Updated: Jul 5, 2021
Ready to up your suit game? Then check out these UK tailors who ply their trade outside of London’s iconic Savile Row.
The clothing you wear is your armour of choice for the day. When you opt for a suit, it says a lot about who you are and the type of impression you want to give off. You take pride in your appearance and who you are a person. A tailored suit is the spine of every wardrobe. It’s your first transition into adulthood and the final thing you’ll ever wear. Yet, despite its importance, men still cut corners and make glaringly bad choices in their suit selection. That’s why when you’re looking to buy something you’ll wear for the rest of your life; it pays to invest in someone who knows their way around a needle and a thread. Like our handcrafted Oxford shoes, opting for quality over a cheap fast-fashion alternative will not only last longer, but it’ll also look better too. A top tailor will make your suit to size and help you find the perfect look depending on your preferences and the occasion. While a lot of tailors gravitate towards the hub of tailoring in Savile Row, London, you can still find some incredibly talented professionals dotted around the country. With this in mind, here are the best places in the UK to buy a tailored suit, outside of London. Michelsberg – Leeds and Manchester This fantastic tailor specialises in wedding suits, offering an array of fabric options, including Lancashire wools and Italian cashmere. The service is second-to-none and you can walk away with a fully bespoke, full-canvas suit for under the four figures you’d expect to pay if you go to a tailor in London. You can also enjoy a quality whisky while your tailor works their magic. GD Golding – St Albans
If you’re from around London and would rather avoid the hustle and bustle of the centre, hop on a train up to St Albans, situated in the commuter belt north of the capital. While you’re still looking at around £1,400 for a two-piece suit, you’re guaranteed quality. In fact, around 60% of army officers trust the founder, Geoffrey Golding, and his team to make pieces for them. Their client list includes royalty, diplomats and even boxing champions. It’s truly one of the UK’s best tailors outside of London. Territo Tailors – Bristol For an understated, yet charming family feel, Territo Tailors in Bristol is a delightful choice. Since 1967, Jack Territo has been providing tailoring and alteration services for people in the South West after relocating from his native Sicily. Assisted by his son Michael, you’ll receive a warm welcome and a quality experience from the moment you walk through the door. Their in-house fabrics include vintage lengths to modern, as well as a wide range of sample books from the likes of Fox Brothers, Ermenegildo Zegna and Hunt & Winterbottom. It’s a viable option if you want to avoid generic high-street suits and the four-figure cost of Savile Row. Harris & Howard – Alderley Edge
If you want to follow in the footsteps of footballing superstars, such as Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Robbie Savage, then head to Alderley Edge in Cheshire to visit Harris & Howard. Situated near many Manchester United and Liverpool footballer’s cribs, this tailor shop has established itself as the go-to for anyone looking for a signature suit. Using some of the world’s best cloths, including Scottish mills and buttery alpaca hair, you’re looking at paying around £750 for a bespoke suit, half-canvassed and machine-finished. Not a bad price for a match-winning look. The Cotswold Tailor – Woodstock The Cotswold Tailor is an award-winning tailor that takes traditional British cloths and tailors them with a contemporary twist. In return, you’ll get an elegant and stylish suit that makes you stand out from anyone else sporting a run-of-the-mill high street alternative. We particularly like these as they champion British manufacturers by using British fabrics and accessories. Plus, this UK tailors is situated in the bustling market town of Woodstock surrounded by the natural beauty of Blenheim Palace, so you know you’re going to enjoy a nice day out. Further inspiration
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