From the master tailors of Savile Row to the glossy windows of Jermyn Street, London has long been favoured as the destination of gentlemen from around the world in search of the perfectly bespoke tailored suit.
Since the stylistic imagination of Beau Brummell took hold of men’s fashion in the early 19th century, a properly-worn suit has remained the ultimate symbol of masculine elegance. So we’ve hunted down the best of the best in men’s tailoring shops, so that you may emerge from their doors adorned in only the finest of London’s designs, and reignite your love of that most timeless piece of male fashion identity.
Here’s our list of London’s best when it comes to luxurious, bespoke tailors:
Anderson & Sheppard, 32 Old Burlington Street
Dressing the world’s most sophisticated men since 1906, Anderson & Sheppard are one of the most well-known Savile Row institutions, famed for their craftsmanship and trademark focus on easy movement and natural body lines. Step into their mahogany living room, swathed in green leather chairs, wooden floors and an open fire, and leave with a bespoke suit worthy of royalty from the heart of London.
Richard James, 29 Savile Row
Since setting up shop in 1992 as the first of the ‘new establishment’ tailors on Savile Row, Richard James have rapidly built up a name for themselves. Renowned for their commitment to excellence, they offer a bespoke service, providing clients an in-depth service with multiple consultations. Their made-to-measure service also allows a quicker tailoring experience without having to scrimp on the quality.
Edward Sexton, 26 Beauchamp Place
Alongside Tommy Nutter in their Savile Row establishment, Nutters, Edward Sexton revolutionised Savile Row in the 1960s and 70s, adopting the ‘open window’ approach that has allowed us to linger outside London’s most famous bespoke tailoring shops ever since. His list of clients is seriously impressive, having dressed the likes of Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol and John Lennon, to name a few.
Huntsman, 11 Savile Row
Established in 1849, Huntsman’s initial claim to fame came through a rather niche tailoring service: making equestrian wear for the hunting and riding aristocracy in 19th-century Europe. They’ve remained a thoroughly British brand ever since, going on to tailor the wardrobes of legends including one of our all-time favourite gentlemen, Gregory Peck.
Henry Poole, 15 Savile Row
With an attention to detail that has seen them through over 200 years of tailoring, Henry Poole take pride in the fact that each and every piece of clothing is made individually by their tailors right there on their Savile Row premises. Their crest reads ‘By Special Appointment to the Late Emperor Napoleon III’ – if they’re good enough for an emperor, you know they’re good enough for just about anybody.
Hardy Amies, 14 Savile Row
The founder of the Hardy Amies brand, Sir Edwin Hardy Amies, actually got his start in womenswear, but soon started making waves in men’s tailoring as well after opening his Savile Row store in 1945. The team today (who we got to know quite well) puts an emphasis on the gentlemanly look with a twist, with an exceptional focus on fit, often requiring several fittings and up to 20 measurements.
Kilgour, 8 Savile Row
A Savile Row institution since 1880, Kilgour have long established themselves as tailors who embrace change, counting names like Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Jude Law and Daniel Craig as their clients. They tailor suits that lean in an almost art-deco direction, with an emphasis on shoulders. It’s said that the classic grey flannel suit was the brainchild of this place.
Sir Tom Baker, 4 D’Arblay Street
Another favourite of rock legends such as Robert Plant and the Sex Pistols, this master tailor trained in Savile Row and now bases his bespoke services in Soho, with a passionate mix of avant-garde fashion twists and classical British style. To this day, he personally supervises the cutting, sewing and finishing of all suits, each handmade on site.
Fielding and Nicholson, 12-16 Clerkenwell Road
With two other stores in Finsbury and Barbican, you won’t have to go far to find a great suit that fits you perfectly – in fact, their at-home services mean you don’t even have to leave your home to be dressed to kill. The fine materials are what make these tailors so beloved, with the cloth they use exclusively sourced from the old English mills in Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
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