Apsley of Pall Mall Luxury Gentlemens Shirtmakers
- Reviewers name – Michael Grenville
- Title – Editor of Gentlemans Butler, luxury blog and lifestyle service provider
- Occupation – Editor
- Review description – Apsley of Pall Mall, London
- Location – St James London
- Date – 20 February & 21 March 2013
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London is the centre of the world for Gentlemen’s tailoring and over the last 10 years has had somewhat of resurgence.
Your dress code says something about you and most men will fall in love with the thought of having a good suite; and I have not mentioned the impact it has on women.
A pair of brogues, shirt, suite and tie well fitted and you will feel like giving James Bond a run for his money.
I recently visited Apsley of Pall Mall bespoke tailors in St James’s with over 120 years’ experience, where as soon as you walk through the door you know you have arrived.
Managing Director Arshad Mahmood is the great grandson of the original tailors who dressed the military in Hong Kong since 1889. Now they also dress the British royal family and business leaders all over the world.
They are becoming the go place for Sportsmen, dressing the stars of Fulham and West Ham United, England manager Roy Hodgson, Team GB gold medal winners and many more.
Personally, I have spent a lot of my working life wearing casual clothes for work, so as I move into my mid-forties now enjoy the class and distinction of wearing clothing that shows both style but also shows off my individuality.
As luxury magazine Gentlemans Butler moves into covering style having your own shirts fit your body perfectly is a must. My visit on this occasion was to have a bespoke shirt made.
1 – Standard of Service – All of the fundamentals are firmly in place, professionalism, advice, comfort and excellent service.
2 – Description of Product/Service – (information and quality of service, ingredients) –
Whats entailed ….
After walking through the door for my fitting, I sat on what appeared to be some lovely old Chesterfield sofas. A cup of tea made, I was handed some samples of cloth to choose my design. If you are not used to this it may be good to seek some advice as a cloth swatch is different from looking at the finished item.
It’s a bit like choosing some wallpaper or a colour for decorating your home. I fortunately do have some favourite colours. They use a wonderful old book which shows off the niceties of the tailoring world. It was Mr Wong who filled out these, such as chest, collar, arm as well as type of collar design and more. This is all very relaxed as though there was another Gentleman on the far side of the shop there were 3 staff to attend to everything.
All very easy and fuss free
Off I go on my way then 4 weeks later I am back to try on my shirt which as you would expect fitted perfectly.
3 – Suitability for Gentlemen – Absolutely
4 – Comfort? – Old school leather sofas, quiet and very relaxed
5 – Punctuality/Duration – On time
6 – Gentlemans Butlers Rating – 80%
A wonderful moment for a Gentleman is the perfect fitting of cloth.
Definitely worth a visit
13-13A Pall Mall
T: 0207 925 2238
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