What a Savile Row Tailor Really Does for a Gentleman (Video)

Sensible answers to the questions of modern manhood.
May 28 2014 2:29 PM

A Gentleman and His Tailor

The Gentleman Scholar gets measured by a pro from Savile Row.

Please send your questions for publication to gentlemanscholarslate@gmail.com. (Questions may be edited.)

Dear Gentleman Scholar,

My gentleman recently got a promotion and now needs to wear a suit to work daily. I could not be happier. However, he confessed to me he now finds himself performing the “Picard tug” on regular basis. I have suggested that he get himself properly measured, but he is of the opinion his suits fit him fine and is blaming the office chairs. Is he right? Or should I continue pushing to get him to the tailor?

Troy Patterson.
Troy Patterson.

Photo by Christina Paige

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Thank you for your question, which merits, on the most basic level, a most basic answer: Your husband should doff his jacket when he sits at his desk. I can’t see why he’d leave it on all the time, unless his days are packed with fancy meetings and televised addresses to the American people. And when he does sit down in a fancy meeting, or at a luncheon table, he wants to unbutton it upon sitting. (If, however, this is a shirt-related complaint, your husband can smooth things over by hitching his shirt tails to stays or garters. Such undergizmos often feature in military dress uniforms; that Picard seems not to own any lends credence to the notion that Starfleet is not a military organization.)

In any event, you are right to suggest that your gentleman go boldly unto a tailor, and I shyly submit the video below in an attempt to explain why. In the video, the Gentleman Scholar encounters a fine fellow representing Richard James, a London menswear company headquartered at Savile Row. The street traffics in the idea that elegance is simplicity and sartorial self-expression a matter of nuance. What can an excellent tailor offer the man striving for excellence? Engage, below.

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.

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