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New Shop off Jermyn Street

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ViroBono, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. ViroBono

    ViroBono Senior Member

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    I was in town today, and on my way out of Jermyn Street I walked up Princes Arcade. There is a splendid shop which has just opened, a branch of one which has been mentioned here before.

    It is Old Hat, run by David Saxby whose original shop is still in Fulham. The shop is full of really excellent stock, from hats to shooting jackets. Perhaps the best things are the waistcoats, which are quite the best I've ever seen. David specialises in Edwardian and Victorian styles, with silk backs, full floating canvas fronts and buttons which can be changed. They really are works of art. There are also some moleskins in stunning colours, cut closely in true English style.

    Well worth a look when in London.
     


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    bengal-stripe Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    I only can second Viro Bono's endorsement of David Saxby. Saxby has been running second hand clothing shops in London and Tokyo: http://www.oldhat-jpn.com/ The stuff sold in Princess Arcade (next to the former Wildsmith shop) are brand new items, made to Saxby's own specifications. Saxby is also a contributor to "The Chap", a tongue-in-cheek publication about old-fashoned values.
     


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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    No way. Saxby actually is connected with Old Hat Japan?. Far out. And when you say former Wildsmith shop, you mean that John's finally closed up?
     


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    Apparently all the good "Old Hat" stuff, particular the small sizes go to Japan. The rest goes to the bottom end of Fulham Road. An area that Saxby has colonized in the last few years. At last count, I believe, he was running four shops, all next to each other.
    Yes, John Wildsmith has hung up his lasts (or is it the Crockett & Jones catalogues) onto a nail in the wall. The shop is empty at present.
     


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