Finding a suit that accurately fits the size of your inside leg as well as the size your wallet has been made exponentially easier by the high street. Not always without a little help from a tailor — your sartorial consigliere — but there are now far more on-point options when buying off-the-peg.
The latest name to enter this arena is heritage menswear brand Farah. Better known for its casualwear and the recognisable golden F that became a definitive mark of Skinhead and Mod culture, Farah has produced a range of suits.
A first for the near 100-year-old business, Farah says the tailoring line is inspired by German industrial designer Dieter Rams who favoured simple design. As a result the line-up of three-piece suits and separates consists of classic single and double-breasted jackets with notch and peak lapels. However, it’s not all strait-laced. There’s also woven hounds tooth styles and a dinner suit shawl-lapel jacket in dark navy or burgundy.
Subtle references to Farah’s past can be found through suits made from textured hopsack — a naturally crease-resistant fabric used by the brand since the 1960s — in bottle green and light tan. The golden F also makes an appearance, woven into jacket and trouser linings.
The Farah tailoring line will be available in stores and online from 11 July, priced from £160.