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WHERE THERE’S A WIL

Source: Wil wears his own bespoke hand-finished cotton drill coat shirt and bespoke business shirt outside his London studio.

Wil Whiting’s background is not what you might expect of a man producing some of the world’s finest bespoke shirts. While it is inevitable that craftsmen, no matter their discipline, are often compared with artists, Whiting invites more parallels with scientists. With degrees in computer science and a C.V. that lists various roles crunching numbers, it’s fair to say he is — perhaps atypically for his craft — a little more leftbrained than his fellow artisans. But that’s not to say it’s to his detriment; quite the opposite, in fact.

Poring over patterns in his studio in Clapham, south London, Whiting starts from the beginning. “My father strongly influenced my interest in tailoring, as he always was strict on presentation, thus requiring me to be smart and

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