Here’s our round up of four go-to tailoring names around the capital to ensure perfect sartorial style for the groom and his supporters
Finding groomswear that cuts it in the style stakes can be a trial – especially as work attire has become so much less formal in recent years that many grooms are well out of their comfort zone even donning a two or three-piece suit. These four groomswear experts – all based in London – can help find the right look to match your personal style and the formality of the occasion, offering both a wide range of options and expert advice so you invest in a suit and accessories that will also earn their keep after the wedding day.
Alexandra Wood is on a mission to ensure you ace it in the sartorial stakes. Her bases in Shoreditch, E2 and Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire offer made-to-measure, bespoke and a smart capsule range of hire choices – ranging from formal morning suits to Bond-style DJs and tweed. Hire is a great option if you think you only want the suit for this one special occasion and/or will be outfitting your support crew in similar attire. And, good to know, she offers the option to buy hire suits if you fall in love with the tailoring. Alexandra also offers bespoke and made-to-measure suits by private appointment in Savile Row for grooms based in the West End. Above and beyond the formal wear of every variety from three locations, she is an expert when it comes to styling, so that the finishing touches match the cut and image of your wedding-day attire. alexandrawoodbespoke.co.uk
Cad & The Dandy
Ian Meiers and James Sleater founded Cad & The Dandy back in 2008 in order to inject fresh style into the traditional world of suiting and booting. Now with bases in Savile Row and the City, plus outposts of English style in New York and Stockholm, they offer three grades of tailoring and all beginning with time-honoured pattern creation so you only have to go through the pain of measurement the once (provided you stay the same size). A huge range of styles and cloths, plus some pretty cool linings make this a smart choice. You can also get shirts made here and if you want to go the hire route, check out sister company Yardsman. cadandthedandy.co.uk
Working from a base in Bloomsbury on a by-appointment basis, Richard Thompson’s Exclusive Tailoring offers both made-to-measure and completely bespoke suits and has a reputation for offering the kind of sharp styling that can work wonders for your public image. He has also attracted a diverse collection of fans – notable past clients have included Ronan Keating, Sir Alan Sugar and Anthony Joshua. He’s a mine of information on the kind of style details that will make your suit a classic you will want to wear again. exclusivetailoring.co.uk
Turnbull & Asser
A time-honoured London name, and with a Royal Warrant for its superb shirts, Turnbull & Asser also offers both bespoke and ready-to-wear suits. Its Davies Street store in Mayfair joined Jermyn Street a couple of years ago, and offers lots of space to explore the collections and get expert advice on your groomswear options. This is also a great place to go for a perfectly fitted and flattering shirt (two is recommended if you want to look perfectly turned out for the evening party), along with ties and accessories. turnbullandasser.co.uk