The devil is always in the details. Which is why they matter so much. For what to a layman may look like a glass of red liquid, to an expert is a Riedel Burgundy glass topped to the perfect level with a fine Romanée Conti. And so again, the pleasure of something fantastic, is often not about the perception of others. But the selfish joy of understanding something special. Like a bespoke piece from us.
The Gentleman Rogue Pocket: In 2005 a DQ client asked for a little something extra on his suit. We suggested coloring one of the buttonholes on his cuff. And thus a trend was born. We stopped suggesting it after everyone flattered us with mimicry. And then, after much thought, we invented a new type of pocket flap. Never before cut by anyone, or used on any garment. So we trademarked it. And thus the Gentleman Rogue (TM) pocket was born. Tucked in for conservative business. Tucked out for a rakish evening with the boys.
Bespoke One-Of-A-Kind Cloth: There is bespoke, and then there is bespoke. The true test of somewhere that makes special things is the extremes they will go to. As we've oft said to make you laugh, the old joke on Savile Row was that they would make you a gold Rolls Royce if you paid for it. Well, we're about to make you a special edition DQ Aston Martin if you will pay for it. But we can, and do, also often make one off cloths just for one suit. Never to be repeated. It's not easy to do. Or inexpensive. Which is why you'll be hard pressed to find someone else who will go to the extremes we will to make you what you want. You dream it. We'll make it happen.
A Unique Lining For Every Piece: Recently we've been asked to incorporate mandalas, mantras, motifs, and other interesting things into linings for things we are creating. Our graphic design department models the artwork for each new requests and we color match to, or compliment, the color combinations in the suit, jacket, or overcoat it is for. It's all about going the extra mile to make sure that the finished item is unique.
Signature Buttons: We've been working with a very old, artisanal jewelry maker in the UK for the past year. They've been making gold, silver and brass together with precious and semi-precious stones and enameling for royal families and the military use for over 200 years. We've been designing, patenting, and perfecting numerous items which we will be using going forwards. We're nearly there. So please do ask for your next piece. No doubt we can sneak in some color matched brass, silver or gold buttons. To match our signature smoking skull signet ring of course.
Handmade Buttonholes: Every buttonhole we make is cut and sewn by hand. To the layman a suit is a suit. To the marginally educated the cheap to the ok is differentiated by the presence of functioning "surgeon cuff" buttonholes. To the Jedi of suiting one of the best tells is the presence of hand sewn buttonholes. Each is as unique as the man or woman who stitches it. And each is perfect in its imperfection. Just like many features of a handmade suit. Or handmade anything for that matter. It is this imperfection which makes it unique. And imbues character.
Bespoke Whatever You Want: As Maxim Magazine noted in their most recent edition, we're the guys who will go the extra mile to make you something special. We will literally make you anything that is possible given the right combination of time and money. This extends not only to clothing, but to other luxury items which are hard to obtain, or trips such as going to the Monaco GP the DQ way. If you don't ask, you don't get. But if you do, be careful what you wish for...you may just get it!
Vents - Double Or Single? And Why: While you are pondering your new London City weight suit, and overcoat, make sure to ponder the vents. Then we can tell you what you are getting. As, a single vent is for riding a horse. And a double for sitting on a chair. As for the rest, that then falls into the land of Martini's (speaking of which, we're gasping as it is Juice January)...so, depending upon the situation, one is good, two is perfect, and three is too many...
Fit: It goes without saying that whatever we make you will fit. This is the most basic of starting points. But how it fits, as with every other detail, is a discussion to be had between us. We are all different. And as comfort is the best way to confidence our goal is to make things fit the way you feel most confident.
More than one wag has commented that our store is like Kingsman. Which is interesting given that we were making "Quinnsmen" at least a decade before the movie was created. Nonetheless we enjoyed it a lot. And suspect you will too for that lazy afternoon with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
First, if you are looking for something brutalist in London, and are a fan of Ian Fleming, you can now snap up one of the original Goldfinger's apartments in Poplar. Next...on to the need for speed. And DQ's favourite old Rowing coach phrase, "a winner never quits, 'cause a quitter never wins." [...]
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