Yoshimi Hasegawa recently sent me her beautiful book Savile Row: A Glimpse into the World of English Tailoring. It is largely in Japanese, but each tailor’s chapter includes a section in English and there is also a short English introduction.
Indeed, the Military Tailoring section of the introduction is the most interesting thing in the book. Although short, it includes three examples of military jackets – a patrol jacket, a khaki drill jacket and a mess jacket – demonstrating the range of such apparel any military man required. As Edward Lakeman, who writes this section, says, in this age reputations could be worn or lost on the strength of your tailor.
The photography throughout is gorgeous, black and white and in high contrast, with a particular penchant for close-ups of buttons, sheers and cloth. There are, however, a few things I would quibble with. Spencer Hart is included among an otherwise standard list of bespoke tailors. The directory at the end includes Scabal, Dormeuil and Ozwald Boateng in a slightly more expanded list. And the address of Timothy Everest is the west end branch on Bruton Street, which does not of course handle the bespoke.
The book is wonderful compliment to the Row. Although it adds little to James Sherwood’s larger volume, it is apparently the first such work created for the Japanese market and as such will I’m sure be enthusiastically received.
It is currently available through Amazon Japan, priced ¥3,570 (£28).