Another LC:M has come and gone in a flurry of catwalks, canapés and sophisticated conversation. Although commonly associated with the rather outré realm of high-fashion, the world of fine tailoring also has a significant presence at London Collections, representing British bespoke at its finest, and this season we at Edward Sexton were fortunate enough to be involved in a number of exclusive projects, including a unique collaboration with a rather original designer fashion brand and the ever-impressive showcase of the Savile Row Bespoke Association.
Even so, before work began, there was a little fun to be had. The Rake magazine’s celebration at Claridge’s always opens LC:M on the evening before the catwalks kick-off and celebrates the creativity of the British fashion scene, bringing the magazine’s favourite artisans and designers together to celebrate the continued renaissance of luxury style and craftsmanship that is currently gathering pace. As such, the soirée provides a rare opportunity to catch-up with colleagues and fellow craftsmen en masse, share a glass or two of champagne and generally get into the fashionable swing of things. Edward and Dominic attended the party, having cut a lightweight checked three piece suit for The Rake’s Founder & Editor-in-Chief Wei Koh, which he wore on the evening.
Wei Koh Being fitted
A thoroughly glamorous evening, as one expects of The Rake, notable guests included Savile Row Bespoke Chairman Pierre Lagrange, the creative team from Gieves & Hawkes, Parisian tailors Cifonelli and Camps de Luca as well as menswear journalist Simon Crompton, for whom we also recently cut one of our signature double-breasted grey merino flannel suits. You can read his thoughts on the project here (Permanent Style) . Sexton also collaborated with Permanent Style and The Rake magazine at an exclusive bespoke tailoring symposium which took place at Pitti Uomo in Florence the week after, more on that is to come. Edward also ran into former protégé Davide Taub at The Rake’s party, who worked at Edward Sexton for two years between 2008-2010. Now the talented Head Cutter at Gieves & Hawkes, the architectural quality and sharp lines of Davide’s work are extremely impressive and not dissimilar from our own.
With festivities concluded, the first of the events we were involved in took place, namely the Savile Row Bespoke Association showcase – ‘Savile Row Inside Out’ an an artful exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, put on in partnership with The Woolmark Company. Savile Row Bespoke is an organisation of which Edward Sexton is proud to be a member, founded to protect Savile Row’s unique identity and promote the bespoke community’s superior craft and working practices.
To this end, tailors were given individual plinths on which to display basted and finished garments, emphasising the remarkable and lengthy transformation a bespoke suit makes from its conception to completion. Displaying partially finished garments also gave attendees the opportunity to explore how different tailors treat and construct their canvasses and coat internals. We supplied both a basted and finished double-breasted charcoal flannel coat for the display, styled by us with one of our signature raw silk reppe stripe ties and a crisp white Edward Sexton tab-collar shirt. Menswear Stylist and long-time customer Tom Stubbs visited the exhibition wearing a soft brown double-breasted chalkstripe suit cut by Edward Sexton, naturally. The exhibition was a pleasure to take part in and thanks must go to both Savile Row Bespoke and Woolmark for organising it.
We had one more collaboration still to come with Woolmark over the course of London Collections: Men, one which was rather more fashion focused, but it rather warrants an entry all of its own… stay tuned.