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Bespoke: Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed Hardcover – September 3, 2009

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"Honest, entertaining, and insightful . . . this is the story of an artist."  —Benicio Del Toro

"Anderson is a fine raconteur."  —GQ

"A vivid exploration of an arcane, almost Dickensian world."  —Daily Telegraph
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Beginning in 1982 as a 17-year-old apprentice, Richard Anderson has worked on Savile Row for 25 years. He is Master Cutter, Managing Director, and co-founder of Richard Anderson Ltd, the youngest bespoke tailoring house on Savile Row which opened in 2001.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (September 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847374549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847374547
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,842,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great firsthand encounter with fashion's hallowed ground. On my visits to London, I often passed or walked by the tailor shops but never had the courage to go inside one. This book takes you both inside the shops themselves (or institutions, more properly) and the minds of the people who cut fabric into finely crafted suits. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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If you are interested in finding out how apprenticeships work in the small world of Savile Row, or any other trade for that matter, you will find this book very interesting, informative, and amusing. However, this is a real story about the birth and growth of an old-world-style tailor and the demise of one of the oldest and most traditional tailoring firms in Savile Row, H. Huntsman, which today finds itself on life support. If you are interested in getting a custom made or bespoke suit, this book will leave you yearning for one from Savile Row, and more specifically, a suit cut by Richard Anderson's hands. Nowadays, it is said that Richard Anderson is more Huntsman, than H. Huntsman itself.
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Richard Anderson provides a wonderful lens into the niche world of Saville Row, starting his journey from a high school senior who quits early and dreams of being a soccer pro but finds himself working as a tailor's assistant -- and loving it. His first time recording measurements as a master tailor reels them off, he's sunk in a sea of jargon and fractions of inches. But as his experience grows, we learn and grow with him. The book is largely filled with his memories of the excellent array of characters who worked at Huntsman, as well as a few of their most memorable clients.

A fantastic look into a suprisingly macho world. I only hope that one day I can own a bespoke suit from Mr. Anderson!
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This book takes you inside the rarified world of the most expensive tailoring shops in the world.
He reveals that the tailoring book he thinks is best is "The Sectional System of Gentlemen's Garment Cutting" by
J.P. Thornton, 1893. That's right Eight-teen ninety three.
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The reason I enjoyed this book is because, for reasons unbeknownst to me, I've developed a recent fascination with Savile Row. I suppose that's because of their ultimate dedication to the art and technique of creating bespoke clothing. Furthermore, I've begun to distinguish quality in the materials and construction of the clothes I wear myself. What this means is, for the first time in my life, I'm actually insane enough to like a book on clothing.

Frankly, that's an important part of this review. If I had never heard of Savile Row, or cared about what goes into making a truly bespoke suit, or wondered about where cashmere comes from, or what super-130's wool actually is, it's possible this read would have been only mildly interesting, if not strange. That would be no flaw of Richard Anderson, who has written a wonderful and witty (though sometimes verbose) account of his years on the Row; it would just be an unfortunate consequence of reading about a very alien and exclusive world.

That being said, this is the stuff Sean Connery wore in the first Bond films. They are (arguably) some the finest suits anyone could buy, made by people who account for every "deformity," personality trait, and strange request a customer could have. You also get the sense that the author is more relatable than most of the other cutters and tailors on Savile Row. If none of this sounds interesting to you, I wouldn't bother with this book at all. Nothing wrong with that. But if this seems even remotely intriguing, and you don't mind delving in the adventures of charming and stuffy British people, go for it!
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I currently go to school for fashion design. This book is a fascinating read on the history and life of Savile row.
There are a few humorous moments. However there is not a whole lot of tension, and the book just kinda ends. Not much of a climax or rise.

Even Richard Anderson has a very inspirational life. It goes to show that no matter are decisions as younglings, we can make something pretty amazing happen.
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Being within the swells of this business, I find the read very insightful and entertaining to boot. Richard is a Class Act and an Inspiration to many in the industry. Highly recommended read to many.........
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This book is an interesting look inside the world of men's bespoke clothing, from one of the top men in the field. Even if you don't like his particular style, it gives you an idea
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