Savile Row tailors: Kilgour
Made to the client’s exact requirements, Kilgour bespoke suits are crafted by hand, on Savile Row, with the entire process overseen by one tailor.
A full set of forty measures are taken during the first consultation to ascertain shape, posture, balance and proportion. A paper pattern is then drafted, unique to the customer. For the first fitting the suit is taken to a baste, with an unlined jacket to demonstrate and refine the shape and style.
The second fitting moves to a forward where the emphasis is on perfecting the comfort of the fit. Followed by a final fitting, a finish.
The Kilgour suit remains timeless. A contemporary English silhouette with a structured neat shoulder and shaping through the chest and waist designed to elongate the body to create an athletic shape. In essence a suit worn by style icons through the years, from Cary Grant to Bond himself, Daniel Craig.
A bespoke suit is the equivalent of Haute Couture from a Milanese or Parisian salon. The process takes approximately eight weeks, a minimum of 120 hours handwork and over four thousand stitches just to secure the floating chest piece.
Kilgour’s alternative to bespoke is to work from already perfected patterns.
Once the appropriate size and silhouette has been selected the tailor will take thorough measurements to adapt the established block to the client’s individual posture and body shape.
It is possible for the tailor to make more than forty adaptations to the paper pattern to meet the clients fit requirements. There are twenty-six points of adjustment for a jacket and sixteen for trousers.
All the design details from the Kilgour studio are available to made-to-measure clients. Along with the choice of fifty design variations including lapels, front fastenings, vents and pockets, it is possible to fully tailor the design to your specifications.
Made-to-measure tailoring is always fully canvassed and completed within 4 weeks. Kilgour also offer a Made to Measure shirting service.
Photos: Kilgour Spring/Summer 2016 collection
Photos and information: kilgour.com
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