Saint Laurie Merchant Tailors custom makes the traditional knee-length coats of the 19th Century including morning coats, tail coats and frock coats. All of these coats have fiddle backs and two pleats on each side of the vent as shown on the left. Pictured also at left in the lobby our workroom is a full dress suit (a/k/a tails) we recently made. (Through the window you see one of our cutters at work!)
Pictured below is Byron Jennings in a frock coat as Antonio custom made by Saint Laurie for the recent Broadway blockbuster production of “The Merchant of Venice.”
While all these models may seem anachronistic and a bit quaint, they are still actually worn outside the theater. For example, a quick trip over the Williamsburgh Bridge to the vicinity of Lee Avenue will reveal commonplace scenes of Hasidic Jews wearing traditional frock coats.
Morning coats are still regularly worn in England for weddings and we have made several for English grooms. Tails, or white tie, are to be worn for weddings beginning after 6 pm or when the bride’s dress has a full train. Of course, you can also wear white tie for a fancy dinner or any occasion in which you want to feel a little like Fred Astaire.
Saint Laurie can custom make any of these historically accurate dress suits to your measurements.
That's the Saint Laurie way!