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18/11/2014: Suits You, Sir - by Gary Boom (Managing Director)

 

We are always searching for original ideas to turn an ordinary experience into an exceptional one and last Friday BI held the best lunch I have been to all year – at Huntsman on Savile Row. 

I will never forget getting behind the wheel of an Aston DB5 (my wife’s) or pulling on my first Huntsman suit.  The whole experience is surreal: you walk into the Huntsman shop on Savile Row and discuss fabrics in a leisurely fashion with your cutter, who then measures Sir.  A few fittings later, you pull on your first bespoke suit.  You have never felt so good. You, sir, have arrived. 

In fact an old colleague of mine told the story of how, when I walked into the office in my first Huntsman suit over 20 years ago, everyone asked if I had lost weight – unsurprisingly I made an appointment to have another made the very next day.

As you can tell I am a big, big fan.  So is my good friend Pierre who loved Huntsman so much he bought it.

We managed to transform the Huntsman shop into the coolest lunch venue imaginable for some great friends who support BI.  Cooking, as always, was Michelin Star quality.  The wines, Leoville Las Cases 96 and 85, were magnificent as were the Krug magnums and Fonseca 77.  As an aside, I am going through a “God, I love Port" stage – if you haven’t already, just buy some.  Everything was nigh-on perfect: the table, the setting and the crowd.  If the wine business falls away I will apply for employment selling suits in Savile Row, I am that big of a fan.

There is a fantastic story about David Brown from Aston Martin being asked by a friend if he could buy a DB5 at cost.  He then received a bill much higher than the retail value.  It is thus with bespoke suits.  Along with Port, probably the best value in the world.

Go and buy a bespoke suit and transform your life.  Even the firemen and fire engine which pitched up (something to do with our chef, Anthony, although he denies it completely) seemed impressed.

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28/09/2010: Three Stars... in Mortlake?!
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20/09/2010: Unfiltered with Gary Boom
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08/09/2010: The Wine Oscars - 'The International Wine Challenge'
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06/09/2010: Oh What a Week!
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31/08/2010: Deep in the countryside of Wales
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19/08/2010: Miserable Musigny and Champion Chambolle
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18/09/2010: Burgundy for kings, champagne for duchesses, claret for gentlemen - but Barolo for BI.
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16/08/2010: Reach for the stars
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10/08/2010: Chicken and Rousseau
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06/08/2010: ...go together like a horse and carriage...
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04/08/2010: Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba!
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29/07/2010: An Englishman in Wanchai
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26/07/2010: Quintessential British '80s food & Burgundy Part 1 & 2
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23/07/2010: Everything In Moderation... mmmmm
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21/07/2010: Your Average Monday Night
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19/07/2010: A new wine, an old wine and everything inbetween
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15/07/2010: A few notes on some interesting bottles
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05/07/2010: Saturday 3rd July - An immovable rendezvous
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30/06/2010: Guilty Pleasures
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22/06/2010: Donnafugata - A Sicilian Tasting Experience
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17/06/2010: '66 And All That: A World Cup Dinner
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15/06/2010: Rusty's World Cup Smash & Bash
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11/06/2010: Egon Muller @ The Ledbury
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08/06/2010: Old Friends for Dinner Chez Adams
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04/06/2010: An Amuse-Bouche of Mature Bordeaux
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01/06/2010: Pichon Lalande in HK
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27/05/2010: Four Days at Decanter
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23/05/2010: More bread please!
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20/05/2010: A drop of medicine with the 'Good Doctor'
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18/05/2010: Gulls Eggs at The Rules Restaurant
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14/05/2010: 2009 Vintage Update -Champagne Philipponnat
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10/05/2010: Zind Humbrect Tasting
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07/05/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 7 -
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30/04/2010: Turning a blind eye to Cabernet Sauvignon
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28/04/2010: The UK Wine Merchants UGC XI v Bordeaux Cricket Club
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23/04/2010: Meet the Fockers NW3 dinner party
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21/04/2010: 1986 Bordeaux
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19/04/2010: BI dinner at Cafe Anglais
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14/04/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 6 -
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13/04/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 5 - 7.20 wake up and no hot water!
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09/04/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 3 -
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08/04/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 2 -
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07/04/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 1 -
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02/04/2010: 2009 Bordeaux - A provisional Summary (6 of 6)
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01/04/2010: Back from Bordeaux
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27/03/2010: 2009 Sauternes. A vintage to match 2001? (5 of 6)
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26/03/2010: 2009 Bordeaux: Right Bank power versus Left Bank richness? (4 of 6)
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22/03/2010: 2009 Bordeaux - Pauillac Promise & Recalibration (2 of 6)
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23/03/2010: 2009 - Bordeaux Beautiful/Bordeaux Brutal (1 of 6)
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