Savile Row - Normally misspelt as Saville Row. This is the place where the rich and famous from all over the world such as Royal families, billionaires, footballers, pop stars, film stars and even gangsters get their suit's tailored.
There are as many tailor shops as there are townhouses some would say as you walk down Savile Row. Most people view Savile Row as the Mecca of Tailoring; even Huality Tailoring has a fitting room down the Row.
Savile Row, the east side
This is a look at Savile Row – Who’s Who- The Main Players in the tailor game. The top of the line shops have been called the Godfathers of the Mayfair mafia. But we let you decide what you think of each of them as we cover them.
Savile Row was not only where the most famous tailors in the history of the world have are or were established, but it was originally the home of the rich and wealthy. There is no other way to describe it other than that some bright minded people thought it a brilliant idea to have their shops in close proximity to the upper class, and those who lived in the Savile Row area. The tailors have been there since before the 19th century.
The biggest names in the game are Henry Poole, Dege & Skinner, Huntsman, Gieves & Hawkes, and Anderson & Sheppard. These are some of the best and brightest when it comes to style and class, around the world let alone in the UK. Some would say that style and the creativity that these companies have are the embodiment of passion. Now, let me tell you more about these companies.
Anderson & Sheppard- this is one of the best while they are currently based on Old Burlington St. after a few spats with a landlord. They still make some of the best around. Their style is purely bespoke, and they were made famous by their, limp look, style. It is a softer, and more free form of dress than the other tailors. The company was started by Per Anderson and Sidney Sheppard and brought to Savile Row in 1913. This is a favorite for celebs around the world.
Henry Poole- Started in 1806, this is one of thee oldest and most historic shops along Savile Row. Being credited with as the founder of Savile Row, their goal was to outfit the greats from barons to kings to prime ministers to emperors, and they did. They have outfitted the likes of Napoleon, Churchill, The princes of Wales and other European Royalty. The shop is currently owned by Agnus Cundey.
Dege & Skinner- Started in the later part of the 19th century, and it has created a family tradition they have been in business together ever since. They have built up quite a reputation for getting things done, with their family experience and with the acquisition of several other shops with different specialties as well. They offer a more rigid style of tailor among other things.
Gieves & Hawkes, No1 Savile Row, the best address
Gieves & Hawkes- Has the best address of them all; apparently this shop is run out of No. 1 Savile Row. IT comes from a naval background and is run by Mark Henderson. This is also a wonderful bespoke made to order tailor. Again, moving with the times they mainly deal with ready to wear clothing, even their shop somehow feels like a departmental store.
Huntsman- They came to Savile Row in the early 1900’s and is sometimes referred to tailor to the stars. They apparently have received quite a few star studded orders from celebs around the world. This wonderful self contained shop has the reputation for being the most expensive on the Row. They use a very hearty structured system when making their garments.
Kilgour – Don’t let the contemporary look deceive you. These guys have been around since 1882 and were known at the time as Kilgour French & Stanbury. One of their most famous and favorite customer was Carey Grant. They offer as most tailors do classic and contemporary style bespoke tailoring. Similar to Gieves & Hawkes and keeping with the times, they are not afraid to venture into the ready to wear market.
These are some of only the best and the oldest who are among the talented who belong in the Golden Mile. There are many more we have not even mentioned, let alone the “young guns” as they are referred to on the Row. This is because they are not quite as established as the big boys. These are the likes of Ozwald Boateng and Richard James whose styles are for the young and adventurous such as bright Red/Purple suits with thin lapels and ultra tight trousers. But it is clear no matter what your experience or longevity it seems to reason that it is all about being an amazing front-man.