FAQs
  1. What is The Famous 1886?
  2. Can I change or cancel my order?
  3. Can I give you my own materials?
  4. If I'm a very big size do I have to pay extra?
  5. What if I need alterations to my suit?
  6. When do I and how can I pay?
  7. How far does your visiting tailor service stretch?
  8. I'm interested in your Made to Measure Shirt service?
  9. If I am interested in using The Famous 1886, what do I do next?
  10. I need my suit for a special occasion, how long do I need to allow for getting it perfect?
  11. What is the difference between the British Bespoke and Semi Bespoke service?
  12. I'm new to tailoring, where do I start?
  13. How do I care for my suit?
  14. What is The Famous 1886?
    The Famous 1886 is Gloucestershire's leading visiting tailoring service. I offer a wide variety of bespoke and semi bespoke tailoring, including made to measure shirts and made to measure ladies tailoring. I am Richard Cole, Great Grandson of Abraham Cole, who took over The Famous of Cheltenham in 1896, 10 years after it was started by 'The Famous tailor from London', hence the name; or so the legend goes. So tailoring is in my blood; I consider it part of my family heritage and I am very proud of that heritage. The Famous 1886 is my business, started after the closure of The Famous of Cheltenham, where I had been since 1999 and Menswear Director since 2007. I aim to bring my heritage in tailoring to new life and to new and existing customers, offering what I believe is Gloucestershire's leading visiting tailoring service
    Can I change or cancel my order?
    Once you place an order with me there is a 2 day cool-off/cancellation period before I send the order for manufacture. After that period you would have to sacrifice part or all of your deposit depending on how far into production your garment is.
    Can I give you my own materials?
    Yes, both my British Bespoke service and Hand Cut Semi Bespoke service offer a full Cut, Measure, Trim service (CMT) so you can supply your own cloth. As a guide you would need Two Piece Suit 3.20mts Three Piece Suit 3.60mts Overcoat 3.00mts Sports Jacket 2.00mts Blazer 2.00mts Trouser 1.50mts Waistcoat 0.80mts
    If I'm a very big size do I have to pay extra?
    Unfortunately there is a 10% premium for sizes above 50 chest on all orders, although I tend to build this in to the individual quote and it almost always works out at less than 10%.
    What if I need alterations to my suit?
    For British Bespoke tailored and Hand Cut Semi Bespoke tailored items, alterations are included and future alterations charged at cost.
    When do I and how can I pay?
    I accept cash, cheques, bank transfer or Paypal. For tailoring orders I ask for a 50% deposit when an order is placed and settlement at the final fitting when the garment is handed over.
    How far does your visiting tailor service stretch?
    I am happy to offer no obligation visits and delivery as far as 20 miles outside of Cheltenham for all customers but I am happy to discuss further distances by arrangement, particularly for group bookings. Please do not hesitate to contact me to ask.
    I'm interested in your Made to Measure Shirt service?
    This runs along the same lines as the Men's tailoring services such as visiting distance, payment terms etc. More details can be found on the dedicated page below: Made to Measure Shirts
    If I am interested in using The Famous 1886, what do I do next?
    Contact me on 07775751741 or richcole@thefamous1886.com to arrange a no-obligation consultation at your home or office.
    I need my suit for a special occasion, how long do I need to allow for getting it perfect?
    I always suggest allowing at least 6-8 weeks, more ideally. This allows both you and I a bit of breathing space and less stress. I have once or twice delivered the suit the day before the wedding (due to the customer I hasten to add) and it caused me and the customer sleepless nights. Particularly for wedding suits, contact me as soon as you begin thinking about it to set up a no obligation consultation.
    What is the difference between the British Bespoke and Semi Bespoke service?
    In brief, the British Bespoke service is my top quality offer. It is fully British made by skilled tailors in Huddersfield. It is a fairly new service for me to offer but early results suggest the quality is as good anything outside of Saville Row. The Semi Bespoke service is hand cut in Norfolk but put together at the tailors own factory in Mauritius. They have been my main tailors for many years and produced garments this way for the previous incarnation of The Famous. More details can be found on the individual pages for these offers: British Made Bespoke Hand Cut Semi Bespoke
    I'm new to tailoring, where do I start?
    You have already started in the best place by considering The Famous 1886 to be your tailor. Simply call me on 07775751741 or email richcole@thefamous1886.com to ask any questions or I'm very happy to offer a no-obligation consultation to discuss your requirements and how I can help you. I'm here to make the process less daunting, stress free and indeed enjoyable. I want you to end up the perfect garment for you.
    How do I care for my suit?
    If you heed the advice of a good tailor then a well tailored garment will give you many years service. In brief I advise:
    1. Buy a good suit that fits well
    2. Hang it when not in use. If you are not planning on wearing it for while then use a cover and moth balls.
    3. Rest and rotate your suits/garments. If possible purchase 2 pairs of trousers and these wear out quicker than the jacket.
    4. Avoid dry cleaning where possible as they do use strong chemicals. In many cases let a stain/mark dry then brush it out. Use of a clothes steamer is highly recommended to help remove marks and creases.