I hate shopping. An issue caused by working in retail (as whenever I pick something up in a shop, all I can think about is margin, how much it costs, markups, how much I could get it made for and so on), and because Im a bloke. I tend to buy clothes as and when I need them….the best example being the time I bought a suit while on the way to a friends wedding.
I may have found salvation though. The SOUTH BUND FABRIC market. A place filled with tailors, producing bespoke items and great prices. The general process is that you find a garment that you like, they measure you up, you pick a fabric, pay 50% and then come and collect it a week later. The first time I went I ended up buying 10 shirts, at £10 each for a tailored shirt you can’t really go wrong (apart from the red and white tartan one that is yet to be worn. I got carried away).
The tailors here produce items for H&M and HUGO BOSS, and use the left over material to produce bespoke items for customers at the market. The quality is excellent. I have always had trouble with getting shirts that fit – being 6ft 4inches, and having long arms, shirts from regular shops tend to look like a bed sheet on me – so to find somewhere like this, has been a godsend.
Once the design has been selected, then its a case of choosing fabrics, for the outer appearance, and also the inner lining.
We have a winner. The jacket will be tailored, and made to measure, and then in a weeks time we will go and collect it.
I took this image on the taxi journey back, the bike pulled up beside me, and I was surprised to see a young kid standing on the bike as a means of transport.