The low down on Savile Row

Great British style is something we celebrate here at Esquire, so you can imagine how delighted we were when Thames and Hudson’s latest title “Savile Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke” landed on our desks.

Compiled by James Sherwood with a foreword by Tom Ford, the 256-page book is a celebration of the intricate craft behind every bespoke suit. A chronological guide to Bespoke tailoring over the centuries, “Savile Row” is a journey from the 17th century and the birth of the street itself – which, incidentally, was named after the 3rd Earl of Burlington’s wife Lady Dorothy Savile - to more recent years and the shift from royalty to slebs, before finishing up with the present day and the current row occupiers including Richard James, Gieves and Hawkes and Spencer Hart .

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"Savile Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke" is available from October 2010 from Thames and Hudson publications. £45.00

Words by Leanne Petersen

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