Style & Inspiration

In the Diary - April

City tweeds for summer from LBD’s Glorious Twelfth, 11oz range. 

Wright Brothers seafood bar in Spitalfields
Chiltern Firehouse for a spot of people watching in Marylebone
Simple northern Italian morsels at Cafe Murano in SW1
Lunch at Clerkenwell based Hawksmoor spin-off, Foxlow

Steel drums and summer vibes with a dash of rum & reggae, at the Rum Kitchen in Carnaby Street
Wine by the truck load at Hedonism Wines in Mayfairimage

Designs of the Year 2014 at the Design Musem
Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs at Tate Modern
The Boat Race, April 6th
The London Marathon, April 13th
St Georges Day festivities across The City on April 23rd, but mainly with these guys at the Jamaica Wine House, which just happens to be next door to our shop in Castle Court. Hey nonny, nonny!

New York, Portrait of a City
The Everest Files by Matt Dickinson
1914: Fight the Good Fight: Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War by Allan Mallinson

A hot smoker for cooking everything alfresco this summer

A Cad & The Dandy Style Guide - Summer Suits & Separates


Summer comes with the promise of fine weather - long hot days and mild balmy evenings. At least, that’s what we always hope for and if the recent long-term weather forecasts in the press are anything to go by, it looks like this summer is set to be a scorcher. So, when buying suits for summer wear, it’s worth considering the following;

Our fully bespoke, handmade suit is the best choice for warmer weather. The handmade jacket contains a fully floating canvas. This means the internals of the chest are all stitched by hand. The chest panels (foreparts) contain canvas, horsehair and melton. The hand stitching of these three components allows air to travel more freely, making the suit more breathable. Machine made suits have the canvas, horsehair and melton fused and then machine stitched together, which makes the jacket thicker and thereby less breathable.

In addition to opting for a hand made suit, you can always choose a part lined jacket. Less lining inside the jacket helps to increase airflow in and around the garment, greatly improving breathability.

When selecting your fabrics, it’s always best to go for lighter weight wools and mohairs, somewhere between 7-9 oz. Linen is also a great choice for warmer climes, but has a more casual feel when finished so is a less attractive business option, however it remains popular for weddings and separates.

While some of you may be put off wearing tweed in the summer months, we do offer an 11oz city tweed which is lighter than regular tweeds, which tend to start at 14oz. The city tweed is therefor fine for summer wear and is available in a variety of colour ways from fabric mills LBD and Holland & Sherry.

Colour consideration is also important. Lighter shades reflect light rather than absorb it, making the garment much cooler to wear. For more formal occasions and work wear there’s definitely room for experimenting with colour. Step away from the more traditional and conservative dark shades of charcoal and navy and head towards lighter shades of grey and more interesting, vibrant blues.

The Yorkshire Textile Company offers a few of our favourites, with more unusual shades of brighter blue. Still conservative enough to wear for the office and ideal for beating the heat, these come in at 9oz, making them very breathable. Holland & Sherry’s Cape Horn bunch has an interesting range of colours and patterns in 8oz fabrics that are also worth considering.


Here at C&D we are huge fans of the waistcoat. The addition of a waistcoat gives suits a super smart look as well as an additional layer of warmth in spring and autumn. In summer the waistcoat really comes into its own when those suit jackets come off.

Having a waistcoat allows you to keep the formality of the three-piece suit but also gives the flexibility of an entirely different look and feel when worn alone with trousers and a shirt. It also allows for an additional layer of style in its contrasting back, usually constructed in a lining fabric (which is lighter in weight). This is just one part of a suit that you can really have fun with, opting for vibrant contrasting colours, patterns and designs.

Our fully bespoke hand made suits take between 10-12 weeks to finish. Order now for late June/early July completion.

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Posted by Jennifer White, Store Manager

Front panel of a black two button, single breasted, bespoke jacket, mid baste. #SavileRow #Bespoke #Tailoring #London #Menswear #MensStyle  (at Cad & the Dandy)

Cad & The Dandy - A Comprehensive Review

Controversial? Us?! Read The Student Tailor’s comprehensive review of our products and services via the MensFlair blog, and decide for yourselves -

Ian’s Budget Advice for George Osborne

Ian gives George Osborne some advice on how to spruce up his budget, via this video from The Telegraph -

Art of Tailoring Event - Tatler

A few pictures taken at our Art of Tailoring event last week, in conjunction with Square Mile Magazine, courtesy of Tatler’s Bystander - 

Ian holds court with his talk on the finer points of bespoke suit making at our Art of Tailoring event. #savilerow #bespoke #tailoring  (at Cad & the Dandy)
Preparations are well under way for our Art of Tailoring event this evening. Many thanks to Berry Bros. & Rudd for the alcohol delivery this morning. Now, just to keep the staff sober until 6.30pm!!  (at Cad & the Dandy)


A first look at my new bespoke double-breasted lounge suit by the Cad & the Dandy.

Review coming soon to Thoughts of a ‘Student Tailor’ and

Gourmet Burger Gratitude

A much appreciated and thoroughly delicious gift from Gourmet Burger Kitchen's Chief Executive, Alasdair Murdoch, given to the staff at Savile Row for their recent delivery of a rather splendid suit. Thank you from the team in Savile Row.

Square Mile Magazine - James’s Sharp Notes

James talks watches, his wardrobe and his wish list in this month’s issue of Square Mile Magazine - 

In the Diary - March

Fox’s lightweight flannels for some splendid spring and summer suits.

Boyds for British cuisine with a twist, in WC2
Luxury brunch at Villandry, St.James.
Tastes of the Loire Valley at the Green Man & French Horn.

Guinness, in honour of St Patrick’s Day, at The Harp in Covent Garden. 
Hawksmoor, for perfect martinis, shaken not stirred (see Bond, below).

Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum.
imageWilliam Kent – Designing Georgian Britain, at the V&A.
Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit, at the Gielgud.
RCA Secret exhibition, for the chance to bag a masterpiece.
Mid Century Modern for the best in modern antiques for house and home, at Dulwich College.

Nosing around other people’s houses via The Great Indoors: At Home in the Modern British House, by Ben Highmore.
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson.

The new Wildsmith Bloomsbury Oak loafer for luxury, slip on, spring wear.
Some Mulberry Luggage for this month’s NY trip.

A Cad & The Dandy Style Guide - Pocket Squares

Not everyone likes to wear a tie and there are definitely some occasions that call for less formality. In these situations one can bypass the tie altogether and opt for a pocket square to compliment a suit or jacket, made up in cotton, linen or silk. 

Originally a look sported by more senior gentlemen, we are now seeing a younger generation of dapper dressers adopting it, reflecting a more contemporary approach. Pocket squares can be used to compliment the tone of your suit or jacket, or to create a striking contrast. Paisley prints and spots are very popular, current choices, with plain colours and stripes retaining a more conservative and traditional feel.

We have many clients requesting bespoke options, made up to match the lining of a suit or jacket. These tend to be more daring in their approach with varying themes from skull & crossbones, bright floral prints, peacocks and even tattoos! So whether a traditionalist or a trend setter, a pocket square is certain to add style and flair to any ensemble.

Of course, one can also always wear a pocket square with a tie, as our image examples show. Matching to a tie is an option but it’s better to compliment the shirt and tie overall. The more daring and dandy may opt for clashing patterns, colours and tones. 

When considering a pocket square, it is also worth remembering that there are many ways to fold and present your pocket. These include straight, squared, ruffled, pointed and rounded. On that note, we’ll sign off with this step-by-step Wiki How guide to help you make the fold of your choice.

What better way to start the working day? Happy pancake day! #pancakeday #shrovetuesday  (at Cad & the Dandy)

How to be a Well Groomed Groom - Telegraph Online

Some well dressed wedding advice, from our very own James Sleater, in The Telegraph online