Monday, November 24, 2014

The Savile Row Tailor – A Brief History

Savile Row, is synonymous with elegance and style and is seen as the pinnacle of tailoring excellence; and is the home of the handmade suit. This once humble street in Mayfair has gone from being a street of residences for military officers and officer’s wives, to a street famous worldwide for tailoring of the highest standards; favoured by Royalty, the rich and famous the world over. It is said that there is none as talented and as well versed in all aspects of tailoring as a Savile Row Tailor.

Savile Row – The Early Years

Savile Row was built between 1731 and 1735 as part of the development of the Burlington Estate. The name was given to Savile Row in honour of the 3rd Earl of Burlington’s wife, Lady Dorothy Savile. Savile Row has not always been associated with prestigious personal tailoring. In the past, the address had more association with adventure and travel, because the Royal Geographical Society occupied No. 1 Savile Row from 1870 to 1912. Pioneering exploration of Asia, Africa and the South Pole were planned at that Savile Row address. Jules Verne placed his main character Philieas Fogg as a resided in Savile Row, in the epic novel, Around the World in Eighty Days.

Other famous names have been associated with Savile Row, including William Pitt the Younger, a British politician from the late 18th century and the Richard Brinsley Sheridan the Irish-born playwright and MP.

The Arrival of the Savile Row Tailor

The late 18th century heralded the arrival of the first Savile Row tailor and in 1846 the Savile Row tailor Henry Poole arrived. Henry Poole was credited as the creator of the dinner jacket otherwise known as the tuxedo and the rest is history, although, the Americans have a different story.

Today Savile Row is considered to be the most important area, in the world of tailoring; and Savile Row tailors are the most highly skilled and accomplished tailors in the world. This reputation for bespoke tailoring is maintained by the Savile Row tailors through their tremendous skill, talent and a commitment to the highest standards of craftsmanship.

Those who understand and can afford the service, consider Savile Row as the only option when choosing a bespoke tailor. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Mick Jagger are just a few of the famous faces who favour Savile Row tailoring. Even the fictional James Bond, is said to have had his garments expertly crafted by a Savile Row Tailor.

Visit Phillip Alexander

Phillip Alexander, hold firm to the notion that perfection is almost achievable and we strive to provide only the best in tailoring of any garment. Visitors are welcomed any time during our opening times but, it’s advisable to make contact before your visit and arrange an appointment, to ensuring you receive full attention.