London might be renowned for always being cutting edge when it comes to the latest fashions, but that doesn’t mean that the capital has lost touch with its roots and heritage. And when it comes to men’s suits, nothing beats the craftsmanship that can be found on Savile Row—London’s most exclusive tailoring street. Here we round up our must-visit stores for the dapper gentleman that’s looking to be a cut about the rest:
Gieves & Hawkes, 1 Savile Row
Situated at Savile Row’s most prestigious address, Number 1, Gieves & Hawkes is a legendary institution that is a hallmark of tailors everywhere. Having been in business for over 200 years makes Gieves & Hawkes the ultimate authority when it comes to men’s suits and you can expect each cutter working with you on your suit to have at least 10 years experience. Unparalleled service and accessibility makes this legendary institution your first port of call if you’re new to Savile Row.
Henry Poole, 15 Savile Row
Also in the business for over 200 years, Henry Poole are renowned for their attention to detail and bespoke service. With a full range of offerings, including the option to tailor court dress for both men and women, Henry Poole remains a firm favourite of Savile Row. And with a crest that bears the inscription ‘By Special Appointment to the Late Emperor Napoleon III,’ you can be rest assured that you will leave with a garment that goes above and beyond your expectations.
Richard James, 29 Savile Row
Somewhat of a newcomer to the Savile Row pack, having only been around for 15 years, Richard James has nevertheless managed to catch and hold their customers’ attention. Having already scooped up the British Fashion Awards Bespoke Designer of the Year prize, this tailor offers a wide selection of fabrics, including needlecord and Egyptian cotton, for a truly decadent suit. Add to that the slim, clean silhouette that they are renowned for, and you’ll soon fall in love with the exquisite craftsmanship of this tailor.
Hardy Amies, 14 Savile Row
Truly the tailor to choose if you’re after a quintessential gentleman’s look, the team at Hardy Aimes work incredibly hard to ensure you have a look that’s unique and perfect. At times requiring several fittings and up to twenty measurements, Hardy Aimes’ service is unparalleled for the quality of the fit of their suits, whilst their ready-to-wear collections offer a more contemporary feel to the classic models.
Huntsman, 11 Savile Row
Founded back in 1849, Huntsman epitomises true British style and has done so throughout the decades. At one point responsible for creating the dapper look of acting legends such as Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck, today Huntsman offers a ready-to-wear collection, as well as a bespoke service for both men and women, and is a firm favourite at London Collections: Men’s.