Young, dapper and tailoring change on Savile Row

Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:35am EDT
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By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The next generation of Savile Row tailoring set out its stall this week, revealing a gentle change to centuries of sartorial service.

The 30-something owner of Savile Row stalwart Norton & Sons held an open house that attracted the hip and the young to a gentlemen's bastion that has dressed kings, generals, captains of industry, actors and the aristocracy for centuries.

Patrick Grant, an Oxford MBA from Edinburgh with a passion for clothes, bought the failing business four years ago despite objections from his mother, but with an eye on the tailor's heritage and a long list of faithful clients.

"I've always been into clothes," Grant, 37, told Reuters standing among the suits, military tunics and hunting trophies that dot the club-like rooms of Norton & Sons. "I started wearing my dad's suits when I was 16 or 17."

Grant became the first Savile Row denizen to take part in London Fashion Week last year and as part of men's day this year, invited journalists and the fashion crowd to review his spring/summer 2010 ready-to-wear range: E. Tautz.

The collection of handmade modern suits, trousers, sweaters, ties, shirts and coats at slightly lower prices, provide the opportunity to buy into a revived Savile Row name without breaking the bank on bespoke clothes.

The line is sold at luxury London department store Harrods, high fashion retailer Matches and Beams in Japan, with suits around 2,250 pounds ($3,597), knitwear at 170 pounds and ties around 70 pounds.

Plans for a New York retailer to carry the clothes -- under the revived label of 19th century Savile Row tailor Edward Tautz, which prided itself on being tailors to some of America's best-dressed men -- are under way.   Continued...