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Sartoria Elegante! Stylish Tailoring By Hawkes

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When Phil Harris was set to marry his fiancé Emily, he needed suits for himself and his father-in-law. He had heard great things about Hawkes in Morgan Arcade, Cardiff, and decided to pay owner Russell Scott-Lawson a visit. The rest is history.

replace large photo on left hadn pageHow long have you been together?
Emily and I have been together for almost ten years.

How did you propose?
We went on a holiday to California two years ago and I proposed on a pier at sunrise. We were jet- lagged, so went for a jog early in the morning. This is when I popped the question.

When was the big day?
Our wedding was on the 6th of May 2018.

Where did you get married?
We got married in Tuscany in a small town called Gambassi.

How did you hear about Hawkes?
I lived in Cardiff so have walked passed it a few times. Hawkes was also recommended to me by a friend.

Did you go anywhere else first?
I went to have a suit fitted in London but decided it was too far to commute for fittings.

Why did you choose Hawkes?
He was based in Cardiff, so it was more convenient for me to go in for regular fittings. Russell was great!

Are you a customer of Hawkes?
I have only ever bought my wedding suit from Hawkes but will definitely go there again after the service I received.

What did Russell supply to you?
He supplied me with a 3-piece Without Predjudice suit that he tailored to my size, making it a nice slim fit. My father-in-law chose to have a suit made by Russell with a very unique reverse peak collar. The collar had to be made locally and he was thrilled with the result. His experience with Russell and Hawkes was the same as mine, and he was equally thrilled with how everything turned out.

Describe your suit…
It is a blue suit with a blue chequered waistcoat. The suit itself is a solid colour with no patterns. I would say it was slim fitting, but I am not a skinny guy so, to the average eye, it would just look like a well-fitted suit. In fact, I have always been convinced that suits tend to look better on skinny guys. Suits don’t tend to hang off my frame very well as I have done some weight training over the years.

However, I was thrilled with how it turned out and felt it is the first suit I have ever worn that has suited my frame.

How long did they take to make?
The suit was available immediately and, after a few tweaks, was ready to pick up in a few weeks.

Were you pleased with the service offered to you?
Thoroughly. I felt that Russell cared about giving me the best product he could. He was always there to meet me and dealt with me personally, which I appreciated.

How did the suits look on the big day?
The suits looked fab on the day. I had many comments about how well fitted they were.

Would you recommend Hawkes to others?
Yes absolutely. I feel the service I got there was five stars, and the suits were perfect. The quality and fit are so good that I can see me wearing mine for many years to come.

Where did you go on honeymoon?
We stayed in Italy and travelled down the coast. It was lovely.

Hawkes Essentials
37 – 39 Morgan Arcade
Cardiff, CF10 1AF
029 2037 3780

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