London Collections Men: The London Gentleman
Lord’s cricket ground, the home of the Marylebone Cricket Club, was a smart venue for this season’s presentation by Savile Row Bespoke and various other producers of fine men’s accessories. Here I am in the famous Long Room in a suit by Corneliani (not very English!), shirt by Hilditch & Key, tie by Drake’s, waistcoat by Favourbrook, shoes by Lodger, glasses by Silhouette, and rose bud from my garden.
The display of fine tailoring was as impressive as ever, although I found it impossible to tell who was wearing what. Apparently one was supposed to ask the 70 or models whose outfits they were in, which seemed a long-winded way of finding out. I suggest a neat lapel pin with a number, initials or a colour indicating the tailoring firm that had produced the clothes would be a better system.
As well as occupying the Long Room and the Committee Room, the presentation overflowed to the benches alongside the pitch.
Given the setting, I was pleased to photograph together the Australian Christian Barker, editor-in-chief of billionaire.com, and Englishman Simon Compton, who recently notched his 1,000th post on his site Permanent Style. Congrats to Anda Rowland and Claudie Charles of Anderson & Sheppard for bringing the impressive presentation together. And thanks to Chivas for the whisky.
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