A Punk Poet

Some not-so-new new tunes on the new turntable in Richard James Bespoke.

Our resident music maestro Kevin – yes, he of Medley’s Melodies and the man who puts the soundtracks together for our runway shows and collection presentations – has gone back to the ’70s and discovered the proto punk poet Patrik Fitzgerald, who, we are pleased to discover, is still performing.

A supplier of ours actually produced a fanzine called Anonymous Society at the time Fitzgerald first emerged and was sent a couple of these 7″ records by his label Small Wonder to review. And having spied our new turntable, he brought them in so we could give them a spin. Playing, top, is Trendy from the Backstreet Boys EP of 1978.

Look and listen out for more rare and esoteric vinyl at the Bespoke store soon.

Richard James Bespoke turntable

Richard James Bespoke turntable

Richard James Bespoke music

 

Square Up

A bit more ombré, that elusively elegant effect that, having appeared on pocket squares (as it does here), wallets and the Savile Row eau de toilette packaging, has become something of a Richard James trademark, underlining our commitment to colour.

Richard James ombre pocket square

Beloved By Royalty

W magazine has been busy getting to the bottom of why Richard James is beloved by royalty, from Diddy to Prince William.

To illustrate his pull, Richard reposes (top) with Richard James-clad actors Tom Bateman, Tom Ellis and Ben Robson while (middle) Bateman and Toby Huntington-Whitely model prototypes of the Swarovski crystal-encrusted evening jackets we made for Elton John and (bottom) Huntington-Whitely is moved by a SS16 My Green Trauma shirt.

Pictures by Walter Pfeiffer.

Richard James W magazine

Richard James W magazine

W magazine Richard James

Tailor Made

Here’s a closer look at the all-new Richard James Bespoke, which now occupies two beautifully fitted-out floors at 19 Clifford Street.

It’s all the work of our lighting, display and general interiors whizz Philip Oakley of, yes, that’s right, the No. 1 neon and other lighting designers and manufacturers Oakley Illuminations.

On the ground floor (top), one is immediately met by Philip’s stunning and reassuring neon likeness of Richard in familiar, patriarchal pose. And then, moving upstairs, we now have a customer lounge and bar (featuring a pair of nice re-upholstered ’60s-vintage French chairs) and a new fitting area, with one of Philip’s own mirrors.

The baroque-come-brutalist wall lights (fourth picture) are apparently Swedish and, again, were manufactured in the ’60s, and the spotlight (bottom) comes from Italy and first saw light (… ) in the early 70s. The picture, which is by Michael Boothby (contact Philip for details), and the greenery all come from closer to home in Hastings.

To celebrate the opening of the new Bespoke store, we have some special, once-only offers on our bespoke and made-to-measure tailoring until Monday 2nd October.

Richard James Bespoke

Richard James Bespoke

Richard James Bespoke

Richard James Bespoke

Richard James Bespoke

Bigger And Better Bespoke

We hope to see you at the new, multi-storey and multifaceted Richard James Bespoke soon!

The once-off, celebratory bespoke and made-to-measure offer (right) is valid until Monday 2nd October.

Richard James Bespoke Savile Row tailor store

New Chair Style

An original, very clean-lined Ernest Race BA3 dining chair in the changing room of the new, multi-storey and multi-faceted Richard James Bespoke store, which opens on Clifford Street on Monday.

The chair has been re-upholstered, chameleon-like, in the same slate grey herringbone wool that you can see on the the walls.

The new Richard James Bespoke store will be unveiled in its entirety on Monday.

Richard James Bespoke Savile Row tailor

 

 

The Sound Of Richard James – 28th August 2017

Falling Rizlas by Actress.


Check In

Shooting our AW17 ivory, black and pink Prince of Wales double-breasted Hyde suit for the online store with Olivier Geraghty of Nevs.

You might (just, from this picture…) recognise Olivier as being one of the models we used at the London Fashion Week Men’s presentation of our SS18 Atlantic collection in June and for the lookbook for the same collection, which, incidentally, will go on sale in January of next year.

We particularly like Olivier because, as well as wearing a suit well, he is also an art director and photographer and, as such, knows something about angles and what is wanted when you’re on the other side of a camera.

The suit is available in-store on Savile Row and at Richard James Online now.

Richard James suit Prince of Wales check

Question Time

Somi Arian interviews our Head Cutter Ben Clarke in the Bespoke store for a film she is making for the Savile Row Bespoke Association about the craft of bespoke tailoring.

Somi’s considered, polished probing and calm demeanour are somewhat in contrast to her not-so-long-ago performances as the vocalist in the lively heavy metal band Mortad (bottom, right).

Richard James Bespoke Savile Row tailoring

 

Somi Arian at Richard James Bespoke Savile Row tailor

In The Picture

Our wall of covers and cuttings has moved to a new position on the first floor of the all-new, multifaceted and multi-storey Richard James Bespoke store, which will be opening on Monday 4th September.

That’s Nick Cave and Elton John in GQ, Liam Gallagher in Vogue, Jarvis Cocker in Elle, Pete Doherty in Esquire and Hugh Grant on the cover of Vanity Fair. And all of them in Richard James.

Richard James Bespoke Savile Row tailor

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