After watching a program last night on BBC 4 – I want a Savile Row suit even more than I did before. The sheer workmanship, style and unprecedented quality is a huge draw to me personally.
The program was about how Savile Row is sadly loosing money due to a lack of new money in the row – you would think there tailors would be rolling in cash but in truth they are as broke as you and me. Having said that I have no idea why, they don’t advertise and yet they are the only businesses in the world who have to turn away customers because their order book is to full.
For instance Henry Poole & Co – the inventor of the tuxedo and tailor for Tsar Alexander II and III and the Royal Families from pretty much all over the world. Makes amazing clothes – they were making a dinner jacket for the designer of the Aston Martin DB9 (an amazing car) but also an amazing dinner jacket. He has the same predicament as me – being to tall and slim for off the peg fittings.
Norton & Sons also attracted me with their use of British materials which I find highly respectable in modern society – including the best tweed from the borders of Scotland. Personally I usually find tweed a bit aristocracy based but this company has shown new light on the material and I want a casual jacket from them.
I think everyone should order a suit from the row – they are amazing and you get to look like James Bond. Plus its preserving craftsmanship something which I will defend to the hills.