Not quite perfect fit . . . team's suits need a tweak
A STITCH in time has saved the Irish team from a wardrobe malfunction as they get suited and booted ahead of Euro 2012.
Well-known company Express Alterations was called in for some last-minute tweaks to the designer suits which will form the official wardrobe in Poland next month.
Tailoring company Chess London was chosen to kit out the team in suits and other clothes for the duration of the tournament.
Midfielder Keith Andrews is a partner in the label where "classic British tailoring meets functional daywear".
The team was measured in London four months ago for the suits which were then made by the designer tailors.
However, some last-minute alterations had to be made to the 50 suits by Express on Dublin's Middle Abbey Street over the last week.
Chess London contacted tailor Peter Sheary in Dublin's Clarendon Street looking for a good alterations company when a fitting revealed some of the suits were less than a perfect fit.
The FAI's decision to employ what is essentially a British label to dress the squad was met with some criticism as to why an Irish firm was not chosen.
This was further fuelled by news this week that the suits had required alterations.
However, Jeff Cronin of Express Alterations said tweaks to tailor-made suits were perfectly normal.
"It is not unusual for tailored suits to need alterations. Usually, it would take three or four fittings to get a suit to fit perfectly," he said.
"We have worked flat out to get the 50 suits ready but they were just minor tweaks -- obviously the younger lads prefer a tighter fit while the more experienced players prefer a more classic cut. Robbie Keane was the only player who didn't request any alterations at all."
A spokesman for Chess London said: "Even Savile Row suits would require alterations, you would never get a suit to fit perfectly after one fitting.
"The only reason we chose a reputable Irish alterations company was so the suits would not have to be shipped to Ireland and then back to the UK for alterations. There is nothing unusual in this."
Express Alterations has altered the garments of some very high-profile clients over the years including Bressie, Christina Aguilera and the Irish Olympic Team.