The Hull tailor loving the waistcoat resurgence thanks to Gareth Southgate

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Jul 2018

With England’s semi-final match coming up, we’re sure to see manager Gareth Southgate out on the side lines in his now famous navy-blue waistcoat.

Official tailors to the England team, Marks & Spencer, have seen waistcoat sales double since the start of the World Cup. Some stores have even run out of stock ahead of ‘Waistcoat Wednesday’.

And, in Hull, there's one store loving seeing the resurgence of the waistcoat - and is hoping it lasts beyond this year's tournament.

Peter Fletcher, of Leonard Silver in the city centre , has been a tailor for 34 years and is pleased that formal menswear is getting its time in the spotlight.

He said: “It’s been coming for about two years now, with Gareth Southgate and the TV show Peaky Blinders there’s been more men wanting to wear that kind of style.”

Leonard Silver Menswear, based in Savile Street, has been selling suits in the city centre since 1946. It was saved from closure last year after it was purchased by Chris Sykes.

Peter Fletcher of Leonard Silver

The shop offers a bespoke service with made to measure suits. Mr Fletcher believes this sets them apart from their high street competitors.

“Any cloth you like, any lining you like, any style you like, any size you need. Marks and Spencer can’t do that”.

Mr Fletcher makes all the alterations to the suits upstairs. “I do the alterations, we measure them up. They’re all English made, our waistcoats."

He believes the waistcoat is an integral part of a man’s wardrobe.

"It just finishes a suit off, makes it a three piece.

"When its weather like this you just take your jacket off and you’re still smart because you’ve got your waistcoat on.

"Like Southgate does when he’s on the side lines, he’s got his tie on, not like the Brazilian manager just stood there in a t-shirt."

Speaking of his own profession, Mr Fletcher says: “It’s like if I come down to measure somebody in jeans and trainers, they’d leave!”

He credits some of Southgate’s success with the England squad this World Cup to the smart way he dresses.

“He looks like a leader, you’ve got to give the impression you know what you’re talking about”.



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