Monday, 10 February 2014

Frederick Lynn

In the Spring, I'm planning to go out to Chicago - a city I've never visited, but one with a thriving fashion industry and one that I associate with a business-like but sharp and stylish dress-sense. I'm excited to visit some tailors there, and particularly excited to already be talking to one. Frederick Lynn is the creation of Aaron Comes, a 'refugee from the corporate world' of big garment manufacturers who started his own business three years ago making handmade suits and accessories and, in December, opened a beautiful new showroom in Chicago.

With a range of cloths including both very traditional English makes like Scabal and the Italian mill, Marzoni, Frederick Lynn is clearly ready to cater to a variety of tastes and styles. This much is clear from the sample photos they sent me of their suits, which include both a beautiful muted soft three-piece business suit and the sort of bright purple checked sports coat that I imagine ex-Ivy-Leaguers wearing to their country club but which, I fear, I could never pull off.

Like many of the modern generation of tailors and, indeed, increasingly of the old-school ones, Frederick Lynn offer their suits at different price points depending on how much of the work is done by hand. Although I'm a big believer in the advantages of a hand-made suit, I'm also a big believer that a suit that fits properly is more important than anything else, so it's nice to be able to go to a decent bespoke tailor and order a suit that will fit right but won't break the bank.

The range also includes a number of elegant-looking leather accessories, and both bespoke and off-the-peg outerwear. As someone who has long been hunting for a properly long trench-coat instead of the thigh-length ones that are all anyone seems to sell these days, the made-to-order outerwear is of particular interest and something I will be certain to look at when I visit.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to a proper look round the shop in May, at which point I will report back with a more detailed post. In the meantime, if you're in the area and have a chance to pop in, or already have any experience of Frederick Lynn, do leave a comment as I'd be very keen to hear what you thought.