File this under well-suited, T.M.Lewin has been supplying quality business wear - including shirts, suits and accessories - for men and women since 1898. And with the company still employing many of the same traditional manufacturing techniques pinoeered by its founder, Thomas Mayes Lewin, as well as the excellent craftsmanship, choice and value that remains the driving force behind the brand, it is no surprise that T.M.Lewin has over 90 stores in the UK alone, with further plans to expand the brand across the rest of the world.
Being the lucky wasp that I am, I was sent one of T.M.Lewin's shirts last week - the London Super Fitted White Sateen Point Collar Shirt to be exact - which couldn't have come at a better time to be honest, now that I am charging on with my plans to move to London and will no doubt have to dress up my look at times for work related meetings and dinner dates with sugar daddies. If I'm honest, I am so not the best when it comes to ordering shirts online but luck was on my side when I guesstimated my measurements this time around, as what arrived was a perfectly fitting crisp white shirt. What surprised me the most though when trying it on was how much I'd missed dressing up. Having become used to wearing something borderline smart casual every day for seven years in my last job, I had totally forgotten how nice it feels to put on a nice shirt, slip on a pair of dress trousers, and finish the look off with a cheeky wee tie and statement shoes. It's a classic look that I am definitely going to embrace a lot more going forward. And I guess I have T.M.Lewin to thank for that.
But lets not forget that T.M.Lewin offer more than just great basics. They also make very nice suits, and their new AW14 collection which I've been fortunate enough to have a sneak peek at is making its own bold statement. Inspired by the industrial landscape, the new collection is defined by the depth of colour, tone and texture used across the range. Think greys, blues, and navy coupled with a wealth of rich textured weaves, melange yarns and camouflage jacquards and you're already halfway there. It's a youthful collection and I think it will definitely appeal to the next gen businessman who is as focused on creating a memorable look as he is on practicality and quality. It ticks all the boxes and will be available in store and online from 4th August.
For now though, I am giving serious consideration to purchasing myself one of T.M.Lewin's skinny fit suits which are available in black, grey and navy and look all kinds of adorable. Appropriately pitches as he perfect 'first suit', The Skinny is a sleek and streamlined little number that appeals in the sense that if you're a skinny bitch like me you can't really go wrong. Whilst there's something to be said for an extremely well groomed sugar daddy, I know better than to steal shade from the man who pays my bills, and this suit just appeals in its simplicity. What's more, you can't really go wrong spending £149 on a nice suit. It will also mean I can totally justify spending £905 on these Lanvin metal-embellished leather derby shoes to finish off the look. And people say us skinny rakes have no brains? Aye right.