She Bespoke feat. Amber Doyle

April 17th, 2013

A bespoke suit is one of the sexiest garments a person can own – man or woman.

Amber Doyle, designer and co-founder of Against Nature and Doyle Mueser, proves this point by looking stunning in some bespoke menswear.

“My mother taught me how to sew, just like her grandmother taught her, so I started designed my own clothes from a young age. I moved from the suburbs of Chicago to attend the Fashion Institute in NYC and, around that time, my friend Jake Mueser and I began designing suits and accessories for ourselves and our friends. In 2009 Jake and I, along with jewelry designer Ryan Matthew and denim tailor Simon Jacobs, opened Against Nature… The following year Jake and I opened our own shop, Doyle Mueser.’

Amber is a student of the game who loves tailored menswear and wears a bespoke suit almost every day. Here’s three of her favorites.

1. Double Breasted

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“This suit was inspired by Victorian cutaway coats and the oversized peak lapels of the 1940s…

It’s a black/white wool nailhead, 2×1 with a shallow overlap, and the buttons are made of steel with little swords and shields on them.”

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“The blouse is also my own design, it’s made from emerald green pounded silk charmeuse.”

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“My favorite thing about these menswear-inspired shoes is the brogue detailing – they’re little stars.”

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  • Charcol Suit by Against Nature Bespoke ·
  • Emerald green silk blouse by Against Nature ·
  • Black silk tassel earrings handmade by Amber Doyle ·
  • Silver Victorian Skull Ring by Ryan Matthew ·
  • Gold ID bracelet by Ryan Matthew ·
  • Silver & black stone ring – family heirloom ·
  • Black Wingtip brogue heel boots by Victor & Rolf

2. Personal Flare

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“This suit is inspired by Katherine Hepburn and Howard Hughes, the pleated wide-leg pants give it a real lounge feel.”

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“The fabric is a really unique zig-zag pattern by Dashing Tweeds; a small fabric house in London known for making wild and unusual suiting cloth.”

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“The blouse is vintage Yves Saint Laurent, made of black silk charmeuse…

The gold and black snake necklace is also vintage, from the 1930s,”

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  • Deep Purple Suit with Tails by Against Nature Bespoke ·
  • Black silk blouse vintage YSL ·
  • Black silk tassel earrings handmade by Amber Doyle ·
  • Silver Victorian Skull Ring by Ryan Matthew ·
  • Gold ID bracelet by Ryan Matthew ·
  • Silver & black stone ring – family heirloom ·
  • Vintage snake necklace from the 1930s ·
  • Wingtip brogue heel boots by Victor & Rolf

3. 70’s Swank

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“The third outfit makes me think of New York in the 1970’s – something Jimi Hendrix would have worn, maybe. It’s a little Biba’s Rainbow Room, a little Studio 54…

Plush Bordeaux cotton velvet with leather knotted buttons.”

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“As for the jewelry, the black silk tassel earrings are my own design, an ode to Catherine Baba, one of my style icons.

I’m also wearing a skull ring by Ryan Matthew and a silver/black stone ring that’s a family heirloom (it was a gift from my grandfather to my grandmother on a family vacation in the 1950’s…it’s so precious to me, I refuse to take it off).”

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I hope this post will not only inspire our female readers to explore tailored menswear, but also our male readers to draw inspiration from stylish women.

After all, fashion is a women’s game and on their side there is far less “fear” and “restriction”. For example, Amber takes her color stories, pattern mixing, and texture combos to another level.

Watch and learn.

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  • Burgundy velvet suit by Against Nature Bespoke ·
  • Silk print blouse by Against Nature ·
  • Black silk tassel earrings handmade by Amber Doyle ·
  • Silver Victorian Skull Ring by Ryan Matthew ·
  • Gold ID bracelet by Ryan Matthew ·
  • Wingtip brogue heel boots by Victor & Rolf

 

Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Amber for participating.

 

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford