Chester Barrie | Savile Row London

Chester Barrie is a modern Savile Row brand offering contemporary English tailoring to men who are looking for suits with style and personality.

An unashamedly British menswear brand who have dressed the likes of Winston Churchill, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra who were ‘attracted by the brand’s classic tailoring, beautiful fabrics and fine attention to detail.’

They are located on 19 Savile Row, Mayfair, W1S 3PP, and have the loveliest staff happy to help with any query/ suiting dilemma you have. Definitely one to visit! To hear what style tips they had to give check out this post ‘Chris Scott-Gray | Chester Barrie’

Chris Scott-Gray | Chester Barrie

‘It’s not necessarily about standing out in the crowd but making sure that when you’re noticed you just look spot on.

Savile Row is full of bespoke houses but in the midst of them all is a special house offering something a little different. I had the pleasure of speaking with lovely Chris Scott-Gray (Marketing and PR) at Chester Barrie. Here’s what he had to say about the house:

What’s on offer?

‘Chester Barrie is not a bespoke house, we set ourselves apart by being a ready to wear specialist the business is set up that way 82 years ago. We took all the elements of a great Savile Row suit – the quality the attention to detail, some of the fabrication – then turned that into a ready to wear suit.’

‘Which meant that: A – it wasn’t near as expensive, so you aren’t paying four thousand for a suit, and B – that you can get it off the peg there and then. We can do a made to measure version, but really it’s about customising what we do. It’s about taking our Chester Barrie look and the expression that comes with what we do and putting that into a made to measure product.’

‘The great thing about doing it as a ready to wear product is that as well as having accessibility, it means at times we can also be a bit adventurous, especially in some of the jackets and fabrications we use. We have some alpaca and wool mixes, linens and Tobacco linen mixes.

The beauty of having freedom to be adventurous is – ‘it’s not the kind of thing (product) people are going to buy immediately or buy bespoke, because what if it goes wrong and they don’t like it. This way they are able to see it, try it on, buy it and walk away happy.’

What do your prices range from?

 ‘Entry point suit is at £595, and works its way up to £1,500.’

Famous customers you’ve dressed?

Everyone at some point, we’ve dressed Sir Winston Churchill, Cary Grant, I’m more interested in the modern people that come through the door. Most recently however, David Gandy wears a lot of Chester Barrie, we sponsored the Olivier awards, so on the back of that we’ve had people like Lenny Henry and David Haywood come in. Yannick Bolasie – he actually got married in Chester Barrie. We’ve had Dillon Hart (England rugby captain). We have dressed the whole of the Leicester Tigers rugby team. A lot of them have come back for their weddings as well.’

‘Something that’s sort of fashionable, that’s got some expression, shows your style.’

What tips would you have for someone wanting to buy an entry level suit?

‘Take your time, put some time aside to do your research. Think about fit, what wear you’re going to get out of it. Don’t just slavishly chase fashion and start wearing bum freezers (Eton jacket colloquially known as a ‘bum freezer’) just because everyone’s wearing them.’

‘If this is your first suit you’re going to want it to last you a little while. So get something that’s sort of fashionable, that’s got some expression, shows your style. Something that’s going to enhance your shape. A lot of jackets these days are short and just sort of hang whereas what you want is going to accentuate what you’re wearing.’

Being a ready to wear specialist, where are the suits made?

‘Majority of the suits here are made in Italy.’

Is that where the cloth is also sourced?

‘Cloth is sourced in Italy and the UK.’

Describe the house style here?

‘Chester Barrie are clothes for when it matters most, there’s a bit of red carpet in there, a bit of glamour, a bit of putting on a show.’

Is that how you would also describe the Chester Barrie customer? 

 ‘Our customer knows that it’s important to look your best and there are times when you need to do that with your clothes and they can do that with Chester Barrie.’

Would you say you’re the go to house for that?

(Laughs) ‘I think that’s what it is. It’s not necessarily about standing out in the crowd but making sure that when you’re noticed you just look spot on.’

 

To see more of Chester Barrie visit them on www.chesterbarrie.co.uk

 

Savile Row

Often when you think Savile Row you think the home of bespoke tailoring – the go to place for a gentleman to have his suit made. A street adorned with exquisite tailors – the original artisans of the suiting world.

It’s a society if you like that’s appreciated from a far, doors opened to those who have certain numbers in their bank account. But it doesn’t have to be.

(Of course you’ll need those numbers if you decide to buy, I haven’t secured the discount codes just yet.) However you can find information on where to buy, how to buy and who to buy from.

It’s a great time to celebrate the traditional craftsmanship and long hours that go into bespoke tailoring. Craftsmanship that is easily forgotten in an industry bound by fast fashion.

And to get greater insight to the history that produced designers like Alexander McQueen and see just where their inspiration and technique derived from.

I’ll be giving you all the tips and tricks of the trade that will help you build your wardrobe and style. All this to help sharpen your tailoring eye so you can continue to look saucy and sophisticated at all times.

Stick around for some exciting interviews, tips and tricks and much needed style inspo!

 

The C word

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…

In life we aren’t always eating gourmet food nor are we constantly in a bubble of excitement. Life can be very raw sometimes. But even in that we were called to be content in every and any situation.

That can be difficult considering we live in a materialistic driven society which often creates an environment for discontentment, envy and ungratefulness.

Philippians 4:12: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

I love the testimony of Paul in the word and how God taught and cultivated a life of contentment in him through his experiences.

How many of you have been through some stuff? Like you’ve really gone through the forrest that is sometimes life. And can say in everything you’re able to find that joy and that peace in what you have, who you’re with and where you are at in life in that moment.

Whether you have or you are in want being able to be content and faithful in the great or small that you have is a blessing.

The beauty is once you are able to do that it becomes much easier to celebrate others. I’m talking genuine happiness for someone else’s achievement or success. Not the bitter smiles through gritted teeth we have all at some point been faced with.

If you haven’t reached that point yet, don’t be disheartened. Instead let that be your aim this February. The goals didn’t end in January - it’s a decision to actively think a certain way the whole year.

It’s all about perspective.

Ladies Let’s Get Information

No you did not misread the title, if you caught on to the song reference above. Let’s get information.

There is no point forming around that which you do not know or understand. This is applicable to the gents too if not more so.

There has been a lot of estrogen flying around lately and I thought to add two cents of my own.

Women I need you to know – you are enough. You were not made to be a man so stop striving to be like them but focus on what you were made to do.

We harness so much strength as women and when we embrace it we are unstoppable. Our differences don’t make us weaker they make us unique.

Strive to be intelligent, continue to develop your strengths and build up your weaknesses. Hone your craft and refuse to be ignorant. Celebrate your female form, you were made by God – God makes good things so girl – know that you’re good!

Support your fellow queens and fix each other’s crowns.

Men I need you to know (coming from a biblical point of view here) women may have been made second – but we should never be treated as second choice. God did not create us as an afterthought.

We were a solution to a problem you didn’t even know you had. Isn’t God amazing?

We were not created from dust or the ground. We were made from a rib. Fashioned out of something that serves the purpose of protection, support…

What I’m really trying to say is – if you want to breathe don’t suffocate a woman.

Side note: You would not be able to do a lot of basic movements with your body without the rib cage. Don’t take my word for it – ask your doctor, you can thank me later.

And to the brothers who were not offended by the above statements, please know this. There is nothing more attractive than a man who is secure within himself. Who is not intimidated by feminine competition – who is able to celebrate, support and lift up the ladies dear to him. Part of what shows you are a man is how you respond to women and their differences to you.

Men were created to be the head but we women operate as the neck. Women a neck supports, influences and with the right attitude moves the head.

Remember united we stand, divided we fall.

Now ladies, let’s get in formation 😉