Sock Treatment

People can be funny about socks. Borderline obsessive, even.

Take Socks: The Rule Book (Mitchell Beazley), which we came across on our recent trip to Japan.

Here is a book that tells you everything you could ever want to know about socks (and quite a lot you might not want to know…) expect how, in their singular form, they tend to vanish into thin air.

Washing your socks and preparing them for their next outing The Rule Book way is a particular palaver: hand wash only in warm (not hot) water with non-perfumed soap before rinsing and hanging to dry. But not so they’re bone dry, because it pays to iron them when they’re still on the damp side.

Each to their own, but our seamless, hand-linked Merino socks fit so smoothly and snugly you can probably get away without ironing and they always look more than presentable after – as per their instructions – a 40C machine wash with like colours, which will also leave you more time to expand your horizons in one way or another.

Party Time

A few pictures from last night’s twenty-fifth anniversary bash at Loulou’s on Hertford Street. You might recognise a face or two.

A big thank you to everyone who came for making it the special occasion that it was.

And a big thank you to Loulou’s for having us.

Here’s to the next twenty-five years.

Shooting Stars

Shooting a little something for a our super, soon-to-be-seen new website with Francis Wallis (middle picture) of Familia in the Bespoke store.

Richard James Bespoke

Richard James Bespoke

 

Richard James Bespoke

You And Your Richard James

It is once again time for a traditional ‘You and Your Richard James’ post, this week featuring three very distinct men looking dapper as ever in their Richard James attire.

The first gentleman, Julian Wild, a sculptural artist from Sussex, transports us back in time to our Spring/Summer ’14 collection, showing us how one must always wear a suit to work.

The second gentleman, Gregory Emvy, an interesting young artist from Russia, poses for photographer Kirstin Sinclair in an exquisite Autumn/Winter ’17 Richard James suit made out of a silk that we generally make some nice ties out of, available in our Savile Row store.

And last but definitely not least, it is Mark James showing off our brand new technical fabric overcoat with inner body-warmer, part of the current Autumn/Winter ’17 Camofleur collection.

Why not upload a picture on Instagram of you in your Richard James? Make sure to tag us!

Julian Wild in Richard James

regory Emvy in Richard James

Mark James in Richard James

A Punk Poet

Some not-so-new new tunes on the new turntable in Richard James Bespoke.

Our resident music maestro Kevin – yes, he of Medley’s Melodies and the man who puts the soundtracks together for our runway shows and collection presentations – has gone back to the ’70s and discovered the proto punk poet Patrik Fitzgerald, who, we are pleased to discover, is still performing.

A supplier of ours actually produced a fanzine called Anonymous Society at the time Fitzgerald first emerged and was sent a couple of these 7″ records by his label Small Wonder to review. And having spied our new turntable, he brought them in so we could give them a spin. Playing, top, is Trendy from the Backstreet Boys EP of 1978.

Look and listen out for more rare and esoteric vinyl at the Bespoke store soon.

Richard James Bespoke turntable

Richard James Bespoke turntable

Richard James Bespoke music

 

Square Up

A bit more ombré, that elusively elegant effect that, having appeared on pocket squares (as it does here), wallets and the Savile Row eau de toilette packaging, has become something of a Richard James trademark, underlining our commitment to colour.

Richard James ombre pocket square

Beloved By Royalty

W magazine has been busy getting to the bottom of why Richard James is beloved by royalty, from Diddy to Prince William.

To illustrate his pull, Richard reposes (top) with Richard James-clad actors Tom Bateman, Tom Ellis and Ben Robson while (middle) Bateman and Toby Huntington-Whitely model prototypes of the Swarovski crystal-encrusted evening jackets we made for Elton John and (bottom) Huntington-Whitely is moved by a SS16 My Green Trauma shirt.

Pictures by Walter Pfeiffer.

Richard James W magazine

Richard James W magazine

W magazine Richard James

Tailor Made

Here’s a closer look at the all-new Richard James Bespoke, which now occupies two beautifully fitted-out floors at 19 Clifford Street.

It’s all the work of our lighting, display and general interiors whizz Philip Oakley of, yes, that’s right, the No. 1 neon and other lighting designers and manufacturers Oakley Illuminations.

On the ground floor (top), one is immediately met by Philip’s stunning and reassuring neon likeness of Richard in familiar, patriarchal pose. And then, moving upstairs, we now have a customer lounge and bar (featuring a pair of nice re-upholstered ’60s-vintage French chairs) and a new fitting area, with one of Philip’s own mirrors.

The baroque-come-brutalist wall lights (fourth picture) are apparently Swedish and, again, were manufactured in the ’60s, and the spotlight (bottom) comes from Italy and first saw light (… ) in the early 70s. The picture, which is by Michael Boothby (contact Philip for details), and the greenery all come from closer to home in Hastings.

To celebrate the opening of the new Bespoke store, we have some special, once-only offers on our bespoke and made-to-measure tailoring until Monday 2nd October.

Richard James Bespoke

Richard James Bespoke

Richard James Bespoke

Richard James Bespoke

Richard James Bespoke

Bigger And Better Bespoke

We hope to see you at the new, multi-storey and multifaceted Richard James Bespoke soon!

The once-off, celebratory bespoke and made-to-measure offer (right) is valid until Monday 2nd October.

Richard James Bespoke Savile Row tailor store

New Chair Style

An original, very clean-lined Ernest Race BA3 dining chair in the changing room of the new, multi-storey and multi-faceted Richard James Bespoke store, which opens on Clifford Street on Monday.

The chair has been re-upholstered, chameleon-like, in the same slate grey herringbone wool that you can see on the the walls.

The new Richard James Bespoke store will be unveiled in its entirety on Monday.

Richard James Bespoke Savile Row tailor

 

 

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