Tips from the founders of Suited and Booted: We meet the stylish duo behind the bespoke British tailors for secrets to styling success
Bespoke suits are no longer the domain of the rich and famous but they are the domain of the man who values style. The founders of Dubai-based British tailors Suited and Booted, Ryan and Calvin Smith, speak to us about why investing in bespoke is the key to styling success.
“Bespoke suits are individually crafted based on precise body measurements and tailored to the wearer’s unique shape and proportions,” explains Ryan Smith. “In comparison to ready made clothing, tailored garments will sit better on the body, and provide a higher level of comfort. We stock thousands of fabrics from premium Italian and British brands, so have something to suit every taste.”
With so many different types of suits available it can be overwhelming for a novice to know which one is right for them, but at Suited and Booted, there is something for every body.
“When it comes to suits, the array of available styles is as diverse as the occasions they complement,” said Calvin Smith. “From the classic silhouette of the single-breasted suit, to the more formal double-breasted design, each style carries its own distinctive features, therefore it’s essential for us to accurately match the suit to the occasion and personal style.”
Finishing touches count, however. “Always accessorise. A well chosen tie or pocket square can make all the difference to elevating your overall outfit,” he added.
The experts at Suited and Booted are on hand to advise every step of the way to make customers feel like kings. “Advising clients on the most suitable cut, colours, and styles of clothing involves considering factors such as body type and posture, personal fit preferences, lifestyle, and occasion”, said Ryan.
“We start each consultation by initially enquiring on the primary use of the suit, and will then go on to discuss the most suitable colours and styles from there.”
The British duo are themselves big fans of style, which goes without saying. We asked them what their favourite item in their wardrobe is right now. “My bespoke Super 160s Drago 2 piece in navy, it’s a timeless classic,” said Ryan. Meanwhile, Calvin said: “I would have to say any item from our bespoke casual range. The full collection has been carefully curated, and includes a huge variety of premium quality casual wear for off-duty looks.”
Calvin took inspiration from his father growing up, one that would lead him into the world of men’s fashion. “My father has always had a well tailored collection, and is definitely the best dressed man I know,” he said.
But Ryan says it was a more famous face who pushed him towards the fashion world.“Sean Connery as 007 – nobody dresses better than James Bond,” he smiled.
Launching in Dubai seven years ago could not be a better home for the brand, which has since become a luxury fashion capital in the region. “Dubai has rapidly evolved into a prominent luxury fashion destination globally,” said Ryan. “We have an incredibly diverse customer base, with our clients ranging from expats who have relocated for the lifestyle the city has to offer, to UAE Nationals.”
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