Getting Valet

More of our latest addition to the Bespoke shop, our beautifully made and perfectly practical Gentleman’s Valet Company valet.

Just the job if you’re going to follow our advice and air your jacket or suit overnight before slipping it back in the wardrobe. And for ensuring you’re properly prepared for the day ahead with any cufflinks or baubles or the like safely and stylishly to hand.

The Gentleman’s Valet Company came to be in 2007 when bespoke furniture maker and former fashion photographer Sam Brown was commissioned to make a valet for a not unknown interior designer. He was very much taken by the result of his labours and decided to concentrate his efforts purely on making valets. Now he produces various models – to order and by hand in walnut or oak – in his workshop in Tottenham, north London.

Our very handsome example is the Skull Hatstand Valet in walnut.  At approximately six weeks (or a bit under if you’re lucky), turnaround time for a standard valet is not a lot less than one of our own bespoke Savile Row suits, which will tell you how much work goes into it.

Richard James Bespoke Savile Row tailor valet

 

Richard James bespoke Savile Row tailor

Richard James bespoke Savile Row tailor valet

The Sound Of Richard James – 23rd March 2015

Exit Strategy by Sandunes.

3 Ways To Wear… The Classic Navy Blazer

Dress it up or dress it down, the classic navy blazer is a must-have for any man’s wardrobe.

Cut from our beautifully balanced, modern classic Hyde block in a super-soft, subtly textured 100% wool hopsack.

Wear it with charcoal fine twill trousers, a deep pink Oxford tie and black Derbies (left), a Desert Rats knit, jeans and apron boots (centre) or a dark sand military shirt, grey cotton twill trousers and apron boots (right). All available now from the Savile Row store and Richard James Online.

All online orders addressed to London postcodes – E, SE, SW, W, NW, N – made by 12 noon from Monday to Friday are now delivered on the same day.

Richard James Savile Row tailor blazer

Model Behaviour

Behind the scenes at this week’s SS15 Desert Rats shoot with super snapper Ani Sarpe (top, left), magnificent model Issac B of Models 1 (top, centre, naturally…) and scintillating stylist Irene (top, right).

And, below, pre-eminent make up man Nariman Pouranpir and the rest of the very talented Richard James team.

All of Isaac’s clothes are available in-store on Savile Row and online with the rest of our SS15 Desert Rats collection now.

Richard James Savile Row tailor shoot

 

Richard James Savile Row tailor shoot

Richard James Savile Row tailor shoot

Skull Over

A new arrival at Richard James Bespoke.

A handsome and perfectly practical Gentleman’s Valet Company valet takes up position in the changing rooms.

More of him in all his glory to follow.

Valet at Richard James Bespoke Savile Row tailor

Boat Show

We’re very flattered that yacht and aircraft designer and architect extraordinaire Andrew Winch nominated one of our bespoke suits as his own favourite piece of design in Boat International.

Here (below) is an excerpt of what he has to say about his choice, which gives a first-hand insight into what a good suit can do for a man and reveals how, through making the customer the focal point of the design process, we work to ensure that each of our bespoke suits reveals a little something of the character of its owner.

Read the entire piece in the April ’15 issue of Boat International, which is on the news stands now.

Four years ago, I decided to improve my attire. I had had a few suits made in the past, by no one in particular, but I wanted to treat myself because we were about to celebrate 25 years of Andrew Winch designs.

I did my research, looked at the options, and thought that Richard James was the best fit for me. His cut was comfy, the suits were not too flamboyant but, at the same time, they were individual: I did not want to stand out.

The first suit I had made was a black-tie outfit for the anniversary party itself, which was held in Mayfair. When the tailor came to measure me, a wonderfully old-school character, I realised what my clients must feel like when I design them a yacht.

When I said that I needed a slightly longer cuff, I trusted him and found that I really loved having something custom-made to me. When I wear that suit I stand straighter. I feel like I have a better physique and I feel empowered. No one has the perfect body, but it is a wonderful feeling when you put something on and feel proud…

Richard James Savile Row bespoke suit in Boat International

Boat International April 2015(cover).

 

The Sound Of Richard James – 10th March 2015

Why Don’t You Believe In Me? by Natalie Prass.

Button It

Putting a nice horn ‘button under turn’ (under the turn of the collar) on a beautifully coloured 20oz Harris Tweed jacket for a Bespoke customer in France.

And, bottom but one, the jacket buttoned up against the elements.

Richard James Savile Row bespoke tailor

Richard James Savile Row bespoke tailor

Richard James Savile Row bespoke tailor

Richard James Savile Row bespoke tailor

Richard James Savile Row bespoke tailor

Richard James Savile Row bespoke tailor

You And Yours

More of you in your Richard James.

Here’s our favourite, ever dapper New York Criminal Defence Attorney Mitch Salaway in the course of defending a burglary case.

The game plan, he tells us, is to “distract the jury with Richard James suit, shirt and tie.”

But will it work?

“Looking good always distracts from that damning evidence.”

Do feel free to send us pictures of you in your Richard James.

M Salaway in Richard James Savile Row suit, shirt and tie

M Salaway in Richard James Savile Row suit, shirt and tie.

Savile Row Comes To The City!

We are delighted to announce some very special offers to introduce our renowned Savile Row bespoke and made-to-measure tailoring to the Brushfield Street store in the City:

Bespoke – £3,500 inc. VAT (usual price £4,020)

Handmade to Measure – £1,750 inc. VAT (usual price £2,085)

Made to Measure – £995 inc. VAT (usual price £1,300)

Prices quoted are for a two-piece suit in a selection of Richard James fabrics.

By appointment only – please call Brushfield Street on (0)20 7247 5066.

Offers valid until Tuesday 31st March at the City store, 14a Brushfield Street, E1 6AN, only.

Richard James Savile Row tailor Brushfield Street store