Monday, 7 February 2011
Given that Prince Charles favours Welsh and Jeffries, the long established military tailors, that’s a possibility. The proprietor, Malcolm Plews, has a renowned reputation with the shears on the Row. It could also be Henry Poole, the oldest tailors in the street, whose clients have previously included Winston Churchill - however, discretion being one of their hallmarks, they are not saying anything and nor am I!
The trousers should be made from a worsted material in a dark grey/black stripe and cut longer in the rise so as there is no gap between waistcoat and trousers. They should taper gently and just break onto the shoes without turn ups. They can be either pleated or plain front, though for larger men pleats work better.
The waistcoat can be single or double-breasted in either buff or dove grey, made from a fine hopsack wool or Irish linen with pearl buttons.