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Tusting, What Sets Them Apart Posted on 7 Apr 15:45

Sterling & Burke is proud to carry the full range of beautifully crafted Tusting Leather Goods. We invite you to learn a bit more about this heritage brand and what sets their authentic British goods apart from the rest.



Tusting is a family company – not just in name, but in practice, too. The business is run by members of the Tusting family, and today they are just as passionate about their premium leather goods as their ancestors were about theirs. Purchasing a Tusting bag means you are part of the family – you’ll enjoy personal customer care, now and in the future.


tusting leather goods



Unlike most brands, Tusting bags are designed and manufactured from start to finish in their own factory. Tusting's knowledge and pride is invested in every step, from choosing the hide to the final polish. Their bags are made in Britain and always will be. Simple.


Tusting leather goods craft



Every one of their hand-crafted items comes complete with the Tusting promise: they will help care for your purchase for years to come. If prolonged wear and tear leaves your bag in need of repairs, you benefit from both Tusting and Sterling & Burke's dedicated, personal customer service.


Tusting Leather Goods Briefcase



Tusting's timeless leather bags and accessories are designed to delight for years, signature pieces that become more beautiful as you use them. Genuine leather is a highly sustainable material, and Tusting sources their premium quality hides from cattle raised for beef. This decision supports a minimum-waste policy, and diverts these beautiful hides away from landfill. Favoring tanning methods that use traditional, vegetable dyes, when they do choose leather that has been treated with modern tanning methods, they adhere to the highest quality and environmental standards.


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Making of a Budd Bespoke Shirt Posted on 7 Apr 15:45

A shirt maker has to create a garment which follows the customer’s exact measurements so that the shirt sits against the skin and follows every contour of the body. Budd Shirtmakers are one of the last remaining Mayfair establishments that can boast having its own working cutting room on site. The three cutters followed traditional apprenticeships into the trade and between them have over eighty years of experience.  The technique and tools they apply to their craft today remain unchanged whilst the experience, knowledge and fluidity continues to exceed expectations.

budd cutting table shirts

For those taking their first steps into the bespoke world we encourage you to visit with a cutter during one of their visits the the US. They will guide you through the process and advise you at each step. A proper taking down of measurements is required with over 20 measurements being made as well as looking at the way you stand, your build and the whole configuration of the shirt.

budd shirts cutting

Once you have undergone your examination and all choices have been made you bid farewell to your cutter, a paper pattern is made and a sample shirt is cut in their London shop. The sample shirt is sent 70 miles away to their workshop in Andover where it is sewn together by expert seamstresses. The shirt is then washed and then sent back to Picadilly.

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budd shirtmakers sewers

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If you're partial to a bit of personalization, hand stitched monogramming is also available. On the left breast is highly recommended, on the hip is the 'Continental Way' or even on the cuff as many Americans prefer.

hand finished shirts budd

We advise you to take your sample shirt with you and wash it and wear it a few times. If any alterations need to be made a new sample shirt will be made and the process repeats itself. If not and everything is good to go we will give the go ahead to complete your order.

For your first bespoke order there is a minimum order of four shirts starting from £215 each.

If you would like to explore my products by Budd, please click here.


Tube Etiquette Posted on 2 Dec 10:48

There are many silent rules be known to a local Londoner that tourists find hard to fathom. During my last trip to London I was witness to tube etiquette first hand and so asked my local LONDON team for insight into the discreet yet fundamental rules of the underground. 


Here they are: 

  1. Don’t look anybody in the eye. If you do they will think you are a serial killer.
  2. Don’t smile. If you do they will think you are a sociopath.
  3. Don’t talk to anyone under any circumstance.
  4. If you feel ill do not pull the red emergency handle but quietly wait until the next stop before tumbling off train and vomiting silently into a paper bag. 
  5. If you are lucky enough to have a seat you must look up if new people enter a carriage and check to see if they are in a greater need of that said lucky seat. (Elderly, infirm, pregnant, child) Then offer your seat graciously and discreetly (nobody likes a hero). If your offer is refused then say you are “getting off at the next stop and apologize profusely” even if this is untrue and get up immediately. Be sure to mumble and look at your shoes in case someone thinks you are a sociopath. 
  6. Don’t lean on the doors it causes delays.
  7. Stand to right of the escalator.
  8. If you stand on the left you will get pushed up to the top with no consideration whatsoever of your own personal stamina.
  9. If you have a contactless bank card you need to use this by tapping on the yellow circle at the gate - make sure you tap in and out with the same card or you get over charged. 
  10. Have said card out and ready to tap at the gate or you will hear a lot of discreet “tutting” from angry commuters behind you. 
  11. There will be delays. They enjoy communicating these delays on a regular basis. After they list these delays (all but three lines are not mentioned) they cheerily add at the end “all other underground lines are offering a good service” 


A Guide to Dressing for Black Tie Posted on 7 Nov 14:15

As winter approaches and festivities are around the corner, the party invites will start to arrive, and many will require a dress code. If you’re heading to a black tie event this year then it is time to start thinking about your outfit – and you’re in luck, as Sterling & Burke turn to Budd for their expert advice.

Budd produces a striking array of fine quality pieces which will have you turning heads. Below is a guide to all of the elements you may require for the perfect black tie evening wear.


Firstly, you need to start with a dress shirt. A classic Marcella dress shirt is a perfect choice, in either plain or pleated - depending on your personal preference. White is a staple colour, but Budd also stocks a cream alternative in cotton or luxurious silk for a vintage impression. Marcella is usually stocked in a variety of collars; however, wing collars tend to be for white tie.

marcella black tie shirt

If you’re looking to add some individuality, then you may want to select some flamboyant dress studs and cufflinks available in sterling silver and cloisonne enamel, mother of pearl or precious stones.

Traditionally your tuxedo will consist of a black or deep blue dinner jacket with silk lapels and matching trousers. You may also opt for a smoking jacket in silk or velvet – but stick to rich, dark hues for this time of year. Pair your suit with black socks and dress shoes. Perhaps consider a shoeshine beforehand to ensure you look polished from head to toe.

Black tie requires a silk bow tie – in modern-day, many will don a colorful or patterned bow – however, it’s called ‘black tie’ for a reason. A Barathea will sit wonderfully with a Marcella dress shirt, it’s then your decision whether you purchase a self-tie or ready made.

black bow tieDon’t forget the accessories. Cummerbunds and braces are optional but are added detail guaranteed to smarten your look. Finally, add a pocket square – typically white, to complete the outfit.


black tie accessories

Get Your Downton On Posted on 18 Sep 11:41

To truly immerse yourself in to the world of Downton Abbey, proper dress code is required. The standard dinner code is white tie, precisely tailored.


If you are in the United States, looking for white tie dress, your options may be slim to none. For that matter, sophisticated and proper black tie may be almost as difficult to come by. Enter Sterling & Burke, your premier destination for Budd's formalwear. Refined and revered for over 100 years, they are the go to for black and white tie formal attire.


budd black tie

We personally appreciate the black or white tie code, there is no question or ambiguity. Shopping with Sterling & Burke you'll look your best and be able to wear these items for years to come. 


The traditional evening suit (black or dark blue with silk lapel facings and silk braid down the trouser leg), white dress shirt, plain oxford shoes (often patent leather) and black silk bow tie (preferably self-tied rather than pre-tied) is the default. However, there is room for adding color.

Now, with our growing selection of Budd formalwear, Sterling & Burke will be able to properly outfit you for your next black or white tie event. A personally selected package including shirting and the best accessories of your choosing, cufflinks & studs, bow ties, braces, silk scarves, and socks. A visiting tailor may even be of assistance with the suiting.


Evening shirts can be kept simple; Budd's tailored marcella shirt is a favorite, but you may prefer a pleated front.

budd marcella black tie shirt


You can add personality and interest with color, an excellent selection of sockspocket squares and cufflinks.

Shop Budd's Black Tie and Formalwear here.

Ghurka Leather Goods Posted on 1 Nov 16:25

We have had the pleasure of selling Ghurka leather goods for some time now, and enjoy the history and craftsmanship that the brand provides. 


It's hard to miss with a Ghurka leather business accessory - a classic Docket No 7 Portfolio or Examiner business bag, the same style your father carried, that breaks in with grace; or a completely updated profile, suited to a new generation. 

ghurka docket portfolio

When it comes to travel - weekends away or daily trips to the gym, the Cavalier II is the bag you want to carry. Versatile and can really take a beating, while only looking better for it. The brass hardware keeps the look updated with a classic silhouette. 

luxury leather duffle

Don't forget the No 101 Classic Wallet to round out your collection. A billfold built for everyday use, in a wide variety of classic and contemporary seasonal colors.

classic leather mens wallet



Since their founding, Ghurka has set out to manufacture the highest handcrafted leather goods available. This has always begun with using only the finest hides in the world. While there are endless varieties of leather available, only a handful pass the rigorous selection process required to bear the Ghurka medallion. Likewise, signature solid brass hardware and trademark stitching process ensure that their bags deliver an unparalleled owner experience and lifetime of use.

European Travel Notes Collection Posted on 12 Jul 15:41

A special customer wanted a special gift. A notebook for each country where he and his girlfriend intended to travel. 


Our team personalized each book with a country or city, as requested and a travel log for additional travel notes together.


Pocket sized leather notebooks are a wonderful way to keep a written record of your adventures abroad. Keep on your bookshelf, desk drawer, bedside, or siply a keepsake for years to come. 


It's wonderful to see how creative our customers can be. We are always here to help with the creative process as well!


leather travel noes books labeled country and travel log

The History of the Bow Tie Posted on 7 Jun 14:44

It is said that the bow tie originated during the 17th century during the Prussian war where Croatian mercenaries used a scarf to hold their shirt together around their neck. This style was then adopted by the French, that they called 'Cravats' (from the word Croat), by the French Upper Class. The fashion then flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries.



There is a historical gap between whether the cravat evolved into the bow tie, or into the neck tie and then in turn the bow tie. However, the traditional bow tie is sized and of a fixed length although adjustable and ready made styles are also widely available but less formal.


types of bow tie:

- Batwing

- Thistle

- Single-ended


top tips:

1. When wearing a wing collar, if you want to look smarter than the average Joe, go for a batwing collar. This style that originated in the 1930s will give you that extra touch of class.

2. When dressing for White Tie, where a detachable wing collar is required, it is advised that you wear a sized, self tie bow tie for a more polished look as you cannot see the clip if you were to wear a ready made or adjustable bow tie.

3. Always tie your bow tie yourself, a self tied bow tie looks so much smarter than a ready made, and if you can't it's a skill that all well dressed gentlemen should have. Check out our 'How to tie a bow tie' video below if you need a helping hand.

4. And finally, have fun with them! Bow ties are a great way to add colour and flair to any day to day outfit.





Premier Custom & Bespoke Shirt Service in Washington DC Posted on 29 May 12:55

Sterling & Burke is making a name for itself as the premier destination for custom and bespoke shirts in Washington DC. Men's dress shirts continue to be the focus, however, new options are now available including more casual linen and chambray in addition to women's bespoke! We are thrilled to offer women this service as well.


This coming Friday and Saturday, June 1& 2 we again welcome Darren Tiernan and James Macauslan from Budd Shirtmakers, taking Bespoke appointments in their permanent showroom space at Sterling & Burke in Georgetown, Washington, DC.


Please reach out to us directly to schedule an appointment or stop in to preview the offering and shop the entire accessory collection. 


We look forward to seeing you!

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Graduation Gifts Posted on 22 May 15:09

We are not shy to declare we specialize in business accessories and gifting. One lifetime milestone where this specialty particularly resonates is graduation time. In Georgetown, we enjoy being adjacent to two incredible universities - Georgetown University and George Washington University. 


These Universities have sophisticated undergraduates and graduate students alike. 


Keepsake items such as fountain pens, original art of DC and Georgetown, University desk boxes, and logo items such as needlepoint belts and wallets are very special indeed.


If you are looking for something more practical as the student enters the work force or goes on to the next adventure, we have you covered as well with briefcases, portfolios, wallets, travel bags, leather notebooks and more.


Don't forget, almost any item we carry can be personalized, feel free to get creative!