A visit to the Chelsea district of London is a fantastic opportunity to indulge yourself – not least if you choose for your short-break to stay in boutique accommodation like the San Domenico House hotel. And there are few more fitting ways to indulge yourself in this part of town than seeking out a supreme, local bespoke tailor to create a suit – or any garment for that matter – that fits you perfectly and, yes, absolutely suits you down to the ground…
Arta Bespoke Tailoring
(20 Crown Passage SW1Y 6PP/ nearest Tube stations: South Kensington and Gloucester Road/ open: 9am-7pm Monday-Friday; 10am-5pm Saturday)
The mantra of this exquisite tailoring firm (just down the road from Chelsea’s several luxury suites London) is ‘aiming to achieve the perfect fit with a personalised experience’. No question then that here, whatever your preference of garment and whatever your preference of fabric, the emphasis is on a service and resultant item that are totally bespoke. Arta claims to consistently attempt to deliver high-quality tailoring for both male and female clients – and at affordable prices; elegant, good-looking bespoke clothes that won’t break the bank.
Experienced in working with all kinds of materials – from velvet to wool, lace to silk and everything in between – Arta boasts that its expert craftmanship and the attention to detail of its tailors are second to none, each of them capable of not just producing garments that perfectly fit individual clients but perfectly express their unique sense of style too.
A Suit That Fits
(First Floor, 36-38 Glasshouse Street W1B 5DL/ nearest Tube stations: Piccadilly Circus and Green Park/ open: various)
Growing out of the notion that it would be a fine idea to return the entity of a local tailor to this corner of the UK capital, this company is all about producing uniquely customised suits for every sort of client that requests a bespoke service. In the seven years since it’s been in business, this new kid on the sophisticated, high-quality London tailoring block can now claim to have created more than 50,000 garments for customers – every one of them bespoke – and via 34 different studios, spanning the whole of the UK, Ireland and the United States. Unquestionably then, A Suit That Fits is a tailoring firm that’s on an enviable, esteemed rise; just pop online to book a consultation with an advisor at its West End studio.
(13 Pall Mall SW1Y 5LU/ nearest Tube stations: Piccadilly Circus and Green Park/ open: various)
One of the best regarded bespoke tailors you’ll find anywhere in the capital, Apsley has a distinguished history of styling the likes of ambassadors, high commissioners, political heavyweights and captains of industry in London, Hong Kong and Sydney dating back more than 120 years. It sees as its guiding principles – and the secret to its success? – the old-school virtues of service and craftsmanship blended with a progressive attitude to style; an acceptance that fashion is always transient and that any company involved with creating clothes has to move with the times, to an extent at least.
As such, Apsley’s commitment to the present – and its clients of today – is second-to-none; it’s highly regarded in tailoring circles for excellent service and never dropping a stitch. Its bespoke suits are crafted from a variety of different linings, buttons and styles, ensuring each one is entirely bespoke. And, of course, the materials it depends on are of the best possible quality; from the luxurious Italian fabrics of Lessona to Yorkshire-derived worsted wool, they’re all hand-chosen to serve as reliable, durable and great-looking raw materials for each bespoke suit it creates.