London Collections:Men Spencer House
The Gentlemen’s Houses of Savile Row, Mayfair and St. James in association with The Woolmark Company requested the pleasure of my company for an event that was styled as The English Gentleman at Spencer House. This mansion alongside Green Park, which is London’s only surviving private palace from the 18th century, proved to a superb venue for the presentation of the fine work of the capital’s pre-eminent tailors, shirtmakers, hatters, shoemakers, accessory manufacturers, perfumers and wine merchants.
More than 60 models were arranged in themed groups across seven rooms of the house. To be picky, not all the outfits were perfect fits on the models, but given that the bespoke outfits had been made for other people, the overall effect was mightily impressive.
Congratulations must go to Anda Rowland, CEO of Anderson & Sheppard, whose idea it all was and who is credited in bringing it all together. Jo Levin of British GQ styled the presentation, ably assisted by the talented Sammy Aki, who was her usual beaming self.
Even though the low lighting in the palace was not ideal, and it was difficult to work out whose outfit was from which firm or firms, The English Gentleman at Spencer House was, for me, by far the most elegant, stylish and impressive event of the three days of London Collections:Men.
On my tour I was buttonholed (no pun intended) by tailoring legend Edward Sexton, who contributed among other items a vintage Tommy Nutter jacket he had cut nearly 40 years ago. He insisted that I photographed the label to confirm its 1974 date. Well-tailored clothes do indeed last many a long year…
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