He actually wrote to the Times to clarify his remarks - see this thread
at Ask Andy's:
Originally Posted by medwards
From the letters to the Sunday Times:
No offence: While it might have made for a provocative cover story, John Arlidge’s article “Armani attacks Savile Row” (Business, last week) significantly misinterpreted my remarks about Savile Row.
I have the greatest respect for Savile Row, which for two centuries has been a pinnacle of excellence for men’s tailoring.
My intention is to create a different kind of excellence, that reflects my personal aesthetic of bringing the traditional and the modern together, building on the best of both, while respecting the craft that Savile Row has for so long made its own.
I was surprised by the way John Arlidge portrayed my point of view as he has interviewed me on many occasions and knows me and my philosophy well.
First, what was said about Savile Row was provoked by Arlidge himself. When I spoke of it being like a “commedia”, it was meant in a nostalgic theatrical sense in that its heritage and notoriety are linked to the past. That was my meaning. No offence intended.
I much regret that my remarks were misunderstood and presented in such a way as to make it seem that I was attacking Savile Row, which I have no wish to do. There is plenty of room for us both.