Here Comes The Cavalry

The Household Cavalry arrives in fine style for lunch at Buck’s Club (home of the Buck’s Fizz, if you didn’t know), which is just to the rear of the Bespoke shop.

Never before have we seen valet horse parking.

The Household Cavalry consists of members of the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, the two oldest and most senior regiments in the British Army.

Buck’s was founded in June 1919 by Captain H J Buckmaster and other members of the Blues & Royals and, as you can see, the association with the regiment continues to this day.

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Household Cavalry - Richard James Savile Row tailor blog

Household Cavalry - Richard James Savile Row tailor blog

Ice Link

We don’t generally make it our business to recommend apparel or accessories that don’t bear our own name, but we’re happy to make an exception here with these fine Antarctica cufflinks (right, below) that our friend and customer Dr James Townsend has kindly sent us from his chilly (-13.9 C today…) billet that remains the Halley VI Research Station in, yes, Antarctica.

The cufflinks are from the on-site Halley VI shop, which stocks a handsome range of commemorative gifts, including t-shirts, hats and ties. Best check the opening hours before making the trip.

James (bottom, right, demonstrating that Richard James made-to-measure suits are as practical and adaptable in the Antarctic as they are stylish) swapped the everyday challenge of A&E in central London for a stint as medical officer at the furthest British point south in December 2012 and was due back in Blighty next month. But, having got as far as the Falklands, he stoically volunteered to return to Halley VI on hearing that his replacement wasn’t going to be staying for as long as expected and it was likely the whole show would be shut down for the winter without him. So now he’s back where he came from, the first British doctor to ‘double winter’ in the Antarctic for a touch under fifty years.  And winter in the Antarctic means 24-hour darkness for 105 consecutive days, lows of -55 C and the company of a colony of penguins.

“The last planes left just the other day,” reports James. “So there’s just the thirteen of us now, starting to get ready for the rapidly approaching ravages of winter and the three months of darkness that come with it.”

Maybe a pair of cashmere socks or two would serve as a suitable thank you for the cufflinks.

Keep up to date with James’s progress with his fascinating 103 Days of Darkness tumblr diary and by following AntarcticDoc on Twitter.

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From the Halley VI Research Station

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Halley VI Research Station

Antarctic cufflink Richard James Savile Row tailor

British Antarctic Survey Antarctica cufflinks

Antarctic map on Richard James Savile Row tailor blog

Antarctica – Halley VI is on the north-west coast, near the aptly named Coats Land

Richard James Savile Row tailor customer James Townsend

James Townsend wears Richard James made-to-measure in Antarctica

 

The Sound Of Richard James – 7th March 2014

Busy Earnin’ by Jungle.

A Bit Of Bomber

A nice picture of our sublimely soft English-made SS14 lavender suede bomber.

As seen in The Week’s out-now biannual Fashion supplement.

With two side pockets, two inside pockets, an inside pen pocket, ivory satin lining, single button cuffs, buttoning side adjuster detail and a single button fastening at the collar.

A delightfully easy wearing but sharply cut jacket for slightly more relaxed times.

At the Savile Row store and stockists now.

James Savile Row tailor lilac suede bomber

Spring/Summer ’14 lavender suede bomber as seen in The Week Fashion

Screen Test

A real bit of sun on Savile Row this week for the first time since we unveiled our finely redesigned flagship store at no. 29 last November and the fancy-dan dichroic screen bursts into life.

We were initially under the impression that the screen (which all but dissects the shop, separating our seasonal collection from our year-round classics) possessed almost human qualities, changing in radiance and colour and blossoming or shrinking depending on who was passing by and how hot or not and generally imposing they were.

But no, it’s all down to the intensity of the light and the colours your filter allows through and bounces out.

Here the screen’s fairly luminescent greens and pinks work nicely to set off a superbly crisp, slim-cut, single-button 100% wool navy and white peaked lapel pin dot suit.

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A suit and the screen at Richard James Savile Row

Richard James Savile Row tailor store

Dichroic screen close up at 29 Savile Row

The Sound Of Richard James – 26th February 2013

Flicker by Shivum Sharma.

Reel Inspiration – The Limey

Mono-monikered Wilson (Terence Stamp) is knocking on a bit and knows it, but not so much (he likes to think) to keep him from exacting one pressing and unapologetically pitiless act of revenge.

Fresh from the clink, the intensely contemplative and not overly chirpy cockney career criminal makes for Los Angeles to investigate the death of his estranged daughter, Jenny, who, he soon discovers, was romantically intertwined with an ageing record producer and legendary lothario called Valentine (Peter Fonda). “You tell him. You tell him I’m coming!” exclaims Wilson (see the clip) after proudly demonstrating to a trio of Valentine’s associates that advancing years have yet to hinder his ability to handle himself. “Tell him I’m ****ing coming!”

More than a classic tale of payback and salute to films of that ilk (for Wilson think Lee Marvin’s Walker in John Boorman’s 1967 neo-noir Point Blank), Steven Soderbergh’s taut, superbly stylish The Limey (1999) deftly reflects on the passing of time and those moments and opportunities lost to it, not least by neatly using footage of the young Stamp in Poor Cow (1967) as Wilson and dropping references to Fonda’s role in the period defining Easy Rider (1969).

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Terence Stamp is Wilson in Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey

Richard James Savile Row tailor Navy Zip Front Blouson

Richard James Spring/Summer ’14 navy zip-front cotton blouson

Spring/Summer ’14 navy zip-front blouson at Richard James Online, the Savile Row store and stockists.

Window Dressing

A nice, rather ethereal, from-the-outside-looking-in shot of our Leica X Vario window display at the Bespoke shop.

And, below, one of the pictures – all taken with the X Vario by our friend Ani Sarpe – that forms a part of the mini Intimacy of Bespoke exhibition that is running concurrently at the shop with our must-see 2014 special bespoke tailoring offers. Bespoke Savile Row suits and more.

You have until Friday February 28th – the end of the month – to catch both of them.

Richard James Bespoke Savile Row suit Leica display

The Leica X Vario at Richard James Bespoke

Richard James Bespoke Savile Row suit by Leica

The Intimacy of Bespoke at Richard James Bespoke with the Leica X Vario

Sapeurs And Philosophers

Dress-down Friday has never really taken off in the Congo.

The Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes (The Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People) or Les Sapeurs of both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighbouring Brazzaville-Congo have much better things to be getting on with. A civil, peace loving people in a horribly war torn part of the world, this unique body of men offers a dandified masterclass in dignity.

The history of Les Sapeurs can be traced back to the influence of the French colonisation of the Congo in the early part of of the 20th Century and, in particular, 1922 when one Grenard André Matsoua, a native Congolese, returned from a trip to Paris dressed as the nattiest, most outré Frenchman ever. Needless to say, his appearance was greeted with much enthusiasm and quickly copied, and so was born the first Grand Sapeur.

Now, as then, Sapeurs-style is all about flamboyance though, curiously, it is not without constraints: not more than four colours (including white) should be worn at once. And by contrast, while Les Sapeurs of Brazzaville more than like a splash of colour, those of Kinshasa prefer a subtler, more monochrome look.

The pictures and the Guinness documentary (bottom) here are by Hector Mediavilla, the Spanish photographer and documentary filmmaker who first encountered Les Sapeurs in 2003 and has been in understandable awe of them ever since. His stunning book S.A.P.E.: Society of Atmosphere Setters and Elegant People  was published in 2013 and he has now shot a new Guinness campaign in which Les Sapeurs are very much the stars.

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© Héctor Mediavilla, all rights reserved

Les Sapeurs - Richard James Savile Row tailor blog

© Héctor Mediavilla, all rights reserved

Les Sapeurs - Richard James Savile Row tailor blog

© Héctor Mediavilla, all rights reserved

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The Sound Of Richard James – 10th February 2014

The Heat by Jungle.