My new suit feels so comfortable I'd happily wear it to bed. By using softer fabrics (the flannel I chose feels like newborn kitten) and lighter linings, Adrian Holdsworth, founder of Italian tailoring specialist Volpe, has knocked the stuffiness out of the three-piece suit. This is tailoring so lithe, delicate and sensual, it's almost perverse. I can't stop touching it. I feel as though I have never worked a day in my life, and nor will I ever have to. And yet it has the flattering shape, flowing contours and sculptural drama of heavier tailoring. I appear taller and buffer than I actually am. Top tip: if you're skinny, a double-breasted jacket acts like a push-up bra. Volpe opened in 1999, and is a word-of-mouth business offering exceptional quality at a fair price. It's simple: Adrian measures you, offers advice, helps you choose from a selection of beautiful Italian cloths and sends it all to Caruso, a workshop in northern Italy. The handmade suit comes back, gets tweaked a little in-house, and you walk out sexier, cooler and more stylish than when you walked in.
The measure: Although the most expensive option here, Volpe has one of the best price-to-quality ratios of any high-end menswear shop in London.
Cost: From £1,000 (mine was £1,850)
Turnaround time: About five weeks
How to book: Pop into the shop or phone (7821 0002)
Denbigh St, SW1V 2ER. Tube: Pimlico.
By Alfred Tong