A high spot of this year’s high summer was the Summer Party staged by Savile Row Style Magazine. Held at the May Fair Hotel, hard by Berkeley Square, a grand gathering of the tailoring fraternity and the tout monde of Mayfair supped Cattier Champagne and … vodka cocktails, fortified by some delicious canapés from the May Fair’s kitchens.
The occasion, sponsored by Consero, premier property developer, marked a redesign of the magazine and was hosted by new publisher, Stewart Lee of Publications UK. It proved to be a Very Good Party, the tailors turning out in strength and with many of their illustrious customers attending.
A video covering the long history of the Row up to the present day, put together by the magazine’s designer, Hitesh. Chauhan, proved to be a hit, featuring many old photographs and style shots that vied with the champagne for attention. There were displays of bespoke garments on stands as well on the guests.
Celebrated poet, John Cooper Clark, gave an impromptu address. He came hot foot from being one of the star acts at the Glastonbury Festival and revealed his love of bespoke clothes and respect for those who make it.
In a short address, Stewart Lee emphasised his commitment to developing the magazine and maintaining its focus on Savile Row. Editor Marie Scott invited the tailors to work with her to ensure that the Row’s bespoke craftsmanship received the recognition it is due as one of Britain’s treasures.
“Raise a glass both to Savile Row, the place, and Savile Row Style, the magazine,” she invited in conclusion. And they most certainly did.