“A bespoke suit represents sophisticated, understated style – it is the pinnacle of masculine elegance” – Edward Sexton
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Savile Row bespoke suits are the ultimate in masculine, sartorial luxury. In 1990 Edward Sexton left The Row for one reason: to elevate his work above that of the British bespoke tailoring establishment.
The Signature of Sexton Bespoke
An Edward Sexton bespoke suit not only conforms to the most prestigious traditions of Savile Row, but transcends them; Sexton suits are iconic not only for their perfectly balanced and exceptionally elegant shape, but thanks also to the completely uncompromising and instinctive talent of Edward himself. Edward’s philosophy on bespoke tailoring is legendary and his understanding of the craft unparalleled.
A Sexton bespoke suit is immaculately hand-cut, hand-sewn and hand-finished by the Sexton workshop. Edward and Dominic cut every garment individually, imbuing into the two-dimensional panels of the suit a unique understanding of proportion, finesse, silhouette and tailored structure. These panels are passed to Edward’s bespoke coat makers and trouser makers, talented professionals in their own right, many of whom have worked exclusively with Edward Sexton for many years – developing an understanding of the house’s requirements and enhancing their skills far above those expected by the vast majority of other bespoke tailors. At every stage of the process, aesthetic balance and the necessity of creating an elegant garment is considered; shoulders are strong and masculine, sleeves perfectly pitched into a high, comfortable armhole, coats are cut long and lean whilst lapels sweep across the chest to add a unique sense of stature and sophistication.
It is this elevated and singularly uncompromising approach to craft, combined with a penchant for truly refined, romantic design that Edward has carried with him and imbued into his clothes throughout his career. This understanding continues to define a Sexton bespoke suit today. An Edward Sexton garment is more than a conventional bespoke suit – it is an example of the tailor’s art at its zenith, structured, cut and fitted so as to transcend the conventional standards of British bespoke tailoring – offering not only a beautifully constructed garment, but a garment which is made to enhance, flatter and sit on the customer with unparalleled smoothness, style and stature.
A flawless understanding of design is central to the creation of a Sexton suit. Consequently every commission begins with a design consultation, where the customer can relax and share his requirements for their suit, and receive guidance on how to best achieve the bespoke garment that they envision. Advice on cut, proportion, cloth and styling will be provided accordingly.
A wealth of measurements and assessments of the customer’s stance and physique will be taken and accounted for almost instinctively when the customer’s unique pattern is cut. After a few short weeks, the garment will be basted ready for its first fitting, where the raw skeleton of the suit is assessed on the customer’s body so as to better refine the fit and shape of the garment. This process will be repeated through further fittings until both Edward and the customer are satisfied; as the garment continues to take shape sleeves will be immaculately hand-set, a lining, collar and lapel facings will appear, pocket flaps set in place, topstitching and button-holes hand-sewn – whilst all the time the suit’s form will improve flawlessly with each passing fitting. Only then will a final fitting take place, allowing the customer to experience their finished commission for the first time and for final exacting adjustments to be made.
Customers come from all over the world to Edward Sexton because an Edward Sexton garment represents so much more than a conventional handmade suit. Customers come to commission a superior bespoke garment of unique value, that forms a precious part of the enduring Sexton legend.
“The man should wear the suit; the suit should never wear the man” Edward Sexton