Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Thomas Mahon is the next English tailor to visit San Francisco in October. He makes double breasteds for me (I like the shoulders) and came bearing a mid-gray 9 1/2 ounce Lesser to fit for next Spring, But first we started with a look at the charcoal 14 ounce hopsack that he sent to me last week (see his post on English Cut). Of course its arrival was another case of summer returning full force so I could only bear to have it on for a minute, long enough to tell that though my weight has not changed it may have redistributed itself somewhat as the coat needs a little more room across the chest. The right trouser leg is also a smidge too long, so the whole thing is going back for adjustment. It is a lovely suit and will hopefully return before we are too far into 2011, but that remains to be seen given the pending change in Thomas' life.
You see, Thomas is soon to be a father for the first time, which the fathers reading this know means he will not be getting any sleep for several months. I do not know how to judge the odds as to whether his backlog of work is going to reduce or increase when this occurs but my suit is hostage.
With the dark gray suit looked at, Thomas marked up the light gray (2010 somehow got to be a big year for solid grays in the order book of my life). I should see that suit in the spring and if that season is anything like the version we had this past year temperatures will be too cool to wear it. The thought was truly disturbing. And, if there is not already enough gray in my life, next in the pipeline is a black and cream check of an odd jacket that must inevitably look gray from a distance.
The photos alas were taken in a small artificially lit room without a flash.