BTBA Annual Festival Dinner

At the beginning of February we attended The Bespoke Tailors’ Benevolent Association Festival Dinner, once again held in the stunning surroundings of The Merchant Taylors’ Hall in The City of London. As always, it provided the perfect platform for everybody to catch up with old friends and raise money to support those from the trade who have fallen on hard times. Evenings and weekends throughout January were entirely devoted to making myself a dinner suit, as the dress code was Black Tie! Given my admiration for the likes of Fred Astaire, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra I opted for the most traditional spec. My jacket was single breasted (one button) with peak lapels and pure silk facings, no side vents and jetted pockets. The trousers have double pleats and braiding down the outside leg to match the jacket. The cloth is pure worsted barathea (11oz) from Smith Woollens, with a stunning black paisley lining from Lear, Browne and Dunsford (LBD). I would like to thank my good friends John Bell and Patrick Osborne of LBD for kindly giving me the lining. 


David Cook, Joe Holsgrove and Peter Day.

Joe VBC Group Picture BTBA

Joe Holsgrove, John Bell of LBD, Francesco Barberis Canonico of Vitale Barberis Canonico, Simone Ubertino Rosso of Vitale Barberis Canonico and Patrick Osborne of LBD.

Whilst the dinner is the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends, it is always wonderful to be introduced to new ones. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Francesco Barberis Canonico; Creative Director of Vitale Barberis Canonico, a family owned Italian woollen mill. Currently in its 15th generation of ownership, the company have been producing the finest cloths since 1663. I also met Simone Ubertino Rosso, Communication Manager for the company.


Joe and Emily BTBA 2017

Emily Rhodes of Whitcomb and Shaftesbury and Joe Holsgrove.

Table, BTBA 2017

We shared a table with Whitcomb and Shaftesbury, another tailoring house located at 11 Saint George Street.

Hall, BTBA 2017

The Great Hall in all its glory.