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William Field II inherited his Georgetown shop from his father about three years ago. With it came some high expectations. William Field I trained on Savile Row in London and moved to Washington on a dare in 1963, just a few days before the Kennedy assassination. He opened his own shop five years later and quickly became the suitmaker of choice for many local diplomats, politicians, and businessmen. The junior Field didn’t plan to stay in the family business. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1994, he apprenticed at the shop. When he wasn’t sewing, Field was screaming out lyrics with the Oi! band Spitfires United. But genes triumphed over rock-star dreams. Fields took over from his father in 2005. He appears to have lived up to the old man’s reputation; on Saturday mornings, the shop fills up with lounging men in loafers, patiently waiting to be measured. Field has devoted customers across the country—Colorado, New York, even California. Although the shop takes in alteration work, Field dedicates his time to starting from scratch. His bespoke suits (starting at about $2,500) feature classic English styling, with minimal padding in the shoulders, tapered sleeves, and an hourglass silhouette that gives even potato-bodied men the illusion of having a waist. He also makes other staples of the gentleman’s closet: shooting coats, plus-fours, and hacking jackets.