Originally Posted by Geezer
The trends I have seen in 20-odd years as an observer and very minor customer:
- the slow demise of the lesser-known houses (there is now only one proper bespoke tailor on the left side of the Row, - Davies); including through mergers;
- the continuing success of the big names (Poole, Huntsman, A&S);
I think the history of Savile Row is littered with places coming and going and the "big names" now are not necessarily the shops that were "big names" in the past. Places come and go and tailors don't last forever. You can no longer find a suit by Pleydell & Smith or Carr, Son and Woor. You can't find a suit from Hawes & Curtis. And Huntsman, 80 years ago, might have been known for riding breeches but I'm not sure that they held real suit cache pre-Colin Hammick and the 1-button style.
There is something special about longevity and it is hard to achieve. I will be particularly unhappy if Huntsman dies soon, but I'm not sure there is any imminent demise of Savile Row. Even Mayfair rents, which must be the cause of huge problems for the traditional tailoring houses, can reverse direction in a heartbeat.