I don't remember who, but somebody chimed in that the owners behind Whitcomb & Shaftesbury were Indian. To me, the underlying innuendo was that because they were Indian, they couldn't come up with a comparable suit as somebody with lighter skin.
Yes, Hindoos can't do anything well. Â That must have been what I meant when I made fun of Whitcomb and Shaftesbury. Â It must have to do with their dusky complexion. Â And the cloth always smells like curry. Â And are those betel nut stains? Christian, in all fairness I had trousers made at Kachins, one of the best tailors in India, and while they're nice, particularly at the price, they're nowhere near Savile Row in quality. Â Mind you, this is just my opinion w/r/t these trousers, on which at least one reverse pleat is just a tad dodgy and the butt snugger than the trousers I had copied... I can't say I have a thing against Indians, either. Â I mean, as a teenager I had run-ins with my parents, but you know, we grow, right? This is not to say that Indians cannot make good tailors -- I think the tailors were quite good. Maybe I should have gone back for a fitting, though my schedule was tight. Given that there's a kaleidoscope of people making suits for Savile Row, from some Greek tailors working for Darren and for Mahon on Kingly Street (yes, see Englishcut), to the Hungarian Stanbury brothers who re-invigorated Kilgour years ago, to Trinidadian Andrew Ramroop at Maurice Sedwell, to Asians, whites, and in all likelihood people of many, many other origins, one cannot be racist about British tailoring. Nationalist? It would no doubt be idiotic to argue that a gifted tailor of Asian descent -- as I imagine there are -- becomes a shear-wielding maniac once he returns to India. I think others have made the other points I'd make in a clear and thoughtful fashion so I'll stop now.