Getting my first real suit, part three: my appointment with Léon Klaver

Last week, it was finally time to visit Léon Klaver. That day, I had quite the schedule. I had to quickly sand the last part of a woodworking project before bringing it to the paint sprayer. Then, I had to visit a friend and get into the shower, hopefully to remove all the dust from everywhere.

I dressed up in my most formal attire to expose any gaps in my current wardrobe and knowledge. This would be part of a talk about what would be best for a first proper wardrobe suit. I rushed a little but was just on time. I parked my bike outside the store and went in.


Wear your collar down; except when…

One of the things I’ve seen so many times here in the Netherlands is that many people are wearing their collars up, especially in summer. They do it with polos, shirts, and coats. A collar should be worn down; there’s no reason to point them up.

When should you actually wear your collar up?

When the weather calls for it, then you can pull up your collar to protect yourself from the weather. Simple.

Getting my first real suit, part two: Finding a tailor

One of the first and probably most important steps is finding a tailor whom you think is best for you. I have to admit, in the Netherlands, this is actually pretty hard. The bespoke tailors like Chifonelli, Anderson & Sheppard, Antonio Liverano, whom we see in videos in famous places like France, the United Kingdom, and Italy, are not found everywhere. (Pardon me if I forget to mention others.) Aside from that, buying my first suit on Savile Row may be a bit out of my league after owning two less-than-ideal off-the-rack suits. So I decide to find my tailor closer to home.


Getting my first real suit, part one: Where to start?

This post will be the first in a series about getting my first suit. A suit looks so simple to the eye. Pay a few hundred euros, get one off the rack, and you’re all set, right? Or not? In this first post, I’m going to make a plan for my first suit and provide some insights into where I’m coming from.


What you (still) don’t see me wearing in 2024

Moccasins and loafers

For me, these shoes do not fit my style. I’m not comfortable in them. Aside, they do not got the support I need for my flat feet.