Savile Row, the capital of bespoke.
In a recent visit to the UK we made a point of visiting the capital of bespoke tailoring, Savile Row. The row exceeded our expectations as it was lined with tailor shops that cater from businessmen to the Royal Family. We were lucky enough to have a tour of Huntsman, a tailor shop that has been servicing the Royal Family, American Presidents, and movie stars since the early 1900’s. Patterns were hung along the walls and ceiling from Ronald Reagan to the measurement books of the Queen and Prince. The shops are known around the world to provide the best bespoke suits. Bespoke is defined by Merriam-Webster as “made to fit a particular person”. In some cases a bespoke suit can take up to 11 months to produce depending on the number of fittings and availability of both the client and the tailor.
In Huntsman’s case, they make two trips a year to the states to measure clients. The first meeting is to measure and choose the materials. The second meeting is for their first fitting and in some cases a second fitting is needed. Some of the shops offer ready-to-wear and made-to-measure options as well for the clients that do not have the time or the pocketbook for the bespoke suits.
The shops have one or two master tailors that have a staff of cutters and tailors.