Arts + Culture

World's Best Bespoke Souvenirs

by Colleen Clark

Menswear in London

Physically just a few miles from London's Savile Row but a world away aesthetically, Mr. Start is where fashion insider Philip Start and wife Brix Smith-Start apply the Savile Row legacy of craftsmanship to more modern, slim-lined silhouettes. At your first fitting, the tailors will present the range of cuts, fabrics, and finishes on offer. Would you like three buttons or two? Lapels notched or pointed? How about tweed, wool, cashmere, or maybe 24-karat gold pinstripe? Suits are usually completed in six to eight weeks, after two or three fittings (initial measurements, a major fitting, and a follow-up if necessary). The suits as well as the surroundings—Mondrian-inspired industrial shelving lit by neon signs, Magritte-esque lamps made of bowler hats—may be unorthodox, but you'll still be given a proper cup of tea. Some things never change.

Mr. Start
40 Rivington Street
London, England
Tel: 44 20 7729 6272
Custom suits from $1,300

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