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Making the Cut

Stories of Sartorial Icons by Savile Row’s Master Tailor

Richard Anderson, Dylan Jones

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A lively bible of sartorial know-how from one of Savile Row’s modern master cutters

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Bespoke tailoring has been synonymous with Savile Row for more than 150 years. Its venerable institutions are responsible for producing the world’s most exquisite suits for elite clients who include celebrated entertainers, athletes, businessmen, politicians and royals. Now, as the Row moves firmly into the 21st century, its tailors are embracing unusual fabrics, new colours and modern tastes to update its long-held traditions and reach an ever-broader client base.

Master cutter Richard Anderson has worked on Savile Row for over thirty-five years and co-founded his company, Richard Anderson Ltd, in 2001. Here he introduces the traditional craft of cutting a bespoke suit and garments, showcasing twenty-five classic menswear designs that have been creatively adapted in new and unusual ways for the modern gentleman. Anderson tells the story of each piece, from a rakish red and white seersucker coat to a show-stopping black sequined dinner jacket, and explores the fascinating history of the diverse fabrics and cuts. Original sketches, patterns and photographs reveal the time, dedication and precision that go into creating a truly custom-made piece.

Divided into five sections – Light Fare, Strong Suits, Atypical Tweeds, Top Coats and Regalia Redux – this lively bible of sartorial know-how will inspire anyone looking to commission a bespoke garment of his own.

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'A nerd’s guide to everything from the notch lapel to the rain pinstripe'
The Times

'There are few as qualified to write about the Row as Anderson'

'A must-read for anyone with an interest in the very best of luxury British style'
The Jackal

'Explores the history of the street's most famous creations, and shows you how they're still superbly suited for a modern man's wardrobe'

'Explores some of the most iconic fashion designs for men'
Mail on Sunday

'Highly recommended for all sartorial men and women'
Grey Fox

'A lively bible of sartorial know-how full of insight, information and inspiration'
The Art of Luxury

'Beautifully written and designed'
Business of Fashion, Books of the Year 2018

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 29.0 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Publication date: 19 April 2018

ISBN: 9780500021491

Contents List

Introduction • Light Fare • Strong Suits • Atypical Tweeds • Top Coats • Regalia Redux

About the Author

Richard Anderson has worked on Savile Row for over thirty-five years, having started his career as an apprentice at Huntsman & Co at the age of seventeen. In 2001 he co-founded his own Savile Row company, Richard Anderson Ltd, with Brian Lishak. His memoir Bespoke: Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed was published to great acclaim in 2009.

Dylan Jones is the editor of GQ, and the author of several books, including Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones and Mr Jones’ Rules for the Modern Man.