This exclusive interview with Tom Mahon at Warwick Hall in Cumbria conducted by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö during March 2010
Interview with Tom Mahon
What does bespoke tailoring mean to you?
True bespoke is probably one of the least adulterated personal crafts that you can commission today. In other words it's totally between me and my client. Nothing else matters.
What is it like working, in other words doing what you do, out in the country?
Working in the country in comparison to the city is the same. It's work. But in my case I enjoy it. Simple really.
How do you look at Savile Row today?
Savile Row today is the same but with the obvious differences. The craftsmen who really know are getting rarer. Anyone can open a shop and hang up a "Bespoke Tailors" sign. Ultimately whatever your skill level. Savile Row surely must be a byword for dedication to the craft, wherever you work.
Would you say there is a more honest appreciation for detailed and skilled traditional work in the country as opposed to the city?
People are the same everywhere. time is the scarcity. If your given enough you can always see the beauty in the detail. Do we have more time in the country? I don't really know.
How do look at the future of bespoke?
As they say "So bright we all need shades". Strangely, in a world that seems less sociable on one level is talking more and more on another. Details and individuality seem to be increasing everywhere. From whats in our food to to the clothes on your back. The excitement of mass production is gone. If there really ever was any.