I first met Terry Haste when he was a tailor at Hackett. I used to live in Fulham and when the shop was in Parsons Green, I knew Jeremy [Hackett] and his partner Ashley [Lloyd-Jennings] well, and bought second-hand shirts and first world war officers’ boots from them. I loved all that stuff. Then they got rather grand and went to Sloane Street: Jeremy set up a full tailoring operation – and Terry was ‘the man’. I had my first pieces made by him in about 1992 and we hit it off immediately; since then I have followed him wherever he has gone. After Hackett, he went to Huntsman – where he was head cutter/managing director – and then a few years ago he opened his own business with John Kent and Stephen Lachter. They now have the royal warrant for the Duke of Edinburgh. Terry’s a great character – we have a laugh and he’s very good at what he does.
Terry comes down to Goodwood when I need him to and I also see him in London. He knows how I want things done, what’s good for me and, like me, he is a perfectionist and will persist until he’s got things right. He also understands the importance of detail: for example, I like to have the jettings of my jacket inbreast pockets in a contrasting colour to the rest of the lining – a little touch that only I will see.
Recently, Terry has put me onto this wonderful lightweight fabric called Panama. I especially like it in this colour [first picture], which is a wonderful royal blue, so had it made in the three-button, single-breasted style that Terry has been making for me since I first met him, the lapel width of which has remained unchanged for over 20 years: a rather narrow two-and-a-half inches. I am so fond of this cloth that he’s now making me a double-breasted suit in the same fabric.
Terry also understands my love of old fabrics and has made me some wonderful suits for the Revival [the vintage car racing festival held at Goodwood every September]; I have got a spectacularly spiffy brown chalkstripe and all sorts of old tweeds. For summer, he makes me linen suits, which are of course what Goodwood’s race meeting is famous for.
One year Edward VII turned up in a white top hat, and so the next year everyone turned up wearing white top hats, but that year he turned up in a white linen suit and a Panama hat. From then on, Goodwood was much more relaxed. Terry has been creative in making me garments that capture that sort of spirit: one of my favourites is a slightly weird, very short black evening jacket; it’s sort of Scottish, but really he made it up. I wear it with a yellow waistcoat, collarless shirt and trousers in the Gordon hunting tartan, so it’s quite casual, but at the same time a rather formal-looking evening outfit.
Of course, the great thing about having suits made by a tailor is that if you choose well in terms of fabric and cut, then look after them well, they will last forever. I am a little hard on my linen suits, but everything else Terry has made seems indestructible. I still have the first suit he made for me – it was double-breasted in a grey Prince of Wales check, and I’m very pleased that my son is now wearing it.
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