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Savile Row tailor fears overseas threat to rich tapestry of tradition

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When looking at old paintings, before rtw, I don't see the poor or middle-class naked with the wealthy wearing clothes, therefore, tailors made for the lower classes, too. Do you think SR tailors would rather be snobby and fail than make for the poorer classes again? Tailors of the past made popular clothes sometimes having several doors to keep the peer groups separate. This can be done again.


SR or the equivalent in other countries never made clothing for the poorer classes.
Many of the poor wore castoff clothing originally made for the middle and upper classes.
This practice persists today. Much used clothing of the type found at Goodwil, etc is eventually
exported to the "Third World", especially Africa.

Among European peasantry and in the early frontier or back country in what became the US
"homespun" clothing was often worn. This cloth and clothing was made locally usually by
women for their families.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/homespun
 
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SR or the equivalent in other countries never made clothing for the poorer classes.

SR tailors may have not, but there were plenty of "off the Row" tailors in London who offered tailoring services to those who wanted or needed suits but who could not afford the prices charged by tailors on the Row.

Let's not forget that most men would only have one suit at a time so it's not as though people were commissioning multiple suits at a time, either.
 

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Any clients of Westmancott here? Not exactly Savile Row, but not far away, either.
 

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Tailoring didn't begin on SR. It began hundreds of year earlier. And tailors who lived in small towns all across Europe made whatever it took to stay in business. If you wanted to be a specialist they could go to the big city and work their way into that if they are good enough. Still, the first rule of business is to stay in business. Swallow ones pride when one needs to.
 

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