One For The Weekend…

A warm, wonderfully easy-wearing look for this autumn-come-winter weekend.

A richly textured llama blend gingham worker jacket and a black shaman print shirt from our current, AW15 Transandine collection.

Worn with our classic English-made 13oz Japanese selvedge denim jeans and doubly-durable Ridgeway sole apron boots.

Bold, beautifully made pieces with trademark Richard James attention to detail.

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.


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On Cue

Sir Tom Jones looking spruce in a three-piece Richard James suit for today’s Q Awards.

Some men just instinctively know how to wear a Savile Row suit.

Tom Jones in a Richard James suit

Scarf Ace


Busy and really quite brilliant Brazilian-born fashion and lifestyle blogger Ione Omena Rangel does us the honour of incorporating a Richard James scarf into her recently aired and altogether elegant ‘schoolgirl chic’ look. Collegial classics meet some modern elements, as she says.

It just goes to show why scarves (or maybe cashmere knits) are the most commonly borrowed item of clothing in a man’s wardrobe.

Ione wears Richard James scarf

Ione wears Richard James scarf

Ione wears Richard James scarf

Reel Inspiration – National Lampoon’s Animal House

Spurned by Faber College’s orthodox, over-officious and over-inflated Omega fraternity, freshmen Larry ‘Pinto’ Kroger (Tom Hulce) and Kent ‘Flounder’ Dorfman (Stephen Furst) find refuge with the more maladjusted Deltas and their thirsty talisman John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky (John Belushi), who have devoted themselves to the simpler, more laissez-faire student pleasures of debauchery and disruption.

In cahoots with the college’s dean, the Omegas plot to have the Deltas drummed out of Faber and thus eligible for the draft and, what with it being 1962, a possible trip to Vietnam…

Riotous and rather rude, John Landis’s National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) is best known for being the grandaddy of frat-pack movies, but it also affords, in the shape of the paranoid puffhead English teacher Dave Jennings (Donald Sutherland), a look at – all velvet soft and artfully rumpled – quite possibly the most stylish corduroy suit ever seen on film.

Donald Sutherland Animal House

Donald Sutherland Animal House

Richard James corduroy suit

Richard James AW15 corduroy suit, blue shaman print shirt, shaman print pocket square and gold embroidered slippers.

The Sound Of Richard James – 6th October 2015

It’s Over by Golden Rules.

Sheep Trick

Here’s Adam looking the part in the bespoke suit we made for today’s somewhat soggy Sheep on the Row with the wonderful Italian mill Vitale Barberis Canonico 1663.

We looked to the ‘30s and cut a two-piece suit from a beautifully soft grey 100% wool (naturally) flannel. The jacket has peak lapels and patch pockets and the trousers feature a high waistband and pleats. All the time-honed craftsmanship and attention to detail you expect from a bespoke Savile Row suit.

Sheep on the Row is open to all until 6pm today.

Richard James Bespoke Savile Row suit

Richard James bespoke Savile Row suit

Sheep on Savile Row

Sheep on Savile Row

Richard James bespoke Savile Row suit

Sheep On The Row

There will be real sheep a gamboling and a grazing on real grass on our famous street again next Monday, 5th October.

The succinctly titled Sheep on the Row marks the start of The Campaign for Wool’s Wool Week and is supported by The Woolmark Company.

The day long shebang will also afford visitors a look at the intricate processes involved in transforming wool fleece into fabric, an exhibition of the incredible landscapes of the main wool producing countries of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK and a live model presentation of twenty-five stunning bespoke outfits that have been made by various tailoring houses, each of them in partnership with a leading woollen cloth producing mill. British GQ will also be on hand to undertake a bit of ‘wool street style’ reportage. It all goes to show what an indispensable part of our work wool is.

We’ve worked with the fine Italian mill Vitale Barberis Canonico for the occassion and have looked to the ’30s and made a two-piece bespoke Savile Row suit from a beautifully soft grey wool (naturally…) flannel. The jacket has peak lapels and patch pockets and the trousers feature a high waistband and pleats. Our head cutter says it’s a real man’s suit.

For a taste of what to expect, the final four pictures (right) show what Savile Row looked like the last time we welcomed some sheep for Savile Row Field Day in 2010.

Sheep on the Row will be open to the public from 10am until 6pm on Monday 5th October. And entry is free.

Sheep on the Row

Savile Row Field Day

Savile Row Sheep Day

Savile Row Sheep Day

Savile Row Sheep on the Row

Savile Row Sheep on the Row

The Tower Of Babel

“This is London in all its retail glory, our city in the beginning of the 21st century and I’m asking, how does it make you feel?” So says Barnaby Barford of his stunning and fascinating six metre high The Tower of Babel, which you can see at the V&A.

Well, we certainly felt very pleased when we found out that our Bespoke shop on Clifford Street had been reproduced as one of the piece’s constituent 3,000 bone china miniatures (see right, bottom) and features towards the very top of the Tower (the bottom begins with boarded up places and works itself up through pound shops and beyond…) and told Barnaby so. “Because you are an important part of London!” he replied.

Barnaby cycled over 1,000 miles when he was making his tower and took pictures of over 6,000 shops, from the least toothsome High Street chicken shops to the grandest auction houses and exacting Bespoke Savile Row tailors like us. He then selected 3,000 of his pictures and used them to produce china miniatures of their subjects. And then he used said miniatures to build his tower, “a monument to the pastime of shopping, perhaps the principal leisure pursuit of contemporary British society,” which also clearly demonstrates the stark fragility of our economy as well as the great diversity of London and the increasing gap between its haves and have nots.

Cannily, each of the miniatures is for sale, with prices starting at £95 for something derelict to £6,000 for the finest fine art gallery. You get, as they say, what you pay for.

The Tower of babel

Richard James Bespoke Savile Row tailor from Tower of Babel

The Sound Of Richard James – 21st September 2015

Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde by Nicolas Godin.

How to wear… a poncho

By popular demand, a quick look at how to wear a poncho, which you might well recognise from the runway (right, bottom) at our online-now AW15 Transandine collection show and which you will currently find in the Savile Row store.

Originating in South America many moons ago and popularised by wet-weather motorcyclists and the military in more recent times, lest we forget the poncho is a remarkably adaptable and practical piece.

Ours are hand-made in Wales from a beautiful Geelong wool and are wonderfully comforting and warming to wear.

So, as well as wearing it in the classic, what you could call Clint Eastwood-style (middle drawing), make good use of them by wrapping them around (top drawing) and knotting them (bottom drawing).

And, as per our runway shot at the bottom, don’t worry about mixing an matching your colours as you’re likely to attract a bit of attention anyway.

3 Way poncho


Richard James Savile Row tailor poncho