Of course, many of the most renowned Savile Row tailors have their own distinctive style - an individual signature, often born of a long history, stitched into each garment.
What we didn't know was that the evidence of one master tailor, Robert Bright (left) of Johns & Pegg, once sent a drug dealer to jail as he demonstrated how the heroin-stuffed shoulder pads in a pair of jackets were made by the same tailor, while the jackets had been the work of two different tailors!
We are currently 'looking after' an exquisite 1927 silk-velvet jacket by Johns & Pegg. One of Savile Row's oldest bespoke tailoring houses, founded in 1858, military and 'mufti' (civillian attire) tailor to the Household Division, they soon built up a client list of senior royals, no doubt thanks to an exceptionally discreet approach to publicity. Like many houses they were forced into shared promises at the end of a long lease, as a consequence of deregulation of property use in the West End, in August 1987, by the then Environment Secretary Nicholas Ridley. You can also see some antique Jonhs & Pegg pieces on the Victoria & Albert museum website here
Other distinctive 'house signatures' we have come across include:
Huntsman - long, structured and slim, evolved from the hacking jacket.
Anderson & Sheppard - soft and roomy, a beautiful drape.
Tommy Nutter - witty, classic with a twist, boxy, English tailoring with American loudness.
Edward Sexton - sharp as a tack, clean and structured.
Henry Poole, on the other hand, pride themselves on having no house style - rather 'a built-in elegance that shows' and a tendency to counsel moderation.