Frequently asked questions
Who are Harris & Howard Bespoke?
Harris & Howard Bespoke is an exclusive brand that is known for producing the finest gentlemen’s garments. Steeped in the long-established traditions of British tailoring, we are recognised for our attention to detail, expert craftsmanship, and customer service; priding ourselves in creating clothes to make our clients look great, feel comfortable, and receive compliments – no matter what the occasion.
Perfectly tailored clothing reflects who you are and positively impacts how people see you. From a broad spectrum of business suits and formal attire to casual and sporting wear, we will put together outfits to suit your personality, body shape, and lifestyle. Our professional clothiers will guide you through a seemingly infinite variety of styles and materials to complement your individuality and form your very own sartorial masterpiece.
What is bespoke tailoring?
Bespoke tailoring is a centuries-old tradition that is the art of custom making clothing for the defined individual. The word bespoke is derived from the 17th-century old English adjective meaning “been spoken for.” In the context of tailoring, it denotes a garment that has been made for you and you only. It offers the opportunity for an individual to create a truly exclusive garment, not just in shape but in material, detail, and finishing.
What are your opening hours?
Our Alderley Edge, Cheshire showroom is open Monday – Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm.
Upon request our clothiers are able to accommodate outside of opening hours.
Our Houston, Texas showroom is opened by appointment only.
Do you offer a visiting service?
We work with some of the world’s most discerning professionals and appreciate the demands already placed on our customer’s time. Our visiting clothiers allow for you to put time aside and visit you in the comfort of your own home or within the privacy of your office at a time most convenient to you.
Can I visit you?
Yes, certainly. Our clothiers can either visit you at your home or office or you’re welcome to come see us at one of our beautiful showrooms in Alderley Edge, Cheshire or Houston, Texas.
Our showrooms both boast a gorgeous front room stocked with hundreds of cloths, a private fitting room, and a dedicated alterations workroom. Of course, there’s also a fully catered bar area over-flowing with the most excellent wines, whisky, gin, and beers, as well as a variety of teas and coffees – so you can sit down, relax and fully enjoy your bespoke tailoring experience.
How long is an appointment?
For the initial consultation we usually we meet a customer for 30-60 minutes, either at our showrooms or in their office or home, and choose the cloth, linings, buttons and trimmings. Then we discuss the details and advice on the best cut, colours and styles to ensure the wearer receives compliments.
How long does a garment take to make?
It’s important to understand that the bespoke process should not be rushed and depends on the fabric, cut and style. We recommend allowing at least 4-6 weeks for your shirts and 6-8 weeks between consultation and fitting for your suit to give time for craftsmanship of the highest quality. For a fee these times can sometimes be reduced slightly if the order is urgent.
What makes a good suit?
A great suit is set apart by the smallest of details such as hand sewn buttonholes - our signature lapel buttonhole takes an hour to sew but looks amazing and cannot be achieved by machine. Hand sewing in the rest of the garment, such as the armholes feels much better, and a full canvas construction allows the garment to take the shape of the wearer and actually improves the fit over time.
You can tell if someone has had a suit made for them. A bespoke suit the fabric is made to suit you, so it fits better and makes your whole posture improve. It is not just the finer details you can see up close.
What do your prices start at for a bespoke suit?
Our prices start at £999 inclusive of VAT for a two-piece suit.
What are your payment terms?
After you’ve finished designing your garment and we’ve taken all the necessary measurements to start the tailoring process, we’ll ask for a 50% deposit, then we do not ask for the balance until you’re fully satisfied with the finished piece.
Where do your fabrics come from?
At Harris & Howard Bespoke, to maintain our exclusivity, quality, and presence, we scour the globe looking for only the highest quality cloth and trimmings: Australian Merino Wool, Egyptian Cotton, Scottish Tweed, Irish Linen, South African Mohair, and Vicuna from Peru.
We have relationships with the finest mills and merchants across the world, including Dormeuil and Dugdale Bros in Huddersfield, England, and Vitale Barberis Canonico and Reda in Biella, Italy.
How are your garments constructed?
Harris & Howard Bespoke continually raise the bar and set benchmarks to others in our quality and attention to detail in the tailoring and construction of our bespoke garments. We use a layer of canvas in the construction rather than bonding man-made fibres, creating the very finest, high-quality garments.
Do you offer an alterations service?
Paying close attention that every detail from the original garment is retained, we offer a competitive alterations service where we will improve the fit or repair your existing garments or suits. From shortening to the complete rebuild of a garment, we cover all aspects of clothing alterations for your convenience. Whether you’ve bought a new favourite, dropped a hem, or a few pounds, we will take the utmost care of your garment to ensure you look and feel your very best. Click here for more information and prices.
Are you hiring?
We here at Harris & Howard Bespoke are always looking for determined individuals to join our team. Experience in bespoke clothing is not a prerequisite as we provide full comprehensive training and development. However, only highly motivated individuals with a proven track record in business development should inquire. If you’re interested in joining please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org