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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 26 November 2012

Savile Row

Savile Row in  Mayfair, London is synonomous with men's tailoring. It is where many of the rich and famous come if they require a hand made bespoke suit. The word bespoke comes from the words 'to be spoken for' refering to the cloth for the suit.



It is not a very long street but it is unique in that it only has  men's top of the range clothing and tailoring shops there.


I loved the last sentence of their advertising 'Ladies bespoke tailoring by appointment only'. Not quite an invitation to pop in and browse.
All the cutting and sewing takes place in the basements of the shops which you can see into from the street level.




Just around the corner from Savile row is Burlington Gardens where you will find Ede and Ravenscroft, the oldest surviving family owned tailoring firm in England or maybe the world as the family can be traced back to the 17th cent.


A close up of the plaques outside reveals that they are the robe makers to the Royal family. However not all is well on the street as across the raod is a shop which is more familiar in the shopping malls and High Streets - Abercrombie and Fitch. There have been protests from the tailoring trade that this shop does not belong amongst these highly  recognised specialist shops. A demonstration was held outside the store on 23rd April (St George's day) by some very well dressed toffs!



(photo from Chaps magazine)
 
Linking with 'Our world Tuesday'

24 comments:

  1. What an interesting post, it is all a men's world the tailoring I see. But I like those special shops. The Abercrombie shop is coming to Amsterdam too. They have taken one of the prettiest buildings in a shopping street, which I have my doubts about.

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  2. The tradition lives on and that is great. It is refreshing to know that not everything is made in China.

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  3. I like how you can watch people at work making these fabulous garments. I wonder if they feel like fish in a bowl, though. :)

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  4. I have always thought that tailoring is what women do, but just like cooking, men are in it too!

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  5. There is nothing like a nice suit. The chain stores should relocate somewhere else. Not that I'm entitled to have an opinion, but there it is.

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  6. Wow---you were definitely in a ritzy area.. I've read about Savile Row and also about Ede and Ravenscroft. Glad to see photos. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. Fascinating that the famous Savile Road is still fulfilling the same purpose after such a long time!

    I wonder how much one of those suits costs... yikes!

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  8. Fascinating post, enjoyed that trip with you :)

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  9. How fun to see photos of places I've heard/read about for years! So cool!! Terrific! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

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  10. What a fascinating insight into this elite part of the world. Thanks for sharing. (Like the view into the basement!)

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  11. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  12. Ha! I guess the patricians are not happy the plebeians can shop on "their" street. :))

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  13. Feels royal. Never been inside alike shop. Thank you for this interesting walk.

    daily athens photo

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  14. I enjoyed these shots from saville road.

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  15. This looks like a very classy street I wonder how much a bespoke suit would cost?
    I love those plaques on the shop front ... Very impressive!

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  16. Great photos. I like how you gave a general view and then focus on some of the interesting details.

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  17. So much history (and rivalry!) in these great shots.

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  18. an interesting post. :) Did not know about this before. :)

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  19. I have spent many hours here with my Father delivering material to his customers.

    Mollyxxx

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  20. Wonderful post ~ fantastic photos and excellent info ~ 'great travelouge' about Saville Row (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

    thanks so much for coming by ^_^

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  21. Hi there - back home I see! I think it would be nice to be able to afford to shop on Savile row - but then decide not to!

    Hope you have recovered from the jet lag!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  22. The disappointing thing is an ugly man remains ugly even in such handmade suits, lol ! Nothing for Mr. G. anymore, he has worn a suit for ages, so now he prefers to wear jeans (but not handmade)

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  23. The tailors would be artisans at the shops of this street. At this time of recession, I wonder how many people could afford to the bespoke tailored suit. Thanks for this interesting glimpse into a traditional posh world.

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