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Synonymous with traditional bespoke tailoring for men, Mayfair’s stylish Savile Row is renowned as the best place in London for top-of-the-range tailoring and superior suit alterations.
With almost 200 years of sartorial experience, this W1 postcode is peppered with an abundance of skilled artisans who have their own unique styles and pride themselves on multigenerational experience. Moreover, with a bespoke suit being a sizeable investment it’s worth knowing who to go to if you’re looking at purchasing a new suit for work or important business meetings.
We’ve listed our favourite tailors so you can see how they measure up:
Founded in 1771, Gieves & Hawkes were the first suit tailors on Savile Row and is where many of the street’s great artisans started their careers. Their house-style can be described as military with raised waistlines and square fronts. Famous clients have included Prince William, Colin Firth and Michael Jackson.
Producing its own house tweed, Huntsman quickly made a name for itself on this iconic street when it opened its doors back in 1919. They produce both men’s and women’s suits and separate themselves out from the rest by delivering 80% of their London orders by a traditional Huntsman bicycle.
Although Richard Anderson opened in 2001 and therefore does not have the sartorial veteran status, the founders have an extensive tailoring experience and are far from newcomers to Savile Row. Their designs and approach to tailoring is all about clean lines and each suit style is geared towards what best flatters the prospective buyer. Moreover, each suit is cut in the centre of the showroom which allows customers to see the skilled craft first hand.
Being an independent store and producing less than 350 suits per year, Norton & Sons is one of the most exclusive suit tailors on Savile Row and their customers have included Edward VII, Winston Churchill and Alexander McQueen. Their designs are all about simplicity and are best known for their two-button, single-breasted pieces.