I have a book of Edwardian patterns from 1907 in which the author refers to the frock coat as “our splendid inheritance from our ancestors”.
Even in that age, the author lamented the modern choice of the less fitted sack coat over the slim-waisted frock.

Photo by Jagger Photography

Today only British royals seem to wear frock coats on a frequent basis.
But nothing could be more appropriate for a wedding than a cutaway or morning coat like the one pictured.
The morning coat is the daytime equivalent of the dress coat or tailcoat, and cuts away quickly from a tailored front suit jacket to rounded tails. This morning coat is made from linen, lined in cotton, and accompanied by a splendid brocade vest.
We can also, of course, make double-breasted frocks (i.e. “Prince Albert Frocks”) like the one worn by Taffy (the center figure in the etching), as well as frock overcoats like the double-breasted surtout, or the single breasted newmarket. If you can dream up a frock coat, from ultra modern, to classic, to seampunk Victorian, we can make it
Contact A.J. for more information: aj@denverbespoke.com
Linen tailcoat

Linen Tails With Cravat

One of our specialties is custom tailcoats. And we are one of the few makers of bespoke tailcoats anywhere in the world.

Tailcoats haven’t been this in fashion since the beginning of the 20th century, and our modern tailcoats can fit every need. We can make tailcoats for almost every budget and in every style.
We can make Regency style tails or Edwardian dress coats, but we can also make these same projects out of fabrics like linen, that are perfect for outdoor weddings in hotter climes.
We can also provide custom made-to-measure shirts and vests to accompany our tailcoats, whether you are going for an early 20th century white tie look, a 1960s Sergeant Pepper’s look, or a Regency “Mr. Darcy” look.

With a Double-Breasted Vest

The photos with this posting show a recent project in which we made linen tails and pants for a wedding at a 19th century armory on an island (with accompanying double-breasted vest and silk cravat) another linen tailcoat (with raspberry silk cravat and 19th century style wing collar shirt from cotton jacquard) and a slubbed sateen tailcoat (with double-breasted vest) made for a Santa Monica beach wedding.

A Wedding In Santa Monica

Every detail and fabric can be custom picked, from the shape of the collars to the length and shape of the tails. For most of our wedding suits we custom fit them using a muslin (a rough cotton mock-up of the suit), thus guaranteeing a perfect fit.
Contact aj@denverbespoke.com to get started on your own pieces today.
Here are some pictures of a suit that Lianna and I designed awhile back. I wanted to make a suit that was similar to Victorian seaside and reefer suits, but that had a slightly more updated and modern fit.
The fabric I ended up choosing was a silk matka. This tweedy raw silk fabric (blended in this case with wool and viscose) had a herringbone weave and the look was just right for a seaside style suit but was also something that I could wear on the right occasions all year round.Suit Matka Suit
For the lining, I chose an Asian brocade, which was in keeping with the Victorian theme and style of the suit but also had a “fun and casual” feel to it.
The styling of this suit is unique in so many ways. The button-through pockets, especially the button-through breast pocket, were details that I hadn’t seen on suits newer than the 1930s. The high square notched collar was also something that I hadn’t seen on any modern suits.
The inspiration for some of these features was the white reefer suit pictured at the right. This suit is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (and is featured in this book).
Most double-breasted suits today have peak lapels (and I am not sure how this convention started) but the notch lapel on this suit is both thoroughly Victorian and rather mod (I can almost, but not quite see this suit as a product of 1960s London).
This is the type of project that we do best. A piece steeped in historical reference but also modern. A piece that will quickly be recognized as a product of thought, design and taste.
Notched-Collar Double-Breasted Seaside Suit
Contact us to have us start work designing a suit for you.
The fit (which we test with a cotton muslin) is guaranteed.