Today, it’s different – we’re oversubscribed now. There will always be a desire for quality and individuality.
What we are seeing now is a resurgence in the love and joy of crafting, working with materials and challenging ideas and conceptions. Several top fashion designers today started on the Row, and now they influence global trends. Stella McCartney had an apprenticeship on Savile Row, for example. Not every wonderful tailor can be a designer; there is a difference. It does take something special to make a fashion designer, and not everyone who can work a sewing machine has it.
To me, what is wonderful to see is that we have young blood coming up through Savile Row again, and a passion for fine clothes, cloths and style is exactly what Savile Row needs to continue to be that bastion of style.
I am delighted to have ‘weathered the storm’ as it were. Throughout the more challenging times, working with Richard, Peter, Krishan, Maya, Emily and young Tom gives me great hope for the future of not only Richard Anderson, but Savile Row as an institution, a destination and a home to tailoring.