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“Like Lennon and McCartney, Edward Sexton’s name is inextricably linked with the late Tommy Nutter. Together they opened their shop Nutters which revolutionised Savile Row. Tommy was the witty, charming front man. Edward was the master cutter who took Tommy’s ideas and made them a reality

Edward was only sixteen when he began as an apprentice at Kilgour French and Stanbury with the legendary Fred Stanbury as his mentor. Ferociously ambitious, he spent his days learning from the master of bespoke tailoring and his nights at the London College of Fashion. In 1967 he joined Donaldson, Williams and Ward in the Burlington Arcade where he cut for customers such as the Royal House of Luxembourg. The young Tommy Nutter was working there as a front of house salesman, and a relationship which was to transform the men’s tailoring business was born.

Nutter used his charm to persuade some influential business people and celebrities to invest in a new venture. Nutters opened its doors on Valentine’s Day 1969. The opening party was memorable for the guest list, which included Lord Montagu, the Duke of Bedford, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Twiggy, Justin de Villeneuve, Paul McCartney and global tycoons Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch, and for the décor which included huge purple candles that were penis shaped.

Nutters’ was the first Savile Row tailor to pioneer the “open window" approach through which could be seen chocolate carpets, mirrored walls and mad architectural salvage from a demolished stately home in Isleworth. Tuxedos dripped from trash cans surrounded by a chorus line of stuffed rats sporting diamond chokers”

James Sherwood