A Visit To Tailor Caid
On my last day in Japan, I managed to pay a visit to Tailor Caid in Shibuya, Tokyo. Any fan of menswear owes it to themself to pay this place a visit. Mr Yuhei Yamamoto’s passion for the Ivy style of dress has resulted in this little piece of sartorial splendour. Walk in and it’s like travelling 60 years back in time – Doris Day on the record player, original 1950s and 1960s issues of GQ, Esquire and other menswear magazines and the clothes …
Oh, the clothes! The suits, sportscoats, shirts and trousers are truly something to behold. I spent a very pleasant hour in here talking to Yamamoto-san while he brought out pictures, film stills and magazine articles of Ivy icons one after another – Sinatra, Cary Grant, Anthony Hopkins„ Steve McQueen, excitedly pointed out the various details on the clothing and then brought out virtually identical Tailor Caid-made items. Certain small details – lapel width, notch size might have been changed slightly to cater to modern tastes but aside from that they were identical. These details have been painstaking gleaned from magazine articles, movie stills and books depicting the Ivy style. Even the shirt and jacket labels paid homage to the icons of Ivy – Brooks Brothers and Chipp.
I was thrilled to be asked to try on one of their jackets (the grey piece in the photo) and had I had more time in the country, a commission might have been on the cards. It fit very well and the higher armholes were a very nice touch.
Of course, I had to get a souvenir of my visit and it was to be the tie that I’m wearing in the photo – a classic black silk knit tie that’s thick and with a nice crunch. I will be smiling every time I put it on.
When passion and art meet, something wonderful like Tailor Caid is the result and I am blessed to have been able to spend a little time there with Yamamoto-san. This was my first trip to Japan and certainly will not be the last – a return visit to Tailor Caid will definitely be on the cards.