Tailors can usually either make or cut but not both. To do both means that you can address a client's tailoring needs and then cut to the specifications, rather than pass on problems that arise during a fitting with the way an outfit or suit has been constructed. The ability to both cut and make is rare in one person. Henry's good fortune is to have been trained in these skills and to have spent over 50 years perfecting them.
Most Savile Row tailors have a certain "look" and will not be accommodating when it comes to customers who might want to digress a little from the house style. As far as Henry is concerned, the customer has every right to make suggestions - after all it is his - or indeed her - suit! So, from the very first meeting with each client, Henry discusses style and a pieces function.
This includes conversations with both men and women. Again, Savile Row is often reluctant to tailor for ladies and, when it does, the results can be quite basic - a man's suit with the buttons reversed. Henry makes unique pieces for women. As Stella McCartney's bespoke tailor, he created a large portfolio of designs covering countless styles of suits, evening and dresswear, and overcoats, totaling perhaps 80 or 90 designs which can form a basis for a piece.