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New in this Springtime update... Interviews with some of the tailors...revealing their long years of training ... and the experience that goes into making a true Savile Row tailor. More will be added in the Summer edition. Go to the Companions page
Row's young star backs moves to widen appeal WITH READY-TO-WEAR



WHERE the ladies lead, the men usually follow - and the 1940s was one of the themes at the recent London Fashion Week showing women's styles for this Autumn, and the '40s is also being talked about on the music scene.

We forecast a '40s influence to come in our previous online edition. Well, actually, we reported that top cloth house, Hield, told us that they were backing a 1940s revival in cloth colourings and patterns, which was reflected in their collection for Autumn 2006, so they were on the button..

So far, tailors are not noticing any moves by their customers to follow this 40s trend but give it time. Men's style evolves rather than changes dramatically and Savile Row's restrained elegance means that changes are even more gradual. But we've had a lean line for some time now, so the fuller, more draped styling of the 1940s is due for a revival.


That will mean slightly wider shoulders and lapels, some double breasteds, and trousers with top pleats that give a softer line. It's a good reason to order a new suit.



Mr Blair
That's not the way to wear
Your waistcoat.
OUR Leader is but one of many who should know better who dons formal wear and commits the cardinal sin of showing inches of vest protruding below the bottom of the jacket. It really is an easy mistake to spot, even for a novice at formal occasions - which is hardly the case with Mr Blair - given that it completely spoils the look of the outfit, an untidy strip of white breaking the line of the black suit.
It is understandable perhaps for ordinary chaps, who hire an outfit for the odd tails do, to be unwilling to shell out the not inconsiderable sum required for a bespoke evening suit, where the ill-fitting vest problem would not arise. But for our Prime Minister, not short of a bob or two, we would suggest a set of tails made by a Savile Row tailor will ensure that in future he is elegantly representing one of Britain's leading craft centres, as well as showing he knows the style rules. We did, after all, invent them.

Meanwhile, his Chancellor resolutely refuses to acknowledge any dress convention by turning up at grand occasions in his lounge suit. Alas, when all other guests have taken pains and dressed according to the invitation, he is simply showing that he not only lacks style but manners too.

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:: What's In Savile Row Style ? ::

IN STYLE - 'Forties Style to Come? - 200th Anniversary - Don't blame doctors' ties.

CLOTH - Some suiting and jacketing samples - the need for giving

GROOMING - Natural way to shave - old firm's new grooming

CARS - Tops down for Springtime - Bentley back in Berkeley Square

DRINKS/CLUBS- Going to the Shed - Spruced up old favourite

YACHTS/AIRCRAFT - Swell business for luxury - Sailing syndicate opportunity

GIFTS - Reminders of past pastimes - Smaller and smaller gizmos

TRAVEL - To the Antartic in style - Dubai 's latest culinary attraction

BOOKS/FILMS - John Taylor's memoirs - A violent perspective

COMPANIONS OF SAVILE ROW - the tailors and interviews

:: Changes in the ranks ::

BUILDERS are at work once again in the Row. As a result, one of the legendary names, Anderson & Sheppard, has moved out, round the corner into New Burlington Street. Tobias, formerly situated in the same block as A & S, is now to be found online at jdavis@tobias-davis.co.uk. Anthony Hewitt, on the opposite side, at number 9,has sublet the front of shop, retaining workrooms at the back. And in has come 'newcomer' Darren Beaman, long apprenticed in the Row and now with his own premises at number 12. Johns & Pegg and Wells customers are now catered for within the Davies & Son premises at 38, also shared by legendary old tailor Ron Pescod of Adeney & Boutroy.

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