A New Suit

A great deal of thought can go into designing a made-to-measure suit, and to offer a little insight into the experience we're creating a new (semi) regular segment that illustrates what goes into both the prominent and subtle decisions behind the process. Sometimes it all starts with a picture. Or - as was the case - a picture and a preconceived half-baked concept in need of a little musing. I'd long considered adding a suit in a patterned fabric to my roster, as I've relied more on tactile weave for texture than anything.

For a second time, inspiration came from a film featuring secret agency.

"Do you expect me to talk?"

Stumbling across an image of Sean Connery as James Bond in the iconic Glen Check suit from Goldfinger, I suddenly grew more assured in my desires. Beyond merely the classic pattern, I was struck by how well the suit worked as a three-piece and figured that this would also be the perfect opportunity for adding my first matching waistcoat to a suit.

Slight tweaks to taste followed: I opted for a pale blue over-check (as is not uncommon) to the pattern, and nixed the pleats to the front of the pants. I turned up the cuff on the pants, as well, based on nothing more than preferential intuition. The ticket pocket felt at home, so it remained unchanged.

What remains is an incredibly versatile suit that can be worn in numerous ways and in a variety of seasons. The waistcoat can be mixed-and-matched with other offerings to enhance my existing wardrobe. My full register of white and light blue shirting (and also, wonderfully, my pale pinks) are compatible, though I'm exceptionally partial to the use of light blue as an accent colour, playing off of the suit's blue over-check.

Needless to say, it's quickly become my new favourite.

Ryan W.A. Clark

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