Time Out says
Posted: Tue Nov 30 1999
If you fancy a more avant-garde approach to the morning suit, head to Hostem where modern-minded gents will find labels such as Yang Li, Margaret Howell and Adam Kimmel providing off-the-peg tailoring for special occasions. We’re particularly enamoured with the threads of Casely-Hayford – sharp, contemporary and oozing creative charm. For further inspiration, see the store's own periodical. Each issue is named after a different man (we've already had Sebastian and Hector) and covers fashion, arts and lifestyle. True sartorialists should call in on the bespoke basement, a gloomily-lit menswear bat cave selling one-of-a-kind products made to your exact specification by some of the best artisans (see above). The shopping perfectionist can enjoy a superlative suiting service by the forward-thinking Casely-Hayfords (popular with Michael Fassbender and Robert Downey Jr – from £1,200). Or they could commission a suite of custom luggage by Globe-Trotter (from £750) – which offers a selection of leathers, metal and engraving. Perhaps most captivating are the exquisite, made-from-scratch shoes fashioned by cobbler Sebastian Tarek (from £1,000). He traces his clients’ feet in a handsome cobbler’s notebook (pressed in Stoke Newington), then chisels a last for each foot. To fashion his shoes, Tarek uses Irish thread and leather produced by the only oak-bark tanner left in Britain.
Hostem is number 71 in our list of the 100 best shops in London.