The tradition of the ‘visiting tailor’ is a quintessentially English one. Every six months a dunhill master-tailor calls in on Kuwait, bringing with him some of the world’s most luxurious cloths – Super 170s and Super 200s, all boasting some of the most finely spun yarn possible – and hosts the city’s style-savvy gentlemen for whom he will create a piece of clothing designed solely to the individual’s unique specifications. MEN’S PASSION had the pleasure of accompanying one such gentleman, Dr. Yaqub Taqi – a man of refinement, culture and a dunhill aficionado – on his unique sartorial journey.
“When I walk into the dunhill boutique, I immediately feel at home. Everybody knows me by name, and they know my taste. It is truly what one calls a personalized service”.
Committed to providing an exceptional experience as well as the highest craftsmanship in tailoring, clients are invited to join the master tailor in a cozy living-room-style suite in the JW Marriott – above the dunhill boutique. Here, they can go through the Made to Measure journey in an exclusive, quiet environment.
“Getting to know your client, his personality, likes and dislikes, is an integral part of the process”, says Russell Hindmarch. “While every season dunhill offers a wide variety of fabrics, colors and patterns, I can always predict which fabric my client will choose”.
Having known Dr Yaqub for many years, choosing the fabric together now is more of an affermation of how well we now know one another”.
A jacket will use some one hundred and eighty separate pieces in its construction and a suit will undergo two hundred operations by skilled artisans. “Each suit has to be carefully measured for the perfect fit. Attention to details is indeed a British speciality of ours”.
Dr. Yaqub is also picking up the suit that he was measured for on Russell’s last visit 6 months ago, and today he has ordered a number of new ones. “A happy customer indeed!”, he smiles.