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By Robin Dutt

The Leather Biker Jacket has proved not a trend item but a style staple.  Skin up and be brave enough to mix it with a pinstripe suit but wear only the waistcoat and trousers.  The two very different provenances work a curiously effective magic.  If you stretched to a Balmain example from last season you don’t need to read this.  That was a forever piece.  Immaculate.  But there is still hope.  Check out the goods from Burberry to Sandro, The Kooples to Portobello Market on a Friday especially where one vendor has several examples dating from the 1960s in indispensible black, red, blue and many other hues.  £3,000 will set you off in Paris catwalk style.  Vintage from about £100 may suit a few more budgets.


By Robin Dutt The Leather Biker Jacket has

By Robin Dutt

Decades ago, when global warming or whatever else detracted from the four distinct seasons in a year our wardrobes were stuffed accordingly.  Now, it is difficult to find an ankle-sweeping winter coat because everyone is in a taxi or sipping Champagne at The Rivoli.  But I am delighted to see the return of the tailored and rather minimal spring coat – knee length and simple, it does provide protection against the unexpected spring chilly blast and most are showerproof, which should be a given.

Over a suit and in a contrasting colour, or an example that has pattern, weave or even texture, the spring coat becomes for a short time, a trend indispensible and one which won’t disturb the line of what lies beneath.  Not a raincoat as such, it is its own distinct affair.

Mine, I discovered recently, an unworn, light pure wool German example hailing from the late 1960s in an aqua ground with a subtle check in black and seal grey.  It goes with everything. Even leather…

By Robin Dutt Decades ago, when global warming

By Robin Dutt

I was recently invited to a reception at Searcy’s at the very top of The Gherkin in the city to witness a burlesque show.  Yes… tassels abounded but those were not the points.  The occasion was an unveiling of some very smart shoes and boots from the Jeffrey-West collection.  Celebrating soon, some 30 years in the business, designer Guy West has always been passionate about the classics: Chelsea boots, Brogues and Monks – but with his instinctive and assured twist which seed shoe interiors flushed with ruby red leather, larger than average piratical buckles, brightly hued-laces and also etched soles, featuring mottoes and the familiar duelling, top-hatted silhouettes – his USP is obvious.

In fact, part of the attraction of the event was being able (should you have wished) to have your own shoes tattooed on the spot by an artist wielding an electric needle.  He showed me his London skyline along the side of one shoe.  Sublime. And, of course, unique.

The company’s strap line is ‘Infamous English Shoes’ and with branches in London, Manchester, West Leeds and as one might expect, Northampton (the original home of English shoe making) each dramatic and atmospheric boutique carries a large stock of his constant but consistently classic models.  Guy West is always sartorially elegant whether in a suit or dandy uniform, whether for a lunch in the city or a stroll down town to arty venues and clubs.  The shoes are always a neat partner to carefully considered threads, as all constantly returning customers will cheerfully testify to.

By Robin Dutt I was recently invited to

By Robin Dutt

One of the perhaps most unlikely colours in the suiting and sartorial palette in general is green.  And at the Men’s Collections in January for autumn/winter, green was a palpable hit.  But it’s not only next season, there’s plenty of the green stuff around for spring/summer too, whether as an accent accessory or complete suit.

Ah… but there is green and then there is Green – and we are not talking about fashion staples like drab, olive and khaki shades.  Instead, think zingy limes, zesty emeralds and feisty spearmints, all of which work very well with solid blacks and navy hues – trousers, chinos and the like.  Even cords.  (Choose from Cordings’ established rainbow range).  Of course a slice of sharp green can do wonders – like a slice of lime in a Hendrick’s and Tonic, or perhaps consider a tie or even contrast laces to lift a workaday suit, no matter how well sculpted.

And it is not just because spring is definitely here… just look at the departing daffodils and bluebells.  Designers and fabric makers have realised that this often-neglected colour is strong and refined – especially when whipped up as a sharp suit, or even duster coat.  Forget the received opinion that the colour is unlucky and completely forget the Henry VIII ‘Greensleeves’ connection with all its associations to do with misfortune. Step out in confidence in the colour that the departing daffodils and crocuses would understand.

By Robin Dutt One of the perhaps most

All of the team at Savile Row Style Magazine were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Marie Scott, founder and long time editor of the Magazine. I was, like so many others, very fond of Marie and her vivacious personality and appetite for life. She remained throughout her life a loyal and passionate advocate of Savile Row and bespoke tailoring. The news of her sudden passing has come as a great shock to all those who knew her well throughout the Row. The magazine will pay a full and fitting tribute to Marie in the July edition. Should any readers wish to contribute to the feature with any photographs or memories of Marie, please email

Stewart Lee, Managing Director, Savile Row Style Magazine

All of the team at Savile Row