PATTERN RECOGNITION

I’ve often said that tailoring is an art form, and now my friend Hormazd Narielwalla – “Homi” to his nearest & dearest – has demonstrated the literal truth of that statement, with a series of seven prints based on discarded tailoring patterns from establishments such as ourselves. Homi layers coloured acetates and tissue paper onto various sections of the original pattern to form a dynamic abstract composition – a sort of bespoke bricolage. The prints are available in editions of 50 and 75, priced from £360 to £575, from Easyart, the online art retailer, and, as perfect Christmas gifts, they more than make the cut.

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The List.. December

To Tipple

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Discount Suit Co. | 29a Wentworth St, E1 7TB

Disguised as a dilapidated tailors’ shop, this Whitechapel establishment is an unexpected treat. Eclectic and ramshackle furniture sits on a floor of exposed wood and dim lighting welcomes you in to this eccentric bar who’s excellent cocktail menu heavily draws on hard recipes often dug out of the folds of history. Definitely worth a visit.

 

 

To Wear

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The Christmas Special | Timothy Everest

There’s nothing more festive than this seasons Timothy Everest velvet jackets. Don it in red with a white shirt, our red triple patterned scarf, bespoke jeans and our red dogtooth socks- Christmas Style!

 

 

To Browse

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Fourth Floor Corner Shop | 4 Northington St, WC1N 2JG

This unique collection is stuffed to the brim with an impressive selection of local brands and designers. Popping up in a 1930’s industrial building in the centre of Clerkenwell, you can find everything you need and more for your christmas shopping including some Timothy Everest, so definitely worth a look.

 

 

To Frequent

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La Maison Remy Martin | 19 Greek Street, Soho

Famed cognac house Remy Martin has opened up a members only pop up club for a tantalising two weeks. Taking over four floors, the experience will take a visitor on a journey through the heritage and craftsmanship of the cognac titan. Expect some delicious bespoke cocktails crafted my mixologists plucked rom the Connaught Bar, The Savoy and the Artesian, life style collaborations, and a masterclass.

 

To Watch

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The Imitation Game

A fantastic film and staring the brilliant and often Timothy Everest styled Benedict Cumberbatch, this tense World War II thriller follows the team of brits who cracked the Nazi Enigma code focusing in on Alan Turing. Both exciting and tragic this is definitely not a cinema trip to be missed.

 

 

To Listen

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Tindersticks: Across Six Leap Years

The tenth studio album by the band consists of ten previously released songs re-recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios. Keeping close to the original interpretations, this album is a fantastic retrospective of their 21 year career which some subtle twists on their classic songs. Filled with greats this is a fantastic album to spend December with.

 

 

To Dine

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Deluxe | Ely’s Yard, E1

Until the 14th Ely’s Yard is hosting a ‘non-restaurant restaurant’ teasingly called Delux. Open every Wednesday to Friday, you can treat yourself to a delectable three course meal with dishes evolving and changing every week. Here is a little teaser of what has been served so far; smoked reindeer with bickered blackberries pears in spiced red wine with dark chocolate orange mousse and digestive brown butter crunch. Delicious! At the end of the eve each guest receives a recipe card so they can recreate the meal themselves. This is definitely a winner.

 

 

To Dine some more

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Swedish Christmas | The Old Guardian Media House Theatre, Farringdon Rd, EC1R 3DA

This exciting new pop up gives you a taste of Christmas, the Swedish way. Set to a scandi-chic backdrop, prepare to sample a mouthwatering array of over 35 different dishes, enjoy the recipes of award winning mixologist Fredrik Olsson and get into the spirit with the traditional snaps-songs. This really is an event for all of the senses.

To Read

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A fascinating look back at how Sir John Sloane spent his christmas 214 years ago

CHECK PLEASE!

We’ve recently made three very diverting check jackets for a very long-standing and appropriately colourful client who earned her fashion stripes (if not checks) working under Fred Pressman, the man who elevated Barneys New York from a discount suit shop into a designer powerhouse. She’s also worked at Sherry Lehmann, the prestigious Park Avenue wine store, and has more recently been involved with bespoke jewellery.  She loves colour and men’s tailoring for women, and her “good bad taste,” as Tommy Nutter would have approvingly described it, means she gets us to push the boundaries when it comes to style, structure, and fit, as you can see in these three pieces.

The first, in a gorgeous lavender-infused mustard tweed, comes with stag horn buttons, purple undercollar and buttonholes, slanted jet pockets and peak lapels, giving the classic country look an uptown-elegant twist, enhanced by the hand-made “flower” brooch that our amazing Maria crafted for her from the jacket offcuts.

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The second is a sportswear take on a classic grey herringbone windowpane white over-check, with a neon orange neoprene undercollar and matching buttonholes, and, most strikingly, a tiger-stripe camo silk lining. Perfect for ruling the roost as top lady-cat in the urban jungle.

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The third is a Bob Marley-influenced oversize Prince Of Wales double-breasted with a black/green overcheck. There’s a green melton undercollar (with matching buttonholes) and peak lapels, but, again, the key to this piece is the paisley-peacock lining, which is matched at the seams so it looks, literally, seamless, and looks positively psychedelic, whether or not you’re under the influence of Marley Natural wacky baccy. Must be off now – I’ve got a terrible attack of the munchies…

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Artists Portraits by Kevin Davies

Photographer Kevin Davies is a longstanding client and friend of Timothy Everest. Having recently created ‘The Art of Tailoring’, a short film highlighting the skill and eccentricities that go in to each Elder Street creation, Kevin will be exhibiting his 1988-2014 work. Artists Portraits will show a veriety of familiar faces whilst capturing the nostalgia of the times.

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The exhibition includes the now famous photograph of Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud enjoying breakfast at the Cock Tavern, Smithfield Meat Market.

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URWERK IT

Regular Everistas will know that I’m a big fan of the artisanal watch company Urwerk, and that the founders, Felix and Martin, are clients and friends. We recently held a small soiree at Elder St to launch the latest – and final – incarnation of their UR-110 watch, the “Eastwood.” (They’re going on to produce an entirely new model). They wanted to take the UR-110 out with a bang, and they’ve certainly succeeded with this amazing testament to the horologist’s art. The bezel is crafted from wood, which is unusual in itself, but this happens to be Macassar Ebony, an extremely hard and stable wood, sustainably sourced from Indonesia. Felix and Martin thought it would be nice to pair it with an organic strap, and came to us for help. I decided it had to be the finest wool tweed – it’s extremely durable, and has that sporty and very British heritage – so we’ve done it in the original Prince of Wales brown and blue check, as worn by the Duke of Windsor, and a lovely grey herringbone. It’s an amazing watch to wear – I think it might even supplant my beloved UR-103 in  my affections, if only because the bezel shape means it’s really easy to see the time if it’s poking out from under a shirt cuff. And, with the strap, it has this amazing retro-futurist feel. It’ll be officially launched in Geneva in January 2015. Oh, and it’s the Eastwood because Felix and Martin are big fans of a certain Hollywood heavyweight. If the man himself got his hands on one of these, I could see a slightly tweaked remake in the offing – Play Wristy For Me.

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THE LIST.. NOVEMBER

TO EAT – The Typing Room – Town Hall, Patriot Sq, E29NF

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Jason Atherton’s latest venture partnering with Lee Westcott has no shortage of taste. From the understated decor with wooden floors and an open kitchen to the complex and subtle Mediterranean flavors presented, this is definitely one to make the trip to.

 

TO DRINK – Blacks Club – 67 Dean St, W1D 4QH

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The perfect place for a modern gentleman with a bohemian heart; Blacks is the antithesis to the infamously established Whites Club. With raging fires, and satisfyingly leveled lighting, it is the perfect place to settle into with a bottle of wine from the deliciously crafted menu and see where the evening takes you.

TO DANCE – The Wellington Club – 116A Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PL

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A home to sophisticated hedonism. Partly designed by Damina Hirst, The Wellington perfectly balances rock and roll with the comforts and fashion of Kensington. With skull wall paper, glitter disco balls, delectable cocktails and plenty of hidden nooks to find yourself in, this is definitely one for an evening of decadence and debauchery.

 

TO SLEEP – The London Edition – 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP

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Sophisticated and stylish design; wood-paneled walls, rainforest showers and fur throws on the beds. Each room boasts its own unique and original art and with the most comfortable mattress in London along with the best stocked minibar ever seen, this is a real treat.

 

TO SHOP – Page & Cooper

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Home to some of the world’s finest watches, Page & Cooper pride their collection on their exclusivity, individuality, exceptional design and exquisite craftsmanship. Sounds like a winning combination. Perfect if you are starting to think about those special Christmas presents, or if you feel like a bit of self indulgence.

TO SEE – Beretta & Marc Newson at the Bulgari hotel – 13 November

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Shooting season is upon us and what better way to get into the spirit of country pursuits than by appreciating the beauty of design that makes the sport possible. Marc Newson, the industrial designer who joined apple in September has worked along side Italian gun brand Beretta on a new edition of the classic double-barreled 486 Parallelo Shotgun. The gun will be unveiled in an event on the 13th and is sure to be a work of beauty.

 

TO WEAR | Cashmere

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Fantastically soft and beautifully crafted from 100% cashmere, this scarf in navy blue is the perfect way to keep warm while looking classic and stylish this Winter. We have a rather lovely Cashmere coat at Bruton Place if you’re looking to keep comfortably cosy this Christmas!

WHY I GO TO TIM: GREG CHAPMAN

I’ve been in menswear for a good thirty years, since I left school. I started in retail, but I’ve done everything – buying, developing, marketing, styling, and designing footwear and accessories, mainly casual clothing and denim. I’m from Manchester originally, but I’ve been in New York for the past four years, living in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, working with Schott on reinvigorating their motorcycle-jacket heritage, and relaunching a brand called HW Carter & Sons, which is the oldest overall company in America. The heritage-history thing has been a huge menswear story over the past few years. Fortunately or unfortunately, I’ve been in this game long enough now to see things come around more than once. But the heritage-workwear thing is actually a style I always liked and that I adopted for myself back in the 90s, getting into the Japanese brands that were inspired by all the old American brands. I’m a big fan of Americana – I got into that in the mid-80s, probably, with the relaunch of Levi 501s, with Nick Kamen in the launderette. I’ve also spent time travelling across America sourcing old sneakers from college towns, buying vintage dead stock – Nikes, Adidas, Converse – and reselling them to old-school-sneaker-obsessives across the world – Japan, the UK, everywhere. Then I went to work at Browns in London, and got into importing new sneakers like Nike Rifts and Mocs from the US, that weren’t being marketed in the UK but which they couldn’t sell in the US because people thought these split-toed ninja sneakers were too weird. So we’d get 100 pairs into Browns Focus and they’d all go in a day. I then relaunched Fred Perry footwear, where we did collaborations with the likes of Comme des Garcons, and went to Urban Outfitters as head of menswear, but it didn’t really agree with me – I don’t like a corporate environment. At all. So I’ve been a freelance creative director ever since.

I met Tim via a guy called Gary Bott, the creative director at Globetrotter. I always knew his name, but I’d also just got to that age – my mid-40s – where I was a lot more receptive to the idea of tailoring. Up to then, I’d always worn casual clothes, and tailoring was an area I’d never really explored. Maybe it’s to do with getting older, and really understanding and appreciating it. Tim and I also have a lot of shared interests – cycling, music -  which I suppose made my entree into his world a little bit smoother. I’ve also known Fred for many years, and I love the house at Elder Street, because it presses all my buttons – history, authenticity, that slightly underground, clubby vibe. Plus, I knew my own fields – sneakers, workwear – inside out, and here was a whole new area  to explore, perhaps the ultimate when it comes to male attire, the premier league of menswear. It’s  also a kind of reaction to the fact that I’ve lived such a casual life up to now, and I thought: yeah,  I can take a little more pride in my appearance, grooming, beard trimming etc, and having a beautiful bespoke suit is the ultimate, even now, when dress codes have turned upside down. Didn’t Picasso say you have to know the rules in order to break them? Well, to me, rule number one is: respect. Oh my God, I love watching the guys and girls in Elder Street sewing everything by hand. I’m a detail man and always have been, and I now get quite fetishistic about the bespoke detailing. There’s also the not irrelevant detail that nothing off the peg fits me because of my unique shape – broad shoulders, squat torso, etc.

My grandfather and father were my style icons. My father was a haulage contractor, but he was also a World war 2 veteran – he’d fought against Rommel in North Africa with the Desert Rats, and from the 50s through the 70s his trucks were out building Britain’s motorway network. But he always went to work in a full boilersuit, with a tie and shirt underneath that my mum would press every single day, and he wore a Harris Tweed jacket over his workwear, with a fedora or a cloth cap – always immaculate, with the mirror shine on his boots. In fact, I talked to Daiki Suzuki at Engineered Garments about my dad’s look, and we created a whole collection around it, with boilersuits and shirts and ties, and when I saw it, I was like, holy s**t. My grandfather was an engineer, and he always wore double-breasted suits and little round glasses. He had one particular chalkstripe suit in the 30s, with huge wide lapels, and the minute Tim and Lee asked me what kind of suit I wanted, I was like: I want my f**king granddad’s suit. I never met him – he passed away before I was born – but we had this one picture of him, in the suit, a three-piece, with a pocket watch. So that’s what I went for. It’s a kind of homage. I mean, that whole 30s thing suits me, because I can’t do any skinny s**t. So sitting with Fred and Lee and Tim, and talking about the extra military stitches, and the loop behind the lapel buttonhole to hold a flower in place, and the infrastructure to accommodate a pocketwatch, and the exact width of the lapels – I was in geek heaven. I’m actually getting married in December, and I’ll be wearing the suit then. It’s inspired me to learn more about Savile Row and all its traditions. It’s always been there, obviously, but it’s a league I never thought I’d be in. Now I’m like, s**t, what an expensive habit to get into. This is totally Class A. But it’s worth it. I never thought I was a suit kind of guy, but now it’s any excuse to wear one. I also like the kind of mixed messages I’m sending out – I have a lot of tattoos, around my neck and my arms, and to have them peeking out from under a beautifully-crafted suit – well, let’s just say the whole package subverts people’s expectations and gets me a lot of attention. And nice attention! I mean, I knew I wanted to work with clothes since I was six years old and I made a little apron for my mum out of chambray and lace. And bespoke is the ultimate sort of up-close-and-personal experience you can have with clothes. It’s also given me a whole new dimension in the way I present myself to the world. Just as I’ve been doing with workwear, I can reference history while at the same time creating something that’s totally relevant and very personal to me. Yes, you can definitely say I’m officially hooked.

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Who’s There..

Is that a creak you hear from the Elder Street stair

Or the snipping of some scissors hanging ghostly in the air

The suits move on their hangers and you peer to see who’s there

There’s something otherworldly in this atelier

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Behind The Scenes: The Art Of Dressing

I am very proud to announce the release of a two part video series that the very talented Kevin Davies and I have produced. Our real ideal for the project is to try and capture the uniqueness and creativity of the Timothy Everest bespoke experience.

Tailoring is one of those professions where physical environments drastically differ from tailor to tailor, and I think that’s totally natural. When you work in a space every day it inevitably molds around your personality and your working style and I find that fascinating.

 

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I was lucky enough to learn the art of bespoke on Savile Row under the tutelage of Tommy Nutter. People fell in love with the clothes he made, there was a real emotional exchange when people received their clothes, which is what I try and achieve and emulate today. When I left Tommy, I saw the opportunity to create a reinvigorated bespoke movement (New Bespoke), away from the influences of Savile Row. Spitafields was the perfect place for me, and since 1993 my atelier has been based in one of the beautiful Georgian houses in Elder Street. During this time as my tailoring has developed and changed so has the house.

I first met Kevin over twenty years ago when he photographed me for a magazine, he very quickly became a friend and a client. We have both always been fascinated by craftsmanship, so really this video being created feels quite inevitable.

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The first installment shows a trip with me around east London. These are the streets that I walk every day, and the context of those daily inspirations one inevitably gets. The viewer can get a glimpse of the people, the art and the architecture that informs me every day.

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The second installment starts with me arriving at the atelier, and shifts the focus of the piece from my journey to the customer journey. Here we capture the idiosyncrasies and individuality of the craft, as well as highlighting the skill and personality of the tailor.