A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF...
PHIL WHELAN: TRAVELLING TAILOR
Meeting with a new Client
For my first appointment, I take my essential kit
of tape measure, pins and chalk, plus jackets in various sizes and fits. I also pack fabric bunches and inspiration cards.
I ascertain the client’s lifestyle and objectives regarding his new suit. My advice on colours and styles depends on the client’s body shape, tone of skin, hair and eyes.
My look for today: Business
Custom-made three-piece navy suit with a white cutaway collar shirt, striped tie and houndstooth pocket square with black double monk strap shoes.
Second & Final Fitting with a Client
Six weeks after our last meeting, I visit a client for a final fitting. I need to make some alterations and style some looks with shirts, ties and pocket squares plus suggest shoes and other accessories.
My look for today: Unique
Custom-made camouflage printed merino wool three-piece suit with a blue semi cutaway collar, blue knitted tie, white pocket square and black double monk strap shoes.
Meeting with a bride and groom today as we’ll be dressing the groom, best man and groomsmen.
We look at the colours of the bridesmaid dresses and flowers. I suggest some custom-made ties with the couple’s names and wedding date embroidered on the reverse.
My look for today: Relaxed
Navy chinos, white T-shirt, charcoal grey blazer and plain white trainers.
Clients Golf Day
We take some clients to play golf at Ardencote Manor in Warwickshire. Prizes are awarded for closest to the pin, longest drive and winning team.
My look for today: Golf
Grey custom-made long sleeved jersey polo with cream chinos.
Hosting a table at a charity fundraising dinner.
My look for today: Event
Green velvet smoking jacket, black satin stripe trousers, white shirt, black bow tie and white pocket square, with black patent and suede shoes.