Unbelragazzo's magical mystery tour through England

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by unbelragazzo, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. Grammaton Cleric

    Grammaton Cleric Senior member

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    Agree with much of the above. Another gushing thread on Steed, A&S, G&G, Richard Anderson, Rubi etc. etc. doesn't hold much utility. We've had enough of those.

    Taking the example of the tailor's den at 11 St. George's (right off Savile Row) - Denman, Jarvis & Hamilton, LG Wilkinson, Byrne & Burke, Stepehen Hitchcock and AJ Hewitt are all located just a few feet from one another. All are reputed to be very skilled, but, other than Hitchcock, have received scant mention on this forum.

    Apart from ETs suggestions, I would also add some firms like Stower's Bespoke (on the Row, and former head cutter at Gieves). M&M also hosts Brian Russell (Fadia Aoun) and Katherine Sargent (another former head cutter of Gieves).

    So just by visiting 2 buildings, you would have had a great opportunity to visit close to 10 top notch tailors that aren't well known within the SF community.
     
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  2. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    How about visiting Edward Sexton, i have always been curious about his more contemporary approach. Wonder what prices he is charging for bespoke?
     
  3. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    agreed
     
  4. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    There's kind of a compromise to be made between content that will appeal more to the median site visitor and what will appeal to the most dedicated thread readers. I will try to balance as best I can. This also means getting new information on old favorites, like a tour of the Steed Cumbria workshop as opposed to just a look from the road or their SR outpost. There is a lot of posting about some of these places, but that means there is a lot of interest in them. Also a proliferation of posts can be hard to glean information from. It's hard to tell someone who is interested in what Steed is all about to just go check out the A&S expat thread, or to tell someone interested in G&G to read that thread.

    I hear you though, and will try to cover some less SFified brands as well.
     
  5. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    One thing you might consider is the practical utility of the information to the most readers. I'd love to read more on the smaller shops, but many of those don't travel. More SFers might benefit from profiles of the tailors that make regular international visits (and I imagine those shops would be the most interested in making time for this enterprise).

    A mix of small and large would be nice.
     
  6. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    This is an excellent point.

    Unbel, looking forward to it!
     
  7. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Add some drama to make things more interesting. Some examples -

    1. Host a roundtable discussion with Terry Haste and Richard Anderson

    2. Order a suit from A&S but ask Karl Mathews to accompany you as your style consultant

    3. Ask David Ward why he changes employers every 2 years?

    Could be fun.
     
  8. Bounder

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    Darren Beaman on Savile Row. Guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your trip.
     
  9. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    W Bill's vault would be fun. Fox Flannels also has an archive that might be neat to look at.
     
  10. ylkim30

    ylkim30 Well-Known Member

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    Looking forward to your report. Have a fun trip.
     
  11. Bounder

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    Oh. In that case, T.M. Lewin and Suit Supply.
     
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    I remember someone mentioning that W Bill's vault isn't what it used to be - just bolts of their current offerings, no vintage stuff any more (still fun to see I imagine), but that Fox still have a proper treasure trove of old cloth.
     
  13. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    I was there in Feb, and they still had all the old-stock goodies. Is the Fox vault in London or Somerset?
     
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    Digmenow Senior member

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    I further suggest that you and Holdfast spend, oh, say, around about an hour or so together.

    [​IMG]

    How would that make you feel?

    :lol:
     
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  15. dieworkwear

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    I think it's in Somerset, but probably best to call to make sure.

    What about some leather goods companies? Like Smythson, Simpson, Tustin, Papworth, Sterling & Burke, SAB, etc? Or maybe shops that have an online web presence, but don't get much attn on SF? Like John Lewis, Cordings, Pakeman, Roderick Charles, or A Hume? Or on the SWD kind of side of things, Trunk Clothiers and Albam?

    Or maybe some of the different mills and cloth merchants in Huddersfield.
     

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