Last week,Washington DC played host to the tailors of Savile Row in a special exhibition collaboration with Bentley Cars at the British Embassy. A selection of Savile Row’s best tailors went over to represent the craft and show some of their own pieces, modern day and historical in Savile Row And America: A Sartorial Special Relationship. By all accounts it was two fully packed days of festivities with 30 guests on the first night, treated to a guided tour of the exhibition, dinner and drinks. The second day 400 people passed through the exhibition to take in all its sights. There were 70 outfits and 175 artefacts, including ledgers, patterns, photographs, documents and curiosities demonstrating the relationship between Savile Row and the USA.
The above jackets were produced by four of the best known tailoring houses; Henry Poole, Huntsman, Gieves & Hawkes, and Dege & Skinner which were inspired by the Bentley GT speed as seen in the background in celebration of the collaboration. At Hawthorne and Heaney we are very proud to say that a few of our pieces found their way into the exhibition too. The jacket second from the left can be seen in more detail below, sporting a little embroidery on the pocket and the check jacket has some lovely frogging details on the cuffs.