with your prestigious law-firm, our dinner-suit will make you stand out in style. More than anything, however, it’s the satin that speaks to me – one of those strange instances when the aesthetic impression becomes as powerful as a drug, exerting the same absorbing effect on the mind as those things that attract a magpie’s eyes. If there’s one thing guaranteed to intoxicate the mind it’s the effect of light on black satin – as if the very absence of colour in the fabric makes the light that falls on it shine more brightly. One is witnessing light at its most basic: at once there is the least variety – merely darkness and light – and yet the contrast between them suggests deepness, beauty and the essence of light. One is simply wearing light’s distillation. Buy it today from A Suit That Fits and dazzle at your next engagement.