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These are the off-the-peg suits we want this season

If you're looking to get suited and booted on a whim, step right this way...

From the master tailors of Savile Row, to the glossy windows of Jermyn Street, London has long been considered the ultimate destination for gentleman’s bespoke shirting and suits. Put simply, we do made-to-measure tailoring better than anywhere else in the world (the Japanese for suit is “sabiro” — say it out loud).

However, the occasion will sometimes arise that requires you to find an elegant two-piece, and fast. Whether your stupendously organised wedding rinsed your budget for going bespoke, or a sudden interview for your dream job allows no time for made-to-measure, it is sometimes imperative to opt for a more-dash-than-cash approach to tailoring.

Thankfully, the capital plays host to a handful of quality designers offering off-the-peg suits that not only do the job splendidly, but emit a Savile Row appeal that will challenge even the most discerning sartorial critic. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up five of the best ready-to-wear suits available now.

T.M.Lewin ‘Back To Work’ Collection

The summer’s over, it’s time to get back to business. There’s work to be done, deals to be made and ambitions to fulfil. T.M. Lewin has everything you need to make this your most successful season yet: Merino wool outerwear, sophisticated accessories, and, of course, high-performance suits.

The collection includes the statement-making Dominion and Anderson suits, which offer a characterful take on classic formalwear, with a bold checked pattern. Made from 100% Merino wool, these jackets are breathable, insulating and very, very slick. For a sleeker, tailored silhouette, plus a touch of elastane for added stretch, you’ll not want for attention in T.M. Lewin’s contemporary Springsteen skinny suit.

T.M.Lewin ‘Back To Work’ Collection

T.M.Lewin Back To Work Collection

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Paul Smith The Soho 'A Suit To Travel In'

We are big fans of Paul Smith over here at Gentleman’s Journal. When we aren’t asking the designer to tell us his favourite things about Britain, we’re being inspired by his list of must-have autumn essentials. And of course, we’re coveting his seemingly effortless take on classic, chic tailoring.

And, if you’re looking for the ultimate in everyday office attire, look no further than ‘A Suit To Travel In’. Crafted in Italy and cut in Paul Smith’s signature “Soho” fit – easy fitting through the chest with a tailored waist and hip – this two-piece suit comes complete with matching slim trousers. In Paul’s own words, “This suit is 100% wool, but has a natural crease-resistance – perfect for the man (or woman!) on the go.”

A Suit To Travel In by Paul Smith

Paul Smith The Soho Men's Tailored-Fit Dark Blue Wool 'A Suit To Travel In'

£845

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Richard James Classic Super 160's Hyde Suit

Richard James is a contemporary Savile Row house that pushes the boundaries of menswear through colour, cut and design. With this ‘Super 160’s’ woollen design, the house offers clean, contemporary Richard James lines in a remarkably soft to touch, ultra-fine cloth that works well season-round.

Perfect for the gentleman on the go, the jacket features horn buttons, double vents, two slanted flap pockets, a concealed coin pocket, two inside breast pockets and inside pen and ticket/smartphone pockets. Supplied with unfinished hems, this design offers everything you expect from a Savile Row suit.

These are the off-the-peg suits we want this season

Richard James Classic Super 160's Hyde Suit

£1195

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Hackett Self-Stripe Wool Suit

There are few gentlemen who better embody the quintessential style and eccentricity of London than Jeremy Hackett. The son of a seamstress, Hackett grew up surrounded by fabric swatches and paper patterns, and made his first suit aged seven. His sartorial heritage and natural proficiency saw him rise through fashion’s ranks from selling shirts at a stall on Portobello Road, to later founding his eponymous luxury menswear label.

Today, the legendary designer continues to produce a wealth of exemplary suits to see the modern man through the working week. The subtle vertical stripe and tailored cut of this wool twill suit will lend effortless polish to your Monday morning meetings. Woven in England from the finest wool, the blazer is fully lined in sumptuous satin that’ll glide comfortably over your shirt or waistcoat, while the versatile navy blue hue will prove the perfect partner to a festive-patterned or jewel-hued silk pocket square or tie.

These are the off-the-peg suits we want this season

Hackett Self-Stripe Wool Suit

£575

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Hawes & Curtis 1913 Collection Italian Suit

This exquisite navy and brown windowpane check suit is made from the finest Italian super 130s wool from the Reda mill. The lined, single breasted jacket is designed with a classic notched lapel with two buttons. The elegant double vents enable freedom of movement. Finer details include a felt lining under the collar of the jacket, genuine corozo nut buttons and working button cuffs.

This suit has a tailored silhouette for a modern style that will flatter everyone. Team with a white slim fit formal shirt and patterned silk tie or pocket square for a sharp ensemble. The trousers feature a button fastening and are half-lined to the knee with side and rear pockets.

Hawes & Curtis 1913 Collection Italian Suit

Hackett Navy & Brown Windowpane Check Tailored Fit Italian Suit

£399

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