An interview with British tailoring legend Edward Sexton
Today, we’re excited to launch a new video series here on the site and YouTube channel. If you remember our “In Good Company” videos from last year, Speaking Style will feel very much like the second season. The goal is to highlight influential people in menswear, giving you the chance to meet them and hear their personal stories, in their own words.
Our first episode features a the true legend of British tailoring, Edward Sexton. In 1969, along with Tommy Nutter, he shook up Savile Row by opening one of first new establishments the Row had seen in an exceedingly long time. This was also significant because it helped to temper the stuffiness that had been associated with Savile Row for so many decades, making it eminently more approachable and relevant to an entirely new generation.
The buzz that accompanied that launch also had the effect of attracting a great number of celebrities to the showroom. Edward’s clients included the likes of Mick and Bianca Jagger, Twiggy, Justin de Villeneuve, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Joan Collins. While dabbling in celebrity fashion may conjure certain images of flamboyance or a lack of seriousness, Edward has always stayed true to his classic tailoring roots. And, if anything, it has only added to his wealth and breadth of knowledge.
The seriousness with which Edward approaches his craft was abundantly evident as he set about fitting me for my first true bespoke suit during his recent trip to New York City to meet with US clients. As we were getting into it, I was still shooting the shit with Dominic Sebag-Montefiore, the house’s young Creative Director, when Edward politely scolded us both saying, “You boys can talk later. We’re workin’ now.”
We did talk more later, as did Edward and I. The topics ranged from what defines the Edward Sexton aesthetic, how he got his start in the business, some favorite celebrity moments as well as the house’s new Offshore Bespoke offering.
It was a true pleasure speaking to someone of Edward’s stature and I sincerely hope you enjoy the interview. Thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. And tell us who you’d like to see featured on Speaking Style in the comments section.
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