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Timothy Everest is a bespoke tailor for the dress code-less generation

Looking for a tailor-made suede bomber or safari jacket? Timothy Everest's the place to go. Aleks Cvetkovic, our Style Editor-At-Large, talks to the in-house team about their twenty-first century approach to tailoring

If I say the words ‘bespoke tailor’ to you, what springs to mind? Dusty images of Savile Row’s closed curtains, I imagine? Or fusty tweed suits turning stale on drab mannequins? Often, clichés like these do London’s bespoke tailoring fraternity a mean disservice, but nevertheless the idea of walking into a bespoke tailor can be intimidating, or even downright unappealing at times.

So, if I told you there’s a contemporary tailor in Shoreditch who’ll make you anything from an exquisite bespoke suede safari jacket to a swish ready-to-wear needlecord suit, I’m guessing your ears would prick up?

Cue Timothy Everest, a tailoring house founded in East London in the early ‘90s. Mr Everest himself is no longer in the business, but his right hand man, Lee Rekert – who’s been with the company for over 15 years – helms the brand today. His team includes such fine individuals as style aficionado and creative, Tony Madsen-Sylvester – who’s lent his wisdom to the Jackal previously, and Head Cutter Fred Nieddu, who is (for my money) one of London’s most underrated bespoke craftsmen. He worked with British military tailor Meyer & Mortimer for a number of years, where he mastered the art of cutting a very sharp, structured kind of suit. He applies this training to his work at Timothy Everest today, which combines a clean, smooth look with a lighter, dare I say, more comfortable construction.

Nieddu’s also a dab hand when it comes to pushing the envelope. As well as handsome suits and separates, Timothy Everest has developed a reputation for its exquisite bespoke suede bombers, safari jackets and blazers.

‘We’ve always taken the approach that the customer comes first,’ Rekert explains further. ‘So, rather than dictating a house style to our clients, we try to take a more creative route. Not being on Savile Row affords us this luxury – we are far more service-driven and look at each customer in a more “couture” manner. That’s how our first bespoke suede pieces came about, and it just happens to be something we’ve stuck with.’

Talking of sticking with things, Timothy Everest also has a number of long-standing relationships with British and American movie studios. Little known fact: Nieddu cut all the tailoring for the principal cast of The Crown (seasons one and two), including the superb six-button navy blazer sported by former Jackal cover star, Matt Smith. Timothy Everest also makes suits for the Bond franchise (dressing another Jackal alumnus, Ralph Fiennes in the process), the Mission Impossible movies, and The Man from Uncle. Plus, just a few months ago the house made Alicia Vikander’s stunning three-piece dinner suit for Comic Relief’s One Red Nose Day and a Wedding.

While bespoke runs firmly in the company’s blood, that’s not all that Timothy Everest does today. The brand offers an impressive made-to-measure service too, and the Shoreditch and Mayfair stores play host to a well-executed ready-to-wear collection; with a mixture of suits, separates, shirts and knitwear available at very attractive price points. This season’s highlights include merino button-through polo shirts in navy and cream, a swish checked raincoat, and a range of earthy linen button-down shirts. The house was also one of the first independent brands in London to offer a ‘washed programme’ for its ready-to-wear tailoring. Today, washed corduroy, cotton drill and linen suits are the backbone of Timothy Everest’s collection.

‘The idea came from wanting to find a suit that could appeal to the clients in both our locations – Shoreditch and Mayfair,’ says Rekert. ‘One garment to fit the Shoreditch customer and our Mayfair clientele together. Our Shoreditch customer might be working in a creative studio; he wants a relaxed suit to layer with a polo and sneakers. In Mayfair, our guy might be in a shirt and tie on his Brompton bike – trouser legs rolled up. Our washed suits fit both environments. You can dress them up or dress down as your needs dictate.’

Of course, there’s always more to say about an engaging independent brand like Timothy Everest, but it’d be shame to spoil all the fun for you. We’re into the brand, and we think – smart-thinking Jackal reader that you are – you will be too. Take your Brompton to Shoreditch next Saturday, and you’ll walk out of the shop a better-dressed man.

Knitwear from £109, washed programme suits from £500, bespoke two-piece suits from £3,100, timothyeverest.co.uk