Sometimes, we discover sources of inspiration and innovation, as well as their creators, on social media platforms such as Instagram.
This is how I was approached by Cad & the Dandy, a bespoke men’s attire creator boutique that has expanded from the famous Savile Row in London to New York and beyond in the US.
Through our fruitful relationship, many of my clients have sported their stylish tuxedos and suits, my husband included.
Having a stylist's expert advice can elevate the tuxedo shopping experience and help a groom refine his style to achieve truly elegant results.
I recently spoke with Steve Knorsch, one of the top Cad & the Dandy stylists, and asked him to share some advice for my couples in their quest for wedding day sophistication and style.
Please introduce us to your business. Cad & The Dandy was founded by Ian Meiers and James Sleater in 2008 and is the youngest tailoring house on Savile Row in London. They have a modern approach to tailoring with uncompromising attention to style and craft that has garnered a loyal following. Since 2018 there is also a New York location – The Penthouse - showcasing the fine quality, bespoke, British tailoring that every man desires for one of the most important days of his life.
We know that wedding attire for grooms is usually classified by type (white tie, black tie, suit, etc.) and color. Can you comment on this? Are there any other details often overlooked by the clients?
There are very specific rules with formalwear based on time of year, time of day, and occasion. That said, many of these rules went out the window in the last few years as couples have sought to redefine weddings and etiquette to suit today’s needs and desires. A dark suit in blue or gray is always appropriate for a daytime wedding or even an evening event with a more casual tone. Paired with a solid shirt and tie, a dark suit will always be appropriate for a semi-casual affair.
For a more formal daytime affair (anytime from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm the traditional option would be a "Morning Suit." Seen more in the UK and Europe than in the US, it has gained footing in America in recent years.
After 6:00 pm, "Black Tie" is the choice. A black or midnight blue tuxedo is the hands-down favorite for a formal evening ceremony and celebration.