Savile Row is not happy to be sharing a neighborhood with Abercrombie & Fitch. In what is one of the most quintessential examples of British journalism that I have ever read–a perfect mix of snooty and hilarious–the Guardian is reporting that the tailors are irate about sharing a block with with the all-American label.
An Abercrombie & Fitch store is currently located just on the edge of Savile Row where “the proud old tailor shops could just about pretend it didn’t exist along with its loudly branded sweatshirts, its Eurotrash and its queues.” Well, it might not be so easy to ignore now. A&F is reportedly planning to open a children’s shop at 3 Savile Row, which is where, coincidentally, the Beatles did their famous rooftop performance. It’s also smack in the middle of the block of bespoke tailors, who took to their local council to complain.
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PARIS–English fashion still thrives on a history of fine bespoke tailoring originating from London’s Savile Row. Also known as The Row, off Regent Street in the center of town, the legendary street is known for its high concentration of old-school, blue-blooded suits.
Yet, despite the dozens of shows during London fashion week, many of The Row’s best are left behind–including key old-school masters.
To coincide with Paris Men’s fashion week, Esquire UK selected seven designers who don’t show. Ever. But who should–according to editor-in-chief Jeremy Langmead and co. The mag went on to organize a fashion show for each.
On Friday at Paris’s Bristol Hotel, Esquire threw its “7 Brilliant Brits” event. In every corner of the room, a screen showed a film of each designer’s catwalk, along with explanation booklets about each collection.
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