This exclusive interview with David Saxby was conducted by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö in London during January 2011
Tell us a bit about your history and why you decided to start your own shop?
I got started in tailoring in the sixties, the glory days of tailoring were coming to an end, but got a last shot in the arm by people such as Mr Fish, Tommy Nutter, who executed quite mad pop styles to Savile Row. Jermyn Street shirtmakers met Carnaby Street halfway and for a few short years produced the last garment which combined style and high quality. It was all downhill after that.
What was it like in the heyday of the 1960s starting a traditional clothing firm?
The sartorial liberation that we thought was so great in the sixties simply produced a generation who had lost their way in matters of dress.
What made you focus on sporting tweeds and formal wear?
I worked for a short time for a very old fashioned tailoring retailer, the sort of business that almost completely disappeared by the seventies. I think my own style was set for life from my time at that shop in Yorkshire, tailored tweed suits, Sulka ties, silk socks, doeskin waistcoats, although I had to travel to London to acquire a pair of Chukka boots, a style of footwear I use almost to the total exclusion of any other.
Due to the economic times we are in have people become more aware of good quality instead of just spending a lot of money on a certain brand?
It would be very nice to think that in the current harsh economic climate, that people would be more aware of quality and durability. In the old days, a chap buying a suit spent most of the time talking about the cloth and it's performance, but in those days most suits were individually made by tailors, whereas most people are just presented with a "Range" and a "Brand". Really, anyone who cared a jot about the planet would not buy anything from the fashion industry. It's amazing how many "Greens" will wear garments made from plastic (oil) with unnecessary writing on them, shipped from the other side of the world using more oil
You said in an interview ”Fashion is for children” so what is style to you?
Fashion depends on poor quality materials which have to be replaced every year, a well put together 22oz Scottish thorn-proof jacket will still look good after twenty years. Fashion is "Landfill", Style is forever.
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