I spent Wednesday afternoon walking around Manhattan and dropped into 9 East 53d Street with a friend to visit bespoke tailor Leonard Logsdail (no web site). A transplanted Londoner, Logsdail has been offering New Yorkers a Savile Row styled suit (many of them cut and sewn in England) since 1991.
Logsdail's use of remote Savile Row tailors pioneered a system similar to the one London's Kilgour uses today to make bespoke suits in China. The pattern is made near the customer and sent to the tailors, wherever they may be. Garments are returned needing only minor finishing.
The advantage of this system is that the work can be done where the skilled tailors reside, a considerable advantage for recruiting and training compared to firms like Oxxford whose staffing strategy relies on relocating tailors thousands of miles to higher cost locations.
It makes a lot of sense to me that the garment should travel instead of the customer. And if the results are consistently as good as the tartan smoking jacket in the photo, bespoke customers everywhere may owe Mr. Logsdail a debt of gratitude.