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Start at: Gieves and Hawkes, 1 Savile Row, 44 20/7432-6403
Many of the great tailors who have worked on Savile Row began their careers at Gieves and Hawkes. Fine suits have been handcrafted here since 1771—which doesn’t mean this tailor’s styles are dated. Current clients include public figures such as Prince William, who appreciates the signature military style of the pieces. Gieves and Hawkes is also revered for its evening attire, including perfectly fitted tuxedos, with or without tails.
Alexander McQueen, 9 Savile Row, 44 20/7494-8840
Opened in 2012, the Alexander McQueen men’s boutique marks the late designer’s return to Savile Row, where, at age 16, he apprenticed with bespoke tailors Anderson and Sheppard and Gieves and Hawkes. McQueen’s aesthetics and cuts appeal to a younger, more adventurous client base. While tailors here can construct a classic black ensemble, they also approach suit design using architectural and graphic techniques that you won’t find in use at tailors down the road.
Bernard Weatherill, 5 Savile Row, 44 20/7292-2581
Two-piece suits from Bernard Weatherill have a relaxed and versatile feel. Since 1910, this bespoke shop has built a reputation of constructing fine suits and menswear items that are as wearable on an evening out as they are during a day of horseback riding in the country. Bernard Weatherill is noted as one of Savile Row’s few remaining tailors that still take commissions for bespoke riding breeches.