You may look like someone else, but are you?

This jacket is from a suit I made for a client in the City. He has a senior position in the financial markets, dealing with clients.

He is in a bitterly competitive world where many products and services appear much the same, and small differences matter.

Differences such as the impression he makes. How he looks.

He is in his late 30s and wanted something fairly conservative but not dull.

It was important that the quality of the suit matched his high standing, yet wouldn’t seem ostentatious (never outshine your prospect).

With a cloth collection of well over 4000 samples, the hardest part wasn’t finding one cloth that matched the criteria, but narrowing down the multiple options to find ‘the’ one.

Together, we selected this beautiful pure merino wool 10oz cloth. The weight makes it wonderfully light and comfortable, but also versatile enough for all year round wear.

The cloth design is a subtle Glen Urquhart check (often called a Prince of Wales check). A classic design with rich heritage that never fails to look good.

From a distance the suit looks a formal charcoal grey. But when you get a little closer you see the detail.

The check in the cloth gives texture. Look carefully and you see a fine sky blue double over-check, a detail highlighted by the matching sky blue checked lining inside. This gives it character and lightens the effect giving it a contemporary edge whilst still remaining professional.

Look a little closer still and you notice the pocket details. The outside ticket pocket on one side gives it a very English tailored look.

A detail like this is often copied on ready to wear – but somehow not quite the genuine article.

One reason is because that’s not where the detail ends in the kind of suit I make.

Look carefully at the pockets and you see they are bound with contrast jettings. The pipings of those pockets are of a black cloth instead of matching the jacket fabric. A detail followed on the matching trouser pockets.

The black jettings are barely noticed at first glance, and that’s the idea. They don’t scream out at you and draw too much attention, but gently let the viewer know there is something a bit special about this suit.

You’ll see the cuff has just a single button, a unique feature of most William Westmancott suits – it whispers custom-made, without making a brash statement.

It also mirrors the single button front. A one button front gives the suit a slightly contemporary air and makes it wonderfully flattering to the wearer by opening up the chest and highlighting the waist.

The shape of the cut emphasises the waist, the slight skirt below the waist gives flair and balances the weight of the chest.

The chest I’ve cut slim in the front for a clean, sharp and smart look, while the high armhole gives greater freedom and comfort to the wearer.

Naturally the buttons are real horn and the buttonholes are hand-sewn.

At first, you might have thought it just another dark grey business suit. But it is packed full of subtle little details that let even the casual observer know this is no ordinary suit and the person wearing it is no ordinary business man.

Do you see yourself as ordinary, or just a little out of the ordinary? If you e-mail me at william@williamwestmancott.com perhaps we can talk about the sort of tailoring that might suit you, and your position.