One Savile Row: Gieves & Hawkes: The Invention of the English Gentleman

One Savile Row: Gieves & Hawkes: The Invention of the English Gentleman

by Harold Koda
     
 

A handsome volume covering all aspects of bespoke tailoring. Savile Row is the world’s iconic address for the best in bespoke tailoring, and home to legendary Gieves & Hawkes, suppliers to the British military for more than two centuries and furnishers to elegant gentlemen today. The company began by designing attire for Britain’s most illustrious

Overview

A handsome volume covering all aspects of bespoke tailoring. Savile Row is the world’s iconic address for the best in bespoke tailoring, and home to legendary Gieves & Hawkes, suppliers to the British military for more than two centuries and furnishers to elegant gentlemen today. The company began by designing attire for Britain’s most illustrious officers, including Admiral Lord Nelson and The Duke of Wellington, as well as ten generations of British royalty, from King George III in 1809 to Princes William and Harry today. As masculine attire evolved after World War I, Gieves & Hawkes added civilian clothing to its repertoire applying centuries of expertise in creating hand-made garments—proportion, cutting, fitting, and quality fabrics—to the finest bespoke tailoring. This volume traces the rich history of tailoring, drawing from Gieves & Hawkes’ vast, unpublished archives of client ledgers, garments and accessories, and photographs. Including today’s bespoke tailoring and ready-to-wear collections, this is an indispensible book on classic men’s style and fine tailoring.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“…One Savile Row, a book that aims to capture the rich sartorial history of England. In gripping style, the original photography by Bruno Ehrs is stunningly visualized. There are spreads where Ehrs compares the structure of Gieves & Hawkes’ contemporary formal suits to formidable architecture. It’s a testament to eh brand’s lasting power: these pictures underscore the transcendence of tradition. One Savile Row holds our attention and reminds us of why the bespoke and couture traditions continue to persist in a world where fast fashion rules. It’s just that kind of book.” –Quest
 
“…an eagerly awaited volume that opens the Gieves & Hawk’s archives and grants us unprecedented access to this legendary tailor…A must have for men of style, lovers of history and anglophiles across the globe.” –Sartorial Life
 
“…remarkable history that is a must for any man interested in suiting up. This book is on the large side and we wouldn’t want it any other way. The grand scale of imagery from historic uniforms to todays tailored pieces shot in equally iconic setting…Not only are the images by Bruno Ehrs amazing, but the text is written by the top brass in their respective fields. This tome is the perfect gift for a well-dressed gent in your life.” –The Manual
 
“…a lavish new book gives all of Gieves’ rich history and its transformation into a modern bastion of British style the full color treatment. Over 190 illustrations are spread over 240 glorious pages, a fitting tribute to Gieves…” –JustLuxe
 
“As masculine attire evolved after World War I, Gieves & Hawkes added civilian clothing to its repertoire applying centuries of bespoke expertise to create hand-made garments of impeccable proportion, cut, and fit, crafted from the finest fabrics. Drawing from Gieves & Hawkes’ vast, unpublished archives of client ledgers, garments, accessories, and photographs, One Savile Row: Gieves & Hawkes: The Invention of the English Gentleman traces the house’s rich history of custom tailoring. Including today’s robust bespoke program and ready-to-wear collections, this is an indispensable book on classic men’s style and fine tailoring.” –Life&Times
 
“This volume traces the rich history of tailoring, drawing from Gieves & Hawkes’s vast unpublished archives of client ledgers, garments and ready-to-wear collections. A tome as weighty as its title is lengthy, it boasts an equally hefty lineup of contributors…It’s an indispensable book on classic men’s style and fine tailoring.” –Mechanics of Style

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782080201881
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
10/14/2014
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
639,934
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 14.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Marcus Binney, founder and president of Save Britain’s Heritage and architectural correspondent at The Times, received an OBE and the London Conservation medal. Simon Crompton wrote Le Snob: Tailoring and contributes to the Financial Times, GQ, and his Permanent Style website. Colin McDowell was chief fashion writer for the Sunday Times and has written 22 books including McDowell’s Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion and biographies of Ralph Lauren, John Galliano, and Manolo Blahnik. Peter Tilley men's fashion historian and former Dunhill archivist, is Gieves & Hawkes’ company historian. Bruno Ehrs is a lifestyle photographer.

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