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


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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: 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,429,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Fun, easy reading.
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He reveals that the tailoring book he thinks is best is "The Sectional System of Gentlemen's Garment Cutting" by J.P. Thornton, 1893.
donald d daniel
What this means is, for the first time in my life, I'm actually insane enough to like a book on clothing.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Gastelum-trevino on November 26, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By donald d daniel on June 6, 2013
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kitt Hirasaki on January 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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Very informative on the practices of Savile Row tailors and how tailors are trained through apprenticeship. Anderson succeeded in moving from bottom to top of his profession.
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