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Not only do we offer the finest tailored garments on Savile Row, we also write books that inform, excite and entertain. Here you will find our books authored by Richard Anderson himself.

Stories of Sartorial Icons by Savile Row’s Master Tailor

MAKING THE CUT

Master cutter Richard Anderson has worked on Savile Row for over thirty-five years and co-founded his company, Richard Anderson Ltd, in 2001 with Brian Lishak. In Making the Cut he introduces the traditional craft of cutting a bespoke suit and garments, showcasing twenty-five classic menswear designs that have been creatively adapted in new and unusual ways for the modern gentleman.

Richard Anderson himself tells the story of each piece, from a rakish red and white seersucker coat to a show-stopping black sequined dinner jacket, and explores the fascinating history of the diverse fabrics and cuts. Original sketches, patterns and photographs reveal the time, dedication and precision that go into creating a truly custom-made piece. Divided into five sections – Light Fare, Strong Suits, Atypical Tweeds, Top Coats and Regalia Redux – this bible of sartorial know-how will inspire anyone looking to commission a bespoke garment of their own.

Autographed 1st Edition by Richard Anderson when bought from our online shop.

The highly acclaimed book from Richard Anderson

Bespoke - Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed

“In 1982 for the princely sum of £2,000 a year the seventeen-year-old Richard Anderson became an apprentice at Huntsmans, the most venerable of Savile Row tailors. Nineteen years later he opened his own eponymous business on the world-famous ‘Golden Mile’, where he hand-cuts exquisite suits for a global clientele.

In Bespoke he does for the world of tailoring what Kitchen Confidential did for the world of haute cuisine. With him we learn the consummate craftsmanship and perfectionism that goes into a handmade suit and the years of sweat and graft it takes to learn it. Training in the art of making trousers and coats that could cost as much as £10,000 was a gruelling game, but Richard persisted to become the youngest head cutter in Huntsman’s 150-year-old history. We meet the extraordinary cast of characters who peopled Huntsmans from the boardroom to the backroom — the debonair Colin Hammick, the grumpy eccentric Brian Hall and Dick Lakey, the heroically overworked ‘leg man’. Not to mention the no less colourful clients, who ranged from politicians and peers of the realm to music icons and Hollywood movie stars. Frequently funny and told with great candour, Bespoke is a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes on Savile Row. You’ll never look at a suit in the same light again.”