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Cheltenham Festival. The Savvy Chaps vs. Jane!

March 10, 2014
This week, our attention turns to the wonderful Cheltenham Festival. According to Cheltenham aficionado Chris Flavell, “The Festival at Cheltenham is the shining jewel in Jump racing's crown. It is four days of magic, madness and magnificence, played out on a stage framed by the breathtakingly beautiful vista of the Cotswold Hills.” Cheltenham features the best horses, jockeys and trainers playing to an audience of 220,000. We at Savvy Row will be competing in a more modest manner, by a Festival long wager. Savvy Row has been challenged by our friend and next-door neighbour, Jane, to see who can read...
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Garment Care

March 01, 2014
A few simple good habits and disciplines will ensure a lifetime of enjoyment from your vintage (and modern garments). Frequent dry-cleaning is not necessary, or desirable. Use dry-cleaning sparingly, for stain removal and an annual treatment before putting garments away for summer / winter. Our Top Tips Before putting away, hang clothes outside of your wardrobe for at least 2 hours. Use a clothes brush or lint roller to remove, dust, grit and tiny hairs. Don't store items in closed plastic bags. Like humans, fibres need to breathe! A cut-off dry-cleaning cover can be used to protect the garment shoulders from...
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The background to our new background!

October 03, 2013
We are always conscious of, and grateful for, our very good fortune to handle the beautifully crafted garments that come our way. In passing our finds on to like-minded chaps around the world, we continually strive to do justice to the finest cloths and the many hours of hand work that went into making these pieces. A short while ago, our friends Martina & Andy at The Carpenters House told us of a rare find of 5 circa-1900 8 foot Douglas Fir concertina doors rescued from a boarding school in the Dales. After dipping & stripping, hand sanding & renovation,...
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Did you enjoy a vintage Revival?

September 20, 2013
We're delighted to have dressed so many of you splendid chaps for this year's Goodwood Revival. Celebrate in style, and inspire other chaps, by sending us a photo of your Revival outfit for our Customer Gallery. We'll swap each photo that we use for a £5 Savvy Row voucher!
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NYMR Railway In Wartime Event 11-13 October

September 12, 2013
Take a trip back in time to 1943 with a steam train ride on one of Britain's finest heritage railways, through stunning scenery from Pickering to Whitby, and round off your day with the finest fish & chips at the Magpie Cafe. Services entertainers, street parades, vehicle displays and re-enactments along the railway. This is a hugely popular and professionally organised event which attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year, so it's well worth dressing up for! For more details, directions and online booking, visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway website If you're looking to put together an outfit for...
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Arriving Now: 500 new items!!

August 06, 2013
'Back to School' comes early at Savvy HQ! We are busy getting into vintage 'top gear' for the splendid Goodwood Revival and dusting off sturdy worsteds, tweeds and coatings for our Autumn / Winter collection. 500+ items have just landed at Savvy HQ from our buyers around the British Isles. Act quickly to snap up original 1940s, 1950s, 1960s suits, blazers, tweeds and coats, Savile Row bespoke pieces, velvet smoking jackets, classic black and white tie eveningwear, shoes, ties, cravats, scarves and lots more. As always, look out for some stunning one-off pieces. View our Goodwood Revival stock View all...
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50% Summer SALE!

July 08, 2013
The Savvy Row 50% Summer SALE is here! Saving £££s on classic British tailoring, there are even some Savile Row pieces to be snapped up. Don't delay, there's only one of each item, when they're gone...they're gone!! View all SALE items
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A trio of Summer Classics!

June 17, 2013
The sun is shining at Savvy HQ this morning! Perfect timing, as we've just listed these classic pieces. De rigueur for this year's jaunt to The Riviera, combine with pastis and Bentley Continental!   Exceptional Vintage Austin Reed Pale Blue Cotton Mix Summer Suit 41R   Superb Gieves & Hawkes Cotton & 40% Linen Casual Summer Jacket 45-46L   Stunning Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Ivory White D/B Suit 38R
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There's still time...

June 17, 2013
...to bag your Royal Ascot outfit! Place your order by 2pm for guaranteed delivery by 1pm the next working day (9am delivery and guaranteed Saturday delivery also available upon request). We have a 1st class selection of vintage, new and ex-hire morningwear to fit all budgets. View all morningwear Our guide to 'A Right Royal Ascot'
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Top 10: Real Ales

June 11, 2013
As the summer has (just) arrived and a chap is feeling comfy in his linen suit, one’s thirst should be regularly quenched to avoid the horror of sunstroke. Regular refreshment is the key to enjoying the sunshine and the application of fine English hops to water and malt is the key to a Chap’s summer. The Chaps at Savvy HQ have been known to go to the pub every now and again and have been researching assiduously to bring you a guide to (just some) of the finest ales for Chaps. Greene King IPA The first known use of the...
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Foyle's (Cold) War

April 16, 2013
We were heartened to see Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks returning to our screens in a new series of Foyle's War. The cerebral, single minded detective and his deceptively courageous sidekick are surely just the thing for Sunday evenings. Having run out of 'real' war, though, the new series is set in the immediate post-war, or cold-war, period. There's a healthy quota of sinister looking chaps in long overcoats and knowingly-angled wide-brimmed trilbies lurking in the corners and drawing slowly and significantly on woodbines, plus a more prominent role for the splendid Ellie Haddington as ex SOE leader and now...
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What To Wear: Tweed Run

February 26, 2013
 Even a most refined chap's well-being can, apparently, be enhanced with a course of physical fitness training. However, since the demise of National Service (stand by your beds!), finding suitable opportunities can be a little challenging. Not wanting to expose any of our dear friends to the unseemly swathes of sweaty lycra at the local 'cardiovascular battery farm', we are instead rather taken by the 'Tweed Run' annual bicycle ride through Central London. Established in 2009 'The Run' has become so popular that tickets to ride can now only be secured by success in a lottery draw. Personally, I'd put...
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Underarm Tactics!

January 11, 2013
Size is important, especially length!   Ok, that's the double-entendres out of my system, for a while, and anyway; there is a more sensible point to this post. Underarm Tactics? Specifically, sleeve length, and the need to correct a few commonly held assumptions. We're occasionally told by prospective customers that the sleeve measurement of a garment they have in mind "looks a little short". Upon further investigation we realise that the customer is looking only at the underarm to cuff measurement to determine sleeve length rather than the shoulder to cuff measurement (the true sleeve length). So why give the...
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BBC TV: Blandings

January 20, 2013
The bally Beeb have only gone and made a smashing adaptation of ‘Blandings’ on BBC1 on Sunday evenings. Wodehouse created a masterpiece in the jolly goings-on at Blandings Castle with Lord Emsworth’s magnificently melodramatic family and the Empress of Blandings. For those who find answering questions in their local public house amusing, the Empress is a pig. It licks along at a fair pace and Timothy Spall is always watchable. Wodehouse fans (which would include us at Savvy Towers) may feel that the telly lacks the wry, dry and warm insights of Wodehouse’s writing but on a Sunday teatime, let...
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Customer Gallery

January 15, 2013
Chaps, we want to see you in your finery!  Send us your photos and stories, we'll share them here - and send you a £5 Savvy Row voucher. Show off your best vintage finds, inspire others and enlighten us with tales of sartorial learning!   Richard Harris from Cardiff says; "Really love the vintage clothes you sell. Just picked up an antique Homburg in pristine condition to finish off the 1940s Hector Powe austerity stroller suit. Hope you like the look. Bring back hats I say. I love them!"   Kevin Jackson (aka Sheridan Whiteside BSC) from Perth, Australia, looking...
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