March 1, 2017
On The Tiles
Our softly sun bleached Dandy Kim collection looks to ‘50s Havana; the sights, sounds and colours all gave life to it.
As featured on a couple of pocket squares (one of which can be seen here) and a knit (bottom right) our deco flower was inspired by the colourful, handmade encaustic tiles (pictured are a couple from our SS17 moodboard) which have become synonymous with Cuban architecture.
Originating in Spain, the tiles were first imported into the country towards the end of the 1800s. As their popularity grew, Cuba became home to the then largest tile factory in the world, La Cubana, which was founded in 1903.
Mindful military man turned Madison Avenue member of staff Tom Rath (Gregory Peck) contemplates love lost and a not so distant past when life amounted to something more meaningful than nose-to-the-grind anonymity and a monthly emolument.
The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (1956) contemplates what you might call the creeping corporate collectivisation of Fifties society and one man’s noble struggle to escape it and put family values first, shedding his aforementioned uniform whistle in the process.
Once very much the carapace of the commuting salary-man, the grey flannel suit has now taken on classic style status, an effortlessly adaptable, ever-smart piece that no man’s wardrobe should be without come winter or, indeed, in cool-wearing featherweight form (below), come spring and summer.
February 16, 2017
We’re twenty-five this year!
Yes, it’s been a whole quarter of a century since we first opened our doors on Savile Row, and caused a little bit of a buzz and some slight consternation in doing so….
To mark the occasion we’ve been looking through our archives and will be posting a few images of some memorable moments and episodes on Instagram and Twitter. Search for #RichardJames25 if you’d like to have a look.
Here, to get things started, we have our first seasonal advertising image from Spring/Summer 2000, a piece (featuring some handsome men) from the Sunday Times Style of 25th June 1995 about our then new 2,000 sq ft store at 31 Savile Row (we have since moved to bigger premises at No. 29…) and a picture of our friend Philip Oakley’s (yes, he of Philip Oakley Illuminations) wonderful real snow snowmen (Dick, we think. They were called Dick and Jim…) in the window of the Savile Row store for Christmas 2014.
The restoration work at 67 Brook Street is done and dusted and the green plaque honouring the Bee Gees association with the building is again there for all to see.
Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, Mama Cass Elliott and… the Bee Gees. The spirit of Mayfair’s hell raisin’ rock and roll residents past is well and truly stayin’ alive.
February 9, 2017
Our own Myles and a copy of the latest Popeye, which features… Myles.
Following in the wake of the Take Ivy movement of the fifties and embracing all things that would shortly become known as Ametora, the self-styled Magazine for City Boys famously came to be in Tokyo in 1976 and remains one of the most relevant pop culture and men’s fashion and style publications in the world.
Hence the picture of Myles.
February 7, 2017
Take A Letter
A couple of ’50s vintage menus from the Tropicana in Havana, which at that time was very much the peripatetic pleasure seekers’ nightclub and casino du jour. No surprise then that it attracted the attention of Michael Dandy Kim Caborn-Waterfield, the celebrated gentleman adventurer and contrebandier who gave his moniker to our new Havana-inspired SS17 collection…
We took the typeface of the Tropicana logo and tweaked it (not copied it, if you’re reading and were wondering about copyright, Mr Tropicana) very slightly to come up with the design for our engaging SS17 Tropicana print pocket squares (bottom, right).
February 3, 2017
Meet Dandy Kim
Our new SS17 Dandy Kim collection is at the Savile Row store and Richard James Online now.
Fresh, new-season suits, jackets, shirts… And more coming soon.
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…
Shown here is a marked out pattern for a sleeve, which our Head Cutter Ben Clarke is working on.
The challenge is to accommodate the client’s difficulty with shoulder movement which, he says, makes putting on a jacket quite awkward.
Rising to the occasion, Ben made a pattern to enable him to cut the sleeve ‘on the bias’ – going slightly against the grain of the cloth – as opposed to the standard way (the straighter markings for which can be faintly seen). The ‘bias cut’ sleeve will allow the fabric to stretch more, making it easier for the client to slip on the jacket.
It’s all about accommodating the individual at Richard James Bespoke.
Our 2017 Bespoke special offers are now available until the 4th of March.
January 30, 2017
Painting a backdrop for a shoot for our SS17 Dandy Kim collection, which is arriving in-store on Savile Row and at Richard James Online very soon…
Overall, the colour here is a touch more pronounced than you will see in the collection, a little of which you can see on the bottom right. Softly sun-bleached is how we describe it. With delicate pink, blue and mint pastels punctured by stinging bright neon accents of the same hue…
You will be able to see it all for yourself shortly.