From the master tailors of Savile Row, to the glossy windows of Jermyn Street, London has long been considered the ultimate destination for gentleman’s bespoke shirting and suits. Put simply, we do made-to-measure tailoring better than anywhere else in the world (the Japanese for suit is “sabiro” — say it out loud).
Over the past two decades, an influx of international designer labels have descended on the capital, offering everything from luxury ready-to-wear to made-to-measure suiting. Now, the trick is knowing how to separate the wheat from the chaff on the world’s most stylish streets, and find the designers best tailored to your needs.
Read on for our curation of the tailors we consider to be a cut above the rest.
Gieves & Hawkes, No.1 Savile Row
Founded in 1771, and boasting the most prestigious headquarters address in the sartorial world, Gieves & Hawkes has almost 250 years experience in dressing to impress. With roots planted firmly in military tailoring tradition, Gieves & Hawkes has counted every British monarch since George III among its list of high-profile patrons.
The company holds all three British Royal Warrants and serves several other royal households around the world, along with statesmen, business leaders, sporting legends and global stars of stage and screen. Masculine and considered, Gieves & Hawkes’ aesthetic is at once British and international.
Huntsman, 11 Savile Row
An esteemed Savile Row tailor, Huntsman has an extraordinary history that stretches back over 170 years creating impeccable bespoke suiting for a discerning clientele that includes nobility, royalty, statesmen and iconic Hollywood stars.
Integrity, excellence, craftsmanship and style has defined the Huntsman suit for generations – standards which are still maintained today. With an uncompromising commitment to excellence, Huntsman’s unique legacy includes an impressive list of patrons renowned for their sartorial style such as Clark Gable, Cecil Beaton, Winston Churchill, Gregory Peck, Coco Chanel, Katharine Hepburn, Lucian Freud and Alexander McQueen.
Henry Poole, 15 Savile Row
With an attention to detail that has seen it through over 200 years of tailoring, Henry Poole takes pride in the fact that each and every piece of clothing is made individually by tailors on its Savile Row premises. Its crest reads ‘By Special Appointment to the Late Emperor Napoleon III’ – so you know they’ve got a serious seal of approval.
Clements & Church, Travelling Tailor Service
New kids on the block Clements & Church have been creating waves in the storied suit-making industry with its modern made-to-measure and bespoke suits. Its quintessential British style can be described as both classic and fresh, with versatile pieces to help you update your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.
Operating in five locations across the country, Clements & Church is committed to making luxury tailoring available to all. And, whilst it isn’t technically based in London, for your convenience, its Travelling Tailors will venture to meet you at home or work, bringing with them a curated selection tailoring and a one-of-a-kind experience.
Anderson & Sheppard, 32 Old Burlington Street
Since 1906, Anderson & Sheppard has a rich history of dressing royalty and statesmen, maintaining a distinguished character and style.
Based on Savile Row, Anderson & Sheppard is the bespoke tailor of choice for men who prioritise comfort and elegance. The firm is regarded as the spiritual home of the English Drape cut, which notably innovated the straight-cut military garments of the early 20th century. The classic English Drape silhouette is characterised by an extremely light canvas that is non-restrictive to allow fluidity of movement – perfect for the modern gentleman on the go.
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