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Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed

Paperback Published: 2nd September 2010
ISBN: 9781847394569
Number Of Pages: 256

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A Kitchen Confidential for the tailoring trade, written by one of the world's most successful and celebrated tailors—crafter of suits for Kiefer Sutherland, George Michael, Bryan Ferry, and Sir Ian McKellen, among many others

A witty and candid inside account of life on Savile Row, where the world's finest handcut suits are made, this is also the true-life story of a boy who left school to start work on a pittance and rose to the pinnacle of his profession. In 1982 for a £2,000 (approximately $3,100) yearly salary, the 17-year-old Richard Anderson became an apprentice at Huntsmans, the most venerable of Savile Row tailors, and 19 years later, he opened his own eponymous business on the world-famous "Golden Mile," where he hand-cuts exquisite suits for a global clientele. Training in the art of making pants and coats that could cost as much as $15,000 was a grueling game, but Richard persisted to become the youngest head cutter in Huntsman's 150-year-old history, and here he reveals the consummate craftsmanship and perfectionism that goes into a handmade suit and the years of sweat and work it takes to learn it. Readers are introduced to an extraordinary cast of characters who peopled Huntsmans from the boardroom to the backroom, as well as clients who range from politicians to music icons and Hollywood movie stars.

Industry Reviews

"Honest, entertaining, and insightful . . . this is the story of an artist." --Benicio Del Toro

"Anderson is a fine raconteur." --"GQ"

ISBN: 9781847394569
ISBN-10: 1847394566
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 2nd September 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1