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26 May 2017

British, Italian and American: The differences

As fashion and tailoring information and imagery have become more accessible between countries over the past few decades, styles around the world have become more standardised, or at least aren’t as neatly defined by geography. Whilst there are still distinct suit looks to be found, these are often preferred on…

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26 May 2017

Getting the Formal Look

Getting the Formal Look

There’s a whole lot of confusion around the rules and etiquette of suits and ties when it comes to formal wear. Whilst in some corners these are still rigidly upheld, gradually the expectations around the sartorial requirements of formal events are shifting towards a more relaxed approach. So where do…

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08 May 2017

Spring and Summer Looks: Suits for the Warmer Weather

Spring and Summer Looks: Suits for the Warmer Weather

Spring and Summer Suit Colours The choice of colour for your suit is informed by a number of factors. Tradition certainly plays its part in this, but practical and scientific considerations are also an influence on why we opt for certain colours at particular times of the year. Research has…

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04 May 2017

Why Doesn’t My Suit Fit? – Putting your finger on the problem

Why Doesn’t My Suit Fit? – Putting your finger on the problem

Here are a few areas of consideration which are the fruits of many years’ experience in tailoring: 1. The Shoulder Ideally the fabric of the suit should fit crisply round the shoulder. If the line of your silhouette is disturbed at the shoulder then this can be one element which…

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29 Mar 2017

Norton & Townsend – The Made in England Suit

Norton & Townsend – The Made in England Suit

This is especially true of our Made in England suit option, which takes bespoke tailoring to another level. Not only will your suit be cut precisely to your measurements, but in the tradition of fine tailoring, once the garment has begun to be constructed, we’re still in a position to…

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15 Mar 2017

Pleats, flat fronts and breaks – The World of Suit Trousers.

Pleats, flat fronts and breaks – The World of Suit Trousers.

Pleated Trousers or Flat Front Trousers This comes both down to individual taste and to the traditions of tailoring. The pleat is a fold in the fabric of the trouser near the waist. A pair of trousers can have one two or three pleats, or in the case of flat…

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03 Feb 2017

The Language of Tailoring – Guide to Suit Terminology

The Language of Tailoring – Guide to Suit Terminology

LAPELS The Peaked Lapel The defining quality of the peaked lapel is, as the name suggests, the peak formed by the jacket’s lapel which points upwards towards the shoulder as it meets the collar. These meeting points are known as the lapel step and the collar step. Although there are…

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25 Jan 2017

Norton & Townsend Travel Suits: Crease-free travel

Norton & Townsend Travel Suits: Crease-free travel

The Problem There are a number of reasons travel suits are worn. Some decide to opt for a particular suit when travelling for reasons of comfort. For example, if you are going to be jet setting between different continents, you might be arriving in a climate that is different from…

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12 Jan 2017

Choosing your Wedding Suit – The Norton & Townsend Guide

Choosing your Wedding Suit – The Norton & Townsend Guide

Setting and Theme The location of your wedding could play a telling part in the suit you choose. A church wedding for example will require a more modest and formal code of dress than a country hotel setting. For the bride, a church wedding will often mean showing less bare…

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05 Jan 2017

Dressing for Winter – Your Guide from Norton & Townsend

Dressing for Winter – Your Guide from Norton & Townsend

Warm Winter Suit Fabric At Norton & Townsend we work a great deal with wool. The good news is that this makes for very warm fabrics, as it is superb at trapping heat in layers between its strands. This insulation means that wool is a go to for winter suits,…

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