Speaking Style With Edward Sexton

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Edward's signature aesthetic includes a pin collar shirt, strong shoulder and perfectly complementary tie and pocket square.

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Pictured here with Edward and Dominic Sebag-Montefiore, the house's Creative Director, choosing fabrics for my bespoke suit.

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What's it going to be? Hint: flannel.

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Dominic records Edward's measurements and fills in the suit's details.

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Considering linings for the suit jacket.

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Like me, Edward is conservative in this aspect of a custom suit, and prefers tone on tone.

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A trick to see the color of the fabric is to hold the swatch against your skin.

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Edward's signature shoulder style.

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Another icon at the shop.

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Beautiful shoes on display at L&S Tailors.

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Edward is known for both men's and women's tailoring.

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Ready to be sewn.

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The shop's library of fabric books.

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.

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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.

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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.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Shot on location at L&S Custom Tailors in New York City. Photography by Rob McIver Photo. Video shot by Rob McIver and edited by Jared Morgan.

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