Trouser Problem

Sage advice from our customer Mr P. Oakley of Hastings: desist from wearing anything from the Richard James/SpongeBob SquarePants capsule collection of 2011 when visiting Iran.

Mr Oakley (pictured right wearing his own Richard James/SpongeBob shirt and tie) draws our attention to this week’s case of  the Iranian footballer Sosha Makani (pictured right, bottom) being suspended from plying his trade for six months for wearing a pair of yellow SpongeBob SquarePants trousers in public.

The ban was imposed by the Iranian football federation’s morality committee. “We took this decision because of his appearance and the impact it can have on the society,” an official was quoted as saying.

Richard James SpongeBob shirt

 

SpongeBob trousers

Fine And Dandy

Here’s the moodboard and, below, the traditionally overwritten theme for our Spring/Summer ’17 Dandy Kim collection, which we will be showing at our London Collections: Men presentation on Sunday.

SS17 DANDY KIM

“Image is everything, substance is irrelevant, perception is reality. Image trumps all.”

Michael Dandy Kim Caborn-Waterfield, from a less innocent age.

Our Spring/Summer ‘17 collection snaps the brim of its toquilla straw hat down sharply and speeds across the shimmering, sun-slapped cyan sweep of the Straits of Florida to hedonistic ‘50s Havana in the company of the enchanting, exquisitely attired British gentleman adventurer and contrebandier Michael Dandy Kim Caborn-Waterfield.

So-called for his copious collection of stunningly cut Savile Row suits, Dandy Kim took leave of his Chelsea habitat for a suite at the palatial La Plaza hotel in Havana and a stirring spell of sub-rosa shenanigans in 1958, his ice-cool countenance and sartorial schtick slipping seamlessly into his steamy, seductive new surroundings.

This is a softly sun-bleached collection that captures all the energy and intrigue of Cuba’s capital as the pleasure seekers’ playground par excellence, a theatre of intoxicating thrills set against the rumblings of revolution, a breathtaking background of fading colonial splendour and the brave new world of ‘30s tropical deco architecture.

Linen and subtly distinct two-faced linen and cotton blends feature prominently in tailoring and keep the double-breasted jackets and wide, high-waisted and sharply pleated trousers cool and beautifully crisp.

Delicate pink, blue and mint pastels are punctuated by stinging bright neon accents of the same hue.

Mesmerising, finely detailed prints push forward on shirtings, ties and pocket squares, capturing the fantastical form of tropical art deco Havana as it basks in the almost hallucinogenic haze of the searingly hot Caribbean sun.

Join us as we survey this provocative, altogether stimulating spectacle through the eager eyes of that most charming of Chelsea chancers and resplendent of roués, Dandy Kim.

Richard James SS17collection moodboard

A Fitting Experience

A fitting in the showroom for Sunday’s SS17 London Collections: Men presentation with stylist Kenny Ho.

 

Richard James tailor SS17 LCM

Cover Shot

Our SS16 turquoise Big Jungle Leaves suit on the cover of today’s City A.M. Bespoke magazine.

Original Richard James print design.

Richard James suit in City AM

Richard James suit in City AM

An Invitation

The invitation for our SS17 London Collections: Men presentation this Sunday.

All will be revealed soon…

Richard James LCM SS17 invitation

Square Deal

Our supremely seductive Savile Row eau de toilette is now available at WallpaperSTORE with a complimentary silk pocket square in the same design as its box!

Richard James fragrance at WallpaperStore

Bespoke Diary – Canvassing Support

At work canvassing a birdseye ladies’ suit coat.

Canvassing is the art of unifying the layers of fabric, building the shape of the client into the suit to create an excellent fit.

Stitching three or four layers of fabric into the cloth, whether it is traditional horsehair or cotton, creates the main shape of the suit which is known as a ‘floating canvas’. This can be manipulated and adjusted until it is perfect for the client because, as we know only too well at Richard James Bespoke, no one body shape is the same.

The canvassing process also allows for the eventual exterior fabric of the suit to naturally drape, giving a clean, tailored and distinctly bespoke look.

Free Shipping for Father’s Day!

Free shipping on ALL Richard James Online orders of £100 and more for Father’s Day, this fast-approaching Sunday June 19th!

From polished silver hematite cufflinks and a stunning silk and linen windowpane jacket to fail-safe Richard James gift cards and much more…

Perfect presents for discerning dads everywhere.

Free shipping offer valid until midnight UK time on Tuesday 14th June.

All online orders addressed to London postcodes – E, SE, SW, W, NW, N – made by 12 noon UK time from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) can be delivered on the same day.

Richard James Savile Row tailor gift guide

Cast Off

Casting at the Bespoke store for our Spring/Summer ’17 presentation at London Collections: Men, which is taking place across the road at the Savile Row store a week on Sunday.

We like to start early to avoid overly long queues forming and leave a little room inside for our customers…

Richard James Savile Row tailor

A Perfect Summer Suit

An elegant, unbeatably adaptable silver and sky blue Prince of Wales check.

In a finely woven and beautifully breathable Super 150s wool.

A perfect warm weather suit, whether you’re at work or play.

Just one of over thirty seasonal Richard James suits at the Savile Row store and Richard James Online now.

All online orders addressed to London postcodes – E, SE, SW, W, NW, N – made by 12 noon UK time from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) can be delivered on the same day.

Richard James suit - grey summer check