"Luxury need not be synonymous with companies founded a century or more ago"
Since 1992 Richard James has quickly established a reputation for itself as a leading luxury brand that has set the standard for contemporary tailoring and menswear.
The first of the ‘New Establishment’ tailors on Savile Row, Richard James is proud to have contributed to revitalising what has long been acknowledged as the world centre for tailoring with its bold, progressive take on the timeless and traditional.
Richard James opened with one small store on Savile Row, a London address that has an incredible history and tradition of tailoring and men’s style spanning almost 200 years. Savile Row is renowned the world over as the byword for the best British tailoring, to the extent that even the Japanese word for suit is ‘Saburo’, a derivation of the street’s name.
We recognise and respect the traditions of Savile Row, but do so with boldness and vibrancy and an eye for the individual.
Our philosophy is to produce classic clothing of unsurpassable quality, but to push the boundaries through design, colour and cut.
Service and expertise is also integral to Richard James. And so too is craftsmanship – we work closely with the best woollen mills and the most exacting artisans in Britain and Italy to design and produce our exclusive fabrics and handmade accessories.
Richard James remains a quintessentially British luxury company but now, with its online service and worldwide stockists operating in tandem with its stand alone shops on Savile Row, it is one with a distinctly international outlook.
Updated classics, timeless yet contemporary design and an exacting attention to detail - Richard James is proud to set the benchmark for Savile Row tailoring, modern menswear and handcrafted accessories.
Richard James shows its Autumn/Winter '14 and Spring/Summer '15 collections at London Collections: Men and launches its new, significantly larger online store.
Richard James Savile Row eau de toilette is relaunched and a new City store is opened at 14a Brushfield Street in Spitalfields, London E1.
Richard James shows its Autumn/Winter '13 and Spring/Summer '14 collections at London Collections: Men in January and June, respectively.
Richard James celebrates its twenty-first birthday by completely redesigning its flagship store at 29 Savile Row, which reopens to critical acclaim in November.
Richard James shows at London Collections: Men, the British Fashion Council's inaugural menswear-specific fashion week.
Richard James enters ecommerce with the launch of its global online shop.
Richard James produces a capsule collection in collaboration with SpongeBob SquarePants.
In conjunction with Swarovski, Richard James produces the wardrobe for Sir Elton John's The Milion Dollar Piano shows at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
Richard James launches Mayfair, its contemporary, entry level line which is available through John Lewis in the UK and Barney's in the United States.
Richard James showcases its Spring/Summer '11 collection with a runway show in London in collaboration with British Esquire magazine.
Richard James hosts its first Far East catwalk show in Mumbai, India.
Richard James is the inaugural winner of the Bespoke Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Council Awards.
Richard James wins British Esquire magazine's Workwear Designer of the Year Award 2008.
Richard James wins Best Advertising Campaign Autumn/Winter '07 in the Wallpaper Magazine Design Award.
Richard James produces a bespoke bicycle in collaboration with British bicycle manager Condor.
Richard James Collection, a new line of four colognes is launched.
Richard James becomes the first Savile Row tailor to open a shop in Tokyo.
Richard James opens another shop, Richard James Bespoke, opposite its Savile Row flagship shop, which is dedicated to bespoke tailoring.
Richard James collaborates with Umbro to produce a limited World Cup football.
Richard James launches its own underwear.
Richard James launches its trainers in conjunction with Tretorn. They sell out within hours and are hailed by British Esquire as 'The world's best trainer'.
Richard James launches its luxury, limited edition Japanese natural indigo raw denim jeans with selvedge.
Richard James opens its own dedicated retail area in Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
Richard James is one of the founding members of the Savile Row Bespoke Association, which is formed by Savile Row tailors to promote and protect the traditions of bespoke tailoring on Savile Row.
Richard James launches its own fragrance, Richard James Savile Row.
Richard James opens a second shop at The Royal Exchange in the City of London financial district.
Richard James receives the coveted Menswear Designer of the Year award from the British Fashion Council.
Richard James is awarded the Designer of the Year award at the British GQ Men of the Year awards.
Richard James stages a catwalk show at the V&A as part of the museum's Fashion in Motion event.
Richard James supplies all the suits for its customer Hugh Grant's wardrobe in the feature film Bridget Jones's Diary.
Richard James moves to 29 Savile Row, the largest premises on Savile Row, which becomes its flagship shop, design studio and showroom.
Richard James launches 'RJ', its luxury leisurewear collection.
Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro wear Richard James camouflage suits on the cover of George magazine.
Tom Cruise opts for a Richard James bespoke midnight blue evening suit for the Oscars.
Richard James is awarded the Evening Standard's Eros Award as Retailer of the Year.
The first Richard James luggage and footwear lines are launched.
Richard James is profiled in a feature on cutting edge British design and style in the defining Cool Britannia edition of Vanity Fair.
Noel and Liam Gallagher wear Richard James on their wedding days and in various Oasis videos.
The first line of Richard James accessories is launched. Belts, wallets and cufflinks fuse classic and contemporary design.
The notorious, banned 'suicide' cinema advertising campaign is launched which shows a Richard James attired man throwing himself off the top of a building. Menswear for every occasion.
In a ringing endorsement of Savile Row's New Establishment tailors, John Morgan reveals in the Sunday Telegraph that the Queen's cousin David Linley is measured for his Richard James suits astride his motorcycle.
Richard James moves to new, 2,000 square-feet premises at 31 Savile Row.
Licensing contracts for bespoke tailoring are attained in Japan.
Increased overseas interest sees Richard James secure wholesale contracts with Bergdorf Goodman in the United States and Beams in Tokyo.
The first Richard James shop opens at 37a Savile Row.
Richard James introduces Saturday opening to Savile Row.
Richard James's arrival on Savile Row is noticed by Nick Sullivan in British Esquire magazine: "There is an odd atmosphere these days in Savile Row. Nothing tangible, you understand. But from time to time, people stop to peer with uncertainty, with incomprehension, even with vague horror through the plate glass window of No. 37a. There's a new boy in The Row and he's causing quite a stir. What's more, he's not a tailor. Richard James is too busy to worry about his neighbours."