Eric Musgrave

Since 1980, menswear & fashion retail commentator, opinionated thought-leader,
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Tommy Nutter: Stamped with style

Tommy Nutter, the man who brought fashion to Savile Row in 1969, is celebrated in one of a series of new postage stamps that salute British fashion greats of the post-WW2 era. The image on the stamp is inspired by a suit made by Nutter for Ringo Starr, which the Beatle wore in an ad for cloth merchant Holland & Sherry.

Savile Row entrepreneur David Mason, who owns the Nutters name, organised the recreation of the suit using Holland & Sherry cloth. The Starr original and the modern facsimile will be on show at the cloth merchant’s Savile Row showroom on Friday, June 15, when the bespoke tailoring trade is promoting itself as part of the London Collections: Men fashion schedule. Tommy Nutter, who died in 1992 aged 49, would have enjoyed the fuss.

Here is Tommy, at far left, and me (at extreme right) on a panel judging student designs in 1983 during my days as deputy editor of Men’s Wear.

Other menswear names in the stamps series are Paul Smith and the groovy 1960s boutique Granny Takes A trip, which was co-founded by John Pearse, who is still working as a fashionable bespoke tailor in Soho.

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