Peaky Blinders has captured the imaginations of millions for its gritty representation of a post-war Britain where crime and criminal gangland activity is rife. For us here at A Hand Tailored Suit, it has captured our imagination for its constant portrayal of ultimate bespoke formal attire. This is, if such a thing exists, classy crime conducted in the sharpest of two and three and piece suits. The main character Tommy Shelby is played by our very own Cillian Murphy and is dressed dangerously dapper in every episode.
Tweed, peaked-caps and cravats are the order of the day in Peaky Blinders. People roam the streets effortlessly bespoke wearing formal attire as casual clothing. But Tommy Shelby strives for more. Scorned by circumstance, he lives to move his tightly knit family up in the world by any means necessary. Tightly knit is a telling in phrase in that tweed is the dominant fabric on display in the series. This prevalence is due to the two main functions of tweed – it is functional and durable. In terms of functionality tweed can be made into any garment such as blazers, trousers and overcoats and its thickness provides a layer of heat to combat the cold British climate. In terms of durability, tweed is a hard wearing and almost rough fabric that does not tear or rip easily thus prolonging the life of the garment.
Shelby’s sartorial style encompasses his devious deeds. Layers of garments in his layered looks disguise a plethora of nefarious necessities for the post-war grafting gangster. While nowadays bespoke formal attire can be a home for the modern man’s smartphone and tablets with bigger trouser and breast pockets to accommodate for them, this echoes the sentiment of the functional garment through the ages that not only looks great but works great too. As a symbol of status, Shelby accentuates his attire with shimmering golden chains, pocket watches, rings, cufflinks and the occasional firearm.
To look as sharp as Shelby without looking as shifty; A Hand Tailored Suit is your first port of call. From anything you see worn on Shelby or on ‘Peaky Blinders’ or from any picture or any idea from your imagination; our tailors and tailors will make it a distinct bespoke reality, contact us today by clicking here for your free initial consultation.