Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Henry Herbert's Unique Service & Online Bespoke Shirt

A month ago Henry Herbert contacted me about their Savile Row by Scooter Service. I must admit I had no idea what to expect: are they tailors, or are they selling scooters?! I had a look at their advert that was very amusing to watch, and immediately thought the service they offered are innovative, clever and that they are very considerate.

About Henry Herbert:
  • Tailors based in central London
  • Over 20 years of hand tailoring experience
  • Tailors from Savile Row (a street in central London famous for their traditional men's bespoke tailoring) branch ride in Vespa scooters to meet their client any time any place between Monday to Saturday from 8am to 8pm

My review:

Even though I don't live in London, I can still understand the need of their scooter service. Scooters can go through any small streets, which guarantee them to be on time for your appointment, and they can meet you at your home or office, without you trying to squeeze an appointment out of them in the evening or on a Saturday.

Thing is, I live in Lancashire, so unfortunately I wouldn't get a chance to try out their service. (Would love to see a tailor riding on a scooter and park in front of my house!) But then Charlie, the chief of Henry Herberts Tailors, pointed out that they also do an online bespoke shirts service for us who live outside London. Online? Bespoke?

About Henry Herbet's Online Bespoke Shirts service:
  • £145.00 (excluding £10.00 P&P)
  • Guaranteed to fit
  • 100% luxurious Italian cotton
  • Mother of Pearl buttons
  • Video measuring guide to guide you through measuring for Collar, Shirt length, Sleeve length, Shoulders, Chest, Tummy, Hips and Cuff
  • For men or ladies
  • 49 Fabric Choices
  • 10 Collar designs
  • 2 Cuff designs
  • 3 different fittings (standard, slim or comfort)
  • Optional embroidery (£15.00 extra for up to 5 letters) with your choice of colour, 2 font style (serif or no serif), either on the chest or cuff

My review:

When I told hubby that I needed to measure him up for a bespoke shirt, he was impressed by the idea of having it done online, and excited as he loves shirts but because of his built (wide shoulder, Asian height), he never managed to find a shirt that was a perfect fit.

The video measuring guide was very easy to understand and follow, and it took about 20 days plus Christmas and New Years holidays from the day I ordered for it to arrive.

After I've placed the order, Charlie came back to me asking me whether I was certain about the measurements, just to make sure that I've sent them the correct ones. I really appreciate their professionalism, and impressed with his sharp eyes! 

The shirt came well packaged with instructions on how to look after it, and it also came with 2 brass collar bones which is to be used for special occasions.

We chose the Italian Stripe pattern. The fabric is really smooth and extremely easy to iron. Hubby mentioned that it felt a bit like our 250 count bedsheets. I'll hug him anytime with that shirt on!

The shirt was a perfect fit. I was really impressed that, with my measurements, the shoulders can fit just right. The sleeves start exactly where they should start. I can't make anything fit with my own measurements, let alone others!

The downside is, hubby thinks that the shirt is very precious and refused to wear it on a normal day!

Apart from their bespoke service, they also sell ready-to-wear shirts for £85.00 (both men and ladies) where you can still choose the collar size and cuff design.

All in all, a fantastic service and high quality product I'd definitely recommend. If you live in London, try out their scooter service and let me know how it went!

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Disclosure: We were given a bespoke shirt to trial and review their service; all opinions are honest and my own