Thom Whiddett and Luke Sweeney are the British duo behind the bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear menswear brand Thom Sweeney. Since meeting, the two have taken the tailoring world by storm with their sharp suits and personalized touch, catering to the likes of Gosling, Cooper, and Fassbender. We chatted with the gentlemen about their history with tailoring and how they’re designing a wardrobe for the modern man.
Photos courtesy of Thom Sweeney.
Bergdorf Goodman: Who and what do you find yourselves most inspired by when designing new ready-to-wear collections?
Thom Sweeney: We personally get very inspired between seasons by our Bespoke customers. We are really lucky to make bespoke clothing for some of the most creative, influential men in the world. These guys can only inspire you; not just by the way they dress but by the way they live.
BG: When acquiring new clients, how does the conversation typically begin? What information do you need to know from them in order to create the best pieces for their wardrobe?
TS: The conversation normally begins by asking where they have shopped in the past as this gives us an understanding of how they like to wear clothes. Then, its about trying to understand what the clients needs are. These questions normally range from where he likes to dine and what he does for a living to where does he travel. These simple questions give us huge insight into how we are going to dress the customer.
BG: You both trained under British tailors before starting your own business. In what ways have those experiences influenced the brand and how do you approach modernizing your offering?
TS: Training and working with Timothy Everest gave us so much. First, it’s where we met (Thom as a bespoke cutter / Luke as head of made to measure ). Without that, Thom Sweeney wouldn’t exist. Second, it opened our eyes to a different side of tailoring. Although we have a completely different feel, look, and DNA to Everest; working in what was then not the obvious place to have bespoke suits made (Spitalfields, London) gave us confidence when starting Thom Sweeney. We didn’t feel pressured to open on Savile Row. We knew as long as we opened in Mayfair we could make it a success.
BG: What are five key pieces that you would recommend every man have in his wardrobe?
TS: A Tuxedo, Navy Suit (3pc), Mid Grey suit (3pc), Navy Hopsack Blazer, and Navy Overcoat.