Chester Barrie Reveal New AW19 Collection | Make Mine a Double (Breasted)

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It's always an unbridled joy to wax lyrical about Chester Barrie. Breaking news, they have just released their AW19 collection combining the sophistication of the modern world with the elegance and tradition of Savile Row.

The emphasis this season is on suits but there is a good selection of jackets, perfect for weekends as well as the office. We can cast our eyes back to the AW17 collection when Chester Barrie imbibed a whole renaissance with their immaculate double breasted jackets. 

Shapes are strong and flattering infusing premium cloth with detailed patterns and tactile finish sourced from a variety of mills, Loro Piana and Foxes Brothers being the pack leaders for this AW19 collection. 

Warm Autumn hues (not colour-ways. Colour-ways is not a word in my book. Nor is smart suiting for that matter) and subtle patterns combine to form timeless and elegant styles.

Having spoken to Pete Brooker, editor of the James Bond fashion blog From Tailors With Love, I’ve learnt corduroy is expected to explode this season after Daniel Craig was seen wearing a bloodied Massimo Alba cotton-corduroy slope suit on the set of No Time to Die.

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This will be in keeping with Chester Barrie's prophecy that corduroy is the seasonal must have. Corduroy features prominently in the AW19 collection with a selection of trousers and a jacket that are ideal for the cooler winter days.

From the super-soft corduroy jacket, made from using a mix of prime cotton and luxurious cashmere, to the sturdier cotton corduroy trousers it is a far cry from college lecturer cord of years gone by.

Although I still think the college lecturer cord is still a strong look. Rocking the corduroy jacket on campus will have the other lecturers get up and place their pens on your table like that scene from A Beautiful Mind (one of my favourite films ever!)

Have you seen inside Chester Barrie recently? They had a refurbishment late last year. They were the first tailor on Savile Row to have a virtual interactive 3D scan, allowing their long distance customers to feel a part of the brand's community.

It's further prove that Chester Barrie is a forward thinking menswear tailor, with one eye on its heritage, the other on consumer experience, and it's third eye (the all seeing eye) on sustainable fabrics and future trends.

From the sumptuous Prince of Wales check suit (also available as a three piece) to the Melange Texture Suit crafted in an exquisite cloth and completed with peaked lapel and extra ticket pocket, this a collection designed to help men look their best.

For jackets the stand-out piece is a double-breasted baby camel jacket though the Hopsack Donegal Jacket, which uses different coloured yarns and a mix of cashmere and silk to give it extra dimension, is also a contender.

And finally, a note on Chester Barrie’s sophisticated range of Sea Island cotton shirts: their lightweight, cashmere-like feel and simple elegance are the perfect foil to Chester Barrie’s sophisticated tailoring.

Collections are priced from £499-£1500 depending on what you're buying. 

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Introducing the Luxury Shirt Collection by Hawkins & Shepherd

Today I'm very excited to announce the launch of The Luxury Collection by Hawkins & Shepherd. It's been in the pipeline now for a long time. This collection of luxury shirts uses the finest fabrics in the world and the highest level of handmade shirt tailoring.

Within the collection I have two different kinds of luxury shirts; the Cashmerello shirt which is a luxurious blend of 15% Cashmere and 85% two fold 120's Swiss Cotton and the Soyella Duecento shirt which are a Two-ply 2/200 fabric.

Tell me what makes these shirts luxury?

Mens shirts have become something of an obsession for me. I have to have the best quality, the best fabric, the best cut. The finish on these London shirts are just beautiful. Look at the stitching on the collar, it's as close to the edge as you can get which denotes the quality.

Now look at the stitching on the collar of a Charles Tyrwhitt shirt. You can immediately see how safe the stitching is because they've brought the finish in at least 10ml from the collar edge.

Please note this is not an attack on Charles Tyrwhitt shirts. From online reviews they provide adequate shirts at an accessible price. I'm merely attempting to clarify and distinguish what makes my shirts superior and where the extra money is being spent.

The cuffs on both shirts are double buttoned only the Cashmerello shirt comes with curve edges, whilst the Soyella Duecento shirt features cut edges. Both are adorned with mother of pearl buttons.

For what occasions can I wear these luxury shirts? 

These are not dress shirts, the colours are not conducive to black tie events. Unless you buy them in white of course. However, men’s formal shirts are not quite as formal as they once were. With the advent of casual Friday and the up rise of men working from home, men are no longer restricted to wearing white shirts to the office. 

Luxury shirts brands such as Hawes and Curtis, Thomas Pink and Turnbull & Asser have also cottoned on to this (pardon the pun) with their recent capsules introducing dress-down collections. 

I'd recommend these UK shirts for most formal events. If you're looking to make a statement and want to feel confident when walking into a room. 

MASON AND SONS | Tailoring House of James Bond

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The company that has single handedly resurrected the original tailoring house of James Bond. Mason & Sons are an established e-tailor that house many concessions from established British fashion houses such as John Smedley, Baracuta and Fred Perry to name but a few.

They also provide a bespoke service run by appointment only from their Headquarters in Montagu Square, the very building where John and Yoko resided in the 60’s and was subsequently owned by Ringo Starr.

It’s argued that the brands USP is their ownership and revival of classic heritage brands such as Mr Fish and the original tailor to James Bond himself, Anthony Sinclair.

I reached out to Elliot Mason (the ‘sons’ of Mason & Sons) and asked him how they managed to acquire the lost brand and what are the younger generation looking for when it comes to tailoring.

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How did Richard Payne, an early apprentice of Anthony Sinclair get to inherit the Anthony Sinclair brand?

In the 1980's Anthony handed down the keys to his shop and his shears to his apprentice Richard Payne. Richard was there when Anthony was making suits for Connery, he knows all the tales and legends of Sinclair.

When Anthony passed away Richard carried on the business, cutting suits with the Anthony Sinclair label in, this went on for many years. Sadly, Richard fell ill and for years, the company fell dormant. When Richard was fighting fit again some years later he started cutting suits but putting his own name in.

 

How did your father David Mason get to meet Richard Payne and inherit the brand from him? 

My father was on Savile row and they (Richard and David) followed each other round the tailoring houses and they became quite good friends, and in 11’12 Richard unearthed how he was Anthony’s apprentice and owner of the business.

My father obviously couldn’t believe this and encouraged Richard to start up again and in 2012 together they relaunched. That same year the barbican announced the exhibition ‘50 years of Bond Style’ and went on its world tour. EON productions approached Richard and my father to recreate the Dr. NO midnight blue dinner suit and the Goldfinger suit.

 

How did they get blueprints to replicate the suits?

Well funnily enough there was one customer of my fathers who owned a suit from You Only Live Twice. It was a light grey suit in a herringbone and Holland and Sherry still make the same cloth because we’ve made them for a few other customers.

So Richard was able take the pattern from that suit, it was an original Connery suit. I don’t know how many are still alive, maybe one of two suits that are still in existence or that anybody knows where they are.

 

Are the younger clientele looking to dress more Connery?

For the past 3-4 years any of my friends that would need a suit for interviews would come in and ask for the conduit cut. They are taking inspiration from the way Connery dress. (Elliot is 25).

Nowadays most men want a slimmer fit, suppressed waist, less flare in the skirt, less drape in the chest, in the past 6-9 months its going the other way. Our clients want less fitted trousers. They’re adding pleats to their trousers, pleated trousers always have a wider fit. People don’t want the shrink to fit in the jacket so there is more drape in the chest. It’s going backwards, these things are cyclical, we’re almost at a halfway house between Connery-Craig, and its going towards Connery in terms for fit. 

They tend to take some time, so you’re see them on  the catwalk, pleats on the catwalk but will take some time to hit the high street.

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Can you give me an update on the Mr Fish collection please? I noticed it’s not on your website anymore.

Our first collection on Mason & Sons was a collection of printed shirts and we sold out. Then we did a collaborative version, that was always going to be for a limited time, now all those styles are available under the Mason & Sons label.

We are currently working on a new collection of Mr Fish ready-to-wear whilst working on bespoke orders for customers. More Mr Fish tailoring will revolve around double breasted garments. 

Michael sadly passed away last year in August. We are very much in contact with his family and they are in full support of what we’re doing.

 

Who is your favourite Bond when it comes to style?

Outside of Sean Connery it would be late Sir Roger Moore, he came to Montagu square, we made his clothes for his last few years of his life. I had the pleasure of answering the door and letting him.

My favourite scene is Goldfinger when he’s about to be chopped in half. The glen check 3 piece is the most iconic and is my favourite. Also in that film, he wears the casual long sleeve black polo that is very similar to the one John Smedley does now. So elegant.

 

And the next thing for Mason & Sons?

The next thing for us we’re remaking the barleycorn hacking jacket and cavalry twill trousers that Sean Connery wears in Goldfinger. It’s taken a very long time to perfect, but it’s there. We’ll do made to order for our customers.   

Catch the full interview with Elliot Mason on the From Tailors With Love Podcast available to download now in iTunes. 

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Sotheby’s Partner with Savile Row Tailor Huntsman & Sons

This May, Sotheby’s will partner with esteemed Savile Row tailor Huntsman & Sons to stage its first online-only luxury lifestyle sale.

Featuring an array of bespoke pieces from the private collection of Huntsman owner and financier, Pierre Lagrange, alongside commissioned new works that exemplify the Huntsman lifestyle, this collection reflects Lagrange’s expert knowledge and appreciation of exquisite objects.

The sale will offer a view into the life and passions of Pierre Lagrange as a custodian to Huntsman’s unique heritage, which has attracted discerning patrons throughout the ages. 

Was this the best bloggers breakfast of the year?

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It was right up there. Many looking transfixed as they ogled the fine artisan pieces from Pierre Lagrange's collection, who by the way was impeccably turned out in a traditional pin stripe suit, elongated jacket. He spoke eloquently about his collection, always wanting to impart traditional heritage yet move the idea of tradition into new contemporary areas. (I'm not saying tradition with a modern twist. I REFUSE!)

Of course I have compiled a wish list of my favourite pieces, slightly out of my price bracket unfortunately.

The Huntsman x Sotheby’s auction will run exclusively online from Tuesday 22nd May to Friday 1st June, 2018

Lot 72: HUNTSMAN BESPOKE TANGERINE SMOKING JACKET | Matthew Vaughn

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Yes sir! I'd like the now famous Tangerine Velvet Smoking Jacket worn by lead actor Taron Egerton in the movie 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'. This isn't the original one, but perhaps one better would be to have this prototype jacket recreated to my measurements by Huntsman's Head Cutter Campbell Carey. ESTIMATE: £7,000 - £10,000

 

Lot 77: THE GLENDRONACH KINGSMAN EXPERIENCE | Brown Forman

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I actually got close to this tipple of GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1991 Vintage during the films promotion and it was just an awesome blend. As well as a tasty souvenir the bidder will also receive a VIP tour of the GlenDronach distillery in the Scottish Highlands for two people, along with one night's accommodation at Glen House, dinner and breakfast. 

If you'd like to know a little more about how Brown Forman got involved with the franchise you can check out this interview with ambassador Nate BookerESTIMATE: £1,500 - £2,000

 

Lot 5: HUNTSMAN BESPOKE BACKGAMMON JACKET | Amba Jackson

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I'd possibly say this is something I'd not only consider bidding on, but something I'd consider masterminding some elaborate heist for. Designed by Amba Jackson the rock and roll star’s granddaughter and designer and a keen amateur of the board game in her own right.

No one wants to schlepp a backgammon board game around whilst on set. Amba worked with Huntsman's creative team to produce a unique board design printed on the inside lining of creative director Campbell Carey’s black linen travel jacket, transforming it into a wearable backgammon set. 

The prototype offered to the winner of this lot is available in size 36, however the buyer's size can be accommodated upon request. ESTIMATE:  £2,000 - £3,000

 

Lot 43: THE HOURGLASS BY MARC NEWSON FROM THE COLLECTION OF HUNTSMAN'S CHAIRMAN

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Pierre spoke very elegantly about this this extraordinary hand-blown hourglass. It was the first thing he mentioned when doing the talk and I got the feeling he didn't really want to see it go. 

The design features contain a narrow waist, reminiscent of Huntsman's iconic one-button silhouette. ESTIMATE: £35,000 - £40,000

 

Lot 56: WORK AT HUNTSMAN WITH HEAD CUTTER, LUNCH AT ANNABEL'S WITH HUNTSMAN'S CHAIRMAN

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Ok lastly but not leastly, and this one resonates with me truly, a chance to cut my own Huntsman suit with those big Huntsman tailor shears. It would be an absolute dream to not only own a bespoke Huntsman suit, but to be able to make one also under the careful eye of Huntsman's Head Cutter Dario Carnera. 

Get this at a snip, pun intended. ESTIMATE: £8,000 - £12,000

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Lagrange comments, Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s UK Chairman, says, “From the clubroom and dressing room, to the garage and grounds, a Huntsman lifestyle can extend to each element of the home. I invite you to discover them in our exclusive online sale, where we celebrate the pieces that form the overall experience of the brand.”

Who is Pierre Lagrange? 

Pierre Lagrange is the owner and executive chairman of Huntsman & Sons, one of the world’s oldest and most sought after names in bespoke tailoring, and custodians of a craft dating back to 1849 when the store was established on Bond Street in London. Lagrange acquired Huntsman in 2014 with a view towards growing the 169 year old bespoke business globally.

All lots will be offered without buyer’s premium, and will be on exhibition in the Wemyss Gallery at Sotheby’s New Bond Street. Visit sothebys.com/huntsman for more details on to find out how to bid.

 

The Style & Sound of Edward Sexton

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Who is Edward Sexton? In short, and in my opinion, Edward Sexton is a redoubtable trailblazer tailor who along with his late partner Tommy Nutter, revolutionized not only Savile Row but much of the movements that happened in both elegant men’s and women’s tailoring during the 60’s-70’s.

No longer of Savile Row he sees his clients by appointment only out of his studio in Beauchamp Place, a fashionable shopping street in the Knightsbridge district of London.

Whilst sieving through the annals of Savile Row history during my downtime on a recent trip to the Philippines, I kept circling and underlining inspirational comments, glib remarks and cool turns of phrase that Edward Sexton used in his social commentary. I’d love to interview the man personally one day so if you’re out there Edward and you’re reading this, have your people call my people and we’ll do lunch.

In the mean time I thought I’d corral all my favourites in a mini listicle for your amusement.

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·     I knew to develop oneself and to express yourself and to make the styles to create the work you wanted, you had to go outside. So I started moonlighting.

·     To make the same style day in day out, is wonderful but to keep the edge you need to challenge yourself all the time.

·     When we had a window display all the old guys freaked out, they said ‘give them 6 months’. (And they’ll be out of business).

·     What made us was the quality and the style and Tommy wearing it socially and we attracted a lot of ink.

·     My philosophy is that a client should wear the garment, the garment should never wear the client.

·     Romancing IS accessories. You can make the most beautiful suit and put it on somebody but unless it accessorized correctly it won’t work. And some people need a lot of accessorizing.

·     Ringo was different again he didn’t say a lot until it was finished and we realised he wanted a double breasted instead of a single breasted.

·     I like sophisticated elegant clothing it’s what I stand for. That’s what I do for a living it’s what I’ve done all my life and I don’t suppose I’ll be changing.

Things I Have Learnt From Working in Fashion | By Christopher Modoo

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I never set out to work in this industry but it has given me a good career; meeting some great people and obtaining a wardrobe significantly higher than my pay-grade would accommodate. I am often approached by younger people in the industry or students and asked to pass on career advice and I give an occasional talk at a London fashion college. It seems a more popular career choice than it did when I started and if you are thinking of a career or just curious, here are some things I learnt that you won’t find from your career advisor.

Most people in the industry have no interest in clothes

This is the big one. It is just a job for most people and they would be just as happy selling washing machines if the margin was high enough. I have met some kindred spirits along the way, but most have no passion for the product. They know the cost of everything and the value of nothing (apologies to Oscar Wilde). And despite access to clothing at discount prices, they dress really badly.

You will become obsessed with the weather

To justify less than brilliant sales, you will blame the cool summers and warm winters. A heavy storm or an unseasonably warm weekend will be used as an excuse as to why customers didn’t go shopping. After weather, your pet excuses will be sporting events and the school holidays.

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Excel will be your closest friend

Despite what you may see on Instagram, if you are not on the shopfloor selling, you will be staring at a spreadsheet. You will grow to hate the small green triangle.

You will be governed by KPIs

Key Performance Indicators are not unique to fashion retail but we make them our own. Average Transaction Values, Conversion Rates, Turnover per square metre…and when you haven’t reached target, you will find a thousand ways to say “we need to sell more stuff” and will take great comfort from any positive message in a poor season. To sound more scientific, you will always give percentages with two decimal places.

Travelling ain’t glamorous

With cutbacks, flying anything other than economy is as rare as having a proper lunch. But despite the discomfort, you will savour the ten hour respite from emails.

It is not unusual to go straight to a meeting from the airport. You will become an expert at deciphering international breakfast buffets and showerheads. And never be tempted to use the whirlpool bath in your hotel room. Trust me on that one.

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You are basically a tax collector

With VAT at 20% and all the duties associated with imports, you will sometimes feel like your most successful role is collecting money for the government.

The word “important” will take on a whole new meaning.

You will talk about colours being important. “I think fuschia will be important next summer” someone will say to a roomful of nods. Not in the way other things are important, like Brexit or global warming.

You will find fancy ways of expressing the bleedin’ obvious.

“Next winter we expect a rise in sales of key layering pieces combined with seasonal accessories” is another of saying “it will be cold so customers will buy jumpers, scarves and gloves”.

Your friends and family will not understand your job

They will think you spend all day drinking champagne and hanging out with celebrities. Don’t disappoint them.

 

Introducing Author Christopher Modoo the Urbane Outfitter

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Please allow me to introduce myself…

I am delighted to be contributing to Carl Thompson’s blog. I have known Carl for many years, since we met at a Chester Barrie press day down in Savile Row. I was the senior creative for the brand and Carl was a keen supporter of my work and would always visit the presentations at London Collections: Men (as London Fashion Week was once known).

I have worked in the fashion industry for over twenty-five years. I have no formal training and started my career as a junior salesman in the shirt & tie department of Selfridges. I have always loved clothing and can’t remember an age where I wasn’t aware of what I was wearing. But I never considered that I could make a career from it. At 18, I very lazily applied for a job in a bank after a brief discussion with the school’s career advisor where my options were summarised as “bank or civil service”. So I started as a junior in a suburban High Street bank. I only lasted eighteen months before the lure of the West End called me to Oxford Street.

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My first break was when Thomas Pink opened a concession in Selfridges, I was a fan of their shirts so I wrangled the manager’s job by the age of 22. My love of cloths blossomed as I became aware of all these great classic brands and a large portion of my salary was spent on custom made cloths and good shoes. From Pink’s I moved to Savile Row where I was a salesman/fitter. This is where I became obsessed with textiles. Our shop full of cloth books called “bunches” and I would go through all of them learning about different weights, textures and qualities. There is a lot of knowledge on Savile Row and some very generous characters who are willing to  share it…usually over a pint. I then moved to Ede & Ravenscroft to head up their made-to-measure department. Ede & Ravenscroft are London’s oldest tailors with a heritage and stretches back to 1689. It was fun bringing it into the 20th century and convincing staff that we should fax orders rather than relying on the post! It was here that I really started to understand the rules of classic menswear and when and how to break them. I was very lucky to be promoted to buyer when the position became vacant despite having no buying experience. The retail director mentored me and translated my knowledge of tailoring into a commercial skill. I had the most wonderful decade with Ede & Ravenscroft; I travelled all over Europe, met the Queen and was even introduced to my future wife. But at the age of 39 I was eager to move onto bigger and better things.

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I joined Chester Barrie with the responsibility to oversee every product from morning dress to casual outerwear. We took the brand to trade shows in Florence, New York and Hong Kong, as well as becoming a major fixture on the LCM calendar. This also coincided with the growth in social media. I love the way that it can connect people with a similar interest and how it can champion smaller brands and artisans. I loved sharing new ideas and receiving immediate feedback…usually good. I am no longer with Chester Barrie and have what is known as a “portfolio career” where I split my time between writing online content for magazines and brands, styling, lecturing at a college and starting my own label. I look forward to writing more for Carl and connecting with his followers. I will be writing about classic mens fashion as well as the fashion industry and sharing my experiences from both.

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Get Kingsman: The Golden Circle Look at MR PORTER

As part of the now, not-so-secret list of Kingsman agents, my first assignment was to style a sartorial assemble, of course from the Kingsman collection exclusive to MR PORTER. This was an easy introduction into the Kingsman way of life as MR PORTER has once again teamed up with exceptional costume designer Ms Arianne Phillips to provide a bespoke collection of epic proportion. Much like the film, it is bigger, bolder and an even more stylish affair than the last. 

If you love classic Savile Row tailoring, you'll need to watch Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which is hands-down the most stylish movie of the year of which the orange velvet tuxedo jacket has become an iconic masterpiece. But what is Kingsman?

Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman - an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organisation in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organisations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world. 

Kingsman x Mr Porter is a luxury menswear collection that features throughout the film and is inspired from the sartorial details within the two film’s scripts. For anyone wishing to shop this style, you'll be extremely happy to find that it is extremely wearable and transitions perfectly from film to luxury retail. Plus its been road tested to the highest secret service standards and handled everything that was thrown at it.

In my Kingsman look, I've chosen to wear the Harry's Navy Super 120s Wool and Cashmere-Blend Suit which is cut in a double-breasted pattern and feels luxuriously soft. Being a Kingsman agent, I need a crisp white shirt of which this one is from Turnbull & Asser and works perfectly with the Drake's striped navy, pink & brown tie and white pocket square - a classic combination. If you are wearing this Kingsman sartorial style in London then you'll need an umbrella but not one of those small flimsy ones, as winter is coming you'll need something more sturdy to protect that incredible suit.

 

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*This post was created in collaboration with MR PORTER x Kingsman.

CHESTER BARRIE AW16 - SAVILE ROW

I pride myself on having a good eye for detail, not only in clothing but in food, cocktails and even spreadsheets. That was until I met Christopher Modoo the senior creative at Savile Rows' Chester Barrie. During my personal tour of their AW16 collection, the passion showed by Chris as he meticulously explained every single design decision, flourished in their collection. 

My 3 stand out pieces of the collection were:

1. Navy pinstripe double-breasted suit. This suit has gone through so many iterations in the pattern design to get it perfect. Chester Barrie wanted to design a double-breasted suit jacket, which fastens up on the lower buttons in a 6 button design (rather than the usual middle button). Double-breasted jackets look great done up, although when open, they can seem like there is too much fabric flapping around. With their new Chester Barrie, closely guarded pattern, they have solved this issue in their design so this DB suit looks just as good undone as it does done up - a first for DB jackets?

2. Herringbone Overcoat. Wow wow wow. Okay so I'm a little obsessed with overcoats, add on some creative peak lapels and a wide herringbone fabric and you are on to a winner.  

3. Navy Dinner Jacket. Impeccable tailoring using a Chester Barrie designed fabric on the large lapels giving this piece of investment clothing the a-list factor. 

Chester Barrie is bringing accessible quality tailoring to Savile Row and their AW16 collection will be available from August 2016. You can also visit their retail store on 19 Savile Row or shop online at http://www.chesterbarrie.co.uk/

BRITISH DESIGN, BRITISH FABRIC & 100% CASHMERE

Right now my life seems to be going at a million miles an hour but I'm loving every moment of it, I think if I slow down things might stall and I'll find it hard to get started again. I've started by renovating my flat for Spring and this doesn't just involve a cheeky little dust at the back of the cupboard where I keep my half finish tubs of marmite. No, this is a complete renovation of my flat, brick walls added, new carpets, new beds and of course a complete refresh of my wardrobe. Subscribe to my YouTube channel where I'll be posting videos/vlogs of my home renovation project.

I've just brought these amazing gas-pipe clothes rails that look like I have just taken them and walked out of an allsaints store. But what it means is I'm no longer able to hide my hoards of bad moth ridden clothes in a closed wardrobe, now everything is out in the open. It made me think about what is important in a man's wardrobe. I realised I had a lot of disposable clothing that I have hardly worn and just brought because it was cheap. Once I cleared all of this out, I was left with timeless, classic wardrobe pieces that have the quality and design to run the test of time.

As well as the blog, I have been working with Laura from Calder London, a Savile Row trained, womenswear tailor to celebs such a Cara Delevingne on a men's overcoat collaboration for Hawkins & Shepherd. We wanted only the finest British fabrics, tailoring, design, buttons, thread...the lot and couldn't be any happier with the results. 

This brings me back to having a few timeless pieces in your wardrobe that you save up and spend good money on. This camel overcoat is 100% British cashmere, its lightweight and warm, the perfect all season coat. You can style this versatile camel coat in a classic tailoring style by keeping things formal wearing it over a suit or opt as I have done by wearing the coat with a pair of dark denim jeans.

Right, I have to keep this momentum going, new flat, new wardrobe and now I'm off to the gym ready for a great summer in London...I havent been this excited since my last super-like on Tinder! 

 

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Photography by Sophie Milner

HAWKINS & SHEPHERD SHIRTS FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2016

Luxury men's shirt makers Hawkins and Shepherd have returned stronger than ever this Spring/Summer season with their new-look collection as part of a wider evolution across the styling of the brand. The introduction of their new button-down and pattern shirts are in keeping with market trends. As always, Hawkins & Shepherd shirts use the finest cotton fabrics and classic, handmade tailoring. Don't expect them to be in stores for some time, so get online and shop today, as this collection is limited edition and while stocks last. 

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It feels odd writing a piece on my own shirts  but who best to do that than myself as I have put so much sweat and tears into getting Hawkins & Shepherd where it is today and I'm so proud of the brand.

Our button-down shirts have small details that stand out subtly whilst sticking to minimalistic, classic shirt tailoring. For example we stitch the top button hole and the last button hole in a different colour that compliments the shirt fabric perfectly. 

Our pattern printed shirt fabric has come from Portugal and is a limited edition, when they are gone their gone. The pattern collection centres around micro prints...paisley, geometric and polka dots are my designers favourites.

What to expect from Hawkins & Shepherd in the future? We have designed our first Hawkins & Shepherd Suit and Overcoat range in collaboration with Savile Row trained tailor Laura from Calder London using Britain's finest fabrics from Holland & Sherry. The suits will consist of single and double-breasted options and will be made to order. Our overcoat range will consist of two 100% Cashmere limited edition camel and navy jackets.

This is a major step forward for Hawkins & Shepherd but one that has been at the request of the label’s loyal customer feedback. We are small enough to react quickly to our customers’ wishes and in many ways they shape what we do as a company.

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Hawkins & Shepherd Blue Micro Geometric Print Button-Down Shirt

SHOP HAWKINS & SHEPHERD SS16 SHIRT COLLECTION HERE

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HUNTSMAN QUINTESSENTIALLY BRITISH

Huntsman are a Savile Row success story, founded in 1849 by Henry Huntsman and a brand I have admired for a very long time. The name Huntsman would suggest dapper country gentlemen and a large part of their collection is tweed and targeted to that market although looking further into their work; they have some incredible tailored suits.

Huntsman, the quintessential British Luxury Brand, project a timeless, sharp look in a thoroughly modern fashion. The brand have a rich history and proud traditions, with strong values of quality and craftsmanship. Over 80 hours of workmanship go into creating each garment. The high end bespoke suit manufacturer also sell accessories such as stylish umbrellas (From £155), overcoats well worth the investment (from £1950), cashmere scarves (from £225) and knitwear (from £125). 

Huntsman have a history of exceptional bespoke tailoring but also have a relatively small collection of suits, shirts and knitwear that you can purchase online.

Here are my picks from their online collection...

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Take a tour along Savile Row with me below:

SAVILE ROW LOOKBOOK

As the home a great tailoring, Savile Row has long been a major inspiration for me. I love the history that engulfs it, the buzz that you get when walking down the 'Row' and watching the steady hands of the tailors cutting fabric in the basements. If I'm in need of some influences when designing the perfect shirt for Hawkins & Shepherd, picking the finest fabrics or just personal styling, I find it right there on Savile Row.

I would love to be in a position to have a lookbook full of Savile Row tailored pieces, however as I'm a poor blogger still trying to make it big, I have put together all my favourite formal looks from recent posts. These looks are all available for a reasonable price online or via the highstreet. A perfect compilation of looks for you to to use for interviews, weddings or office attire.

So what is Savile Row? Firstly it is a street in Mayfair, London, England synonymous worldwide for great bespoke tailoring. British tailors have been settling here since the 17th century and now is a street that is protected to keep only the highest level of tailoring companies trading on it.

You would think that Savile Row has had it easy, but they haven't. Competition is high and it has been a constant battle trying to reinvent themselves for different marketplaces like younger professionals, classic gents or international clients. Some tailors have kept to their heritage whereas others such as Oswald Boateng and Richard James have reinvented themselves as what I would call, new Savile Row - focusing on the modern market and breaking the so called 'mould'.

Take yourself down there, be inspired, be different, be confident and be stylish.