No bespoke tailor before or since Edward Sexton has captured such an extraordinary sense of the avant-garde in their work; of subtle sex-appeal, glamour, style or verve. It is this remarkable elegance that has attracted such a stellar cast of celebrity to Edward Sexton; Mick & Bianca Jagger, Mark Ronson, Twiggy, Sir Hardy Amies, Sir Paul McCartney, Naomi Campbell, Annie Lennox and Justin De Villeneuve to name but a few high-profile clients. No other tailoring house can claim such a pedigree and Sexton’s half a century of experience in the world of luxury menswear lends the house today a uniquely instinctive and design-driven approach to bespoke tailoring, transcending Savile Row tradition.
“I love working with a master craftsman like Edward. Wearing something that has been made to fit the contours of your body makes you want to stand up tall; your whole posture is enhanced” – Annie Lennox
The Secret of Women’s Bespoke
Edward believes that when it comes to women’s tailoring “you have to understand how to be patient yet authoritative” – guiding clients through the demanding process of producing an elegant, feminine and empowering bespoke garment that meets with their expectations. Edward’s approach to ladies’ tailoring is legendary – he shocked Savile Row in the late 1960s with the groundbreaking and supremely sexy suits worn by the likes of Bianca Jagger and Twiggy. These suits were the result of Edward’s unique understanding of a woman’s sartorial requirements, an understanding that Edward then passed on to one of his one-time apprentices, none other that one Miss Stella McCartney. Edward famously helped McCartney to cut, design and craft her debut collection for the Parisian couture label Chloe – a collection which achieved critical acclaim globally for the sculptured lines and powerful shapes that Sexton imbued into the collection’s tailoring.
Sexton is perhaps the only British tailor that applies his uniquely expressive cut and technically superior construction to what he famously referred to as “a woman’s beautiful and varied curves” to achieve a truly alluring tailored aesthetic. This unparalleled understanding of femininity and of beauty, but also of structure and style finds a balance in every woman’s Sexton bespoke commission.
The Sexton bespoke process is precisely the same for women as it is for men; encompassing an attentive and gradual process of craftsmanship and an understanding of design, technical construction, balance and flair that is unparalleled. The garments produced are completely uncompromising and conform only to Sexton standards. Edward works without prejudice, creating sculptured suits that can be seen in the boardroom; dinner suits that steal the show at red carpet events and rich, sexy sports jackets to be teamed with jeans for a stroll down the high-street with nonchalant, sensual style. Recently Edward has delivered clothes to Annie Lennox, Marie Helvin and Naomi Campbell amongst other notables.
Edward and Dominic are also excited to announce that they are in the process of finalising the technicalities behind a woman’s made-to-measure service, which all being well will be available for customers from spring 2015.
“A bespoke suit represents sophisticated, understated style – it is the pinnacle of masculine elegance” – Edward Sexton
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Savile Row bespoke suits are the ultimate in masculine, sartorial luxury. In 1990 Edward Sexton left The Row for one reason: to elevate his work above that of the British bespoke tailoring establishment.
The Signature of Sexton Bespoke
An Edward Sexton bespoke suit not only conforms to the most prestigious traditions of Savile Row, but transcends them; Sexton suits are iconic not only for their perfectly balanced and exceptionally elegant shape, but thanks also to the completely uncompromising and instinctive talent of Edward himself. Edward’s philosophy on bespoke tailoring is legendary and his understanding of the craft unparalleled.
A Sexton bespoke suit is immaculately hand-cut, hand-sewn and hand-finished by the Sexton workshop. Edward and Dominic cut every garment individually, imbuing into the two-dimensional panels of the suit a unique understanding of proportion, finesse, silhouette and tailored structure. These panels are passed to Edward’s bespoke coat makers and trouser makers, talented professionals in their own right, many of whom have worked exclusively with Edward Sexton for many years – developing an understanding of the house’s requirements and enhancing their skills far above those expected by the vast majority of other bespoke tailors. At every stage of the process, aesthetic balance and the necessity of creating an elegant garment is considered; shoulders are strong and masculine, sleeves perfectly pitched into a high, comfortable armhole, coats are cut long and lean whilst lapels sweep across the chest to add a unique sense of stature and sophistication.
It is this elevated and singularly uncompromising approach to craft, combined with a penchant for truly refined, romantic design that Edward has carried with him and imbued into his clothes throughout his career. This understanding continues to define a Sexton bespoke suit today. An Edward Sexton garment is more than a conventional bespoke suit – it is an example of the tailor’s art at its zenith, structured, cut and fitted so as to transcend the conventional standards of British bespoke tailoring – offering not only a beautifully constructed garment, but a garment which is made to enhance, flatter and sit on the customer with unparalleled smoothness, style and stature.
A flawless understanding of design is central to the creation of a Sexton suit. Consequently every commission begins with a design consultation, where the customer can relax and share his requirements for their suit, and receive guidance on how to best achieve the bespoke garment that they envision. Advice on cut, proportion, cloth and styling will be provided accordingly.
A wealth of measurements and assessments of the customer’s stance and physique will be taken and accounted for almost instinctively when the customer’s unique pattern is cut. After a few short weeks, the garment will be basted ready for its first fitting, where the raw skeleton of the suit is assessed on the customer’s body so as to better refine the fit and shape of the garment. This process will be repeated through further fittings until both Edward and the customer are satisfied; as the garment continues to take shape sleeves will be immaculately hand-set, a lining, collar and lapel facings will appear, pocket flaps set in place, topstitching and button-holes hand-sewn – whilst all the time the suit’s form will improve flawlessly with each passing fitting. Only then will a final fitting take place, allowing the customer to experience their finished commission for the first time and for final exacting adjustments to be made.
Customers come from all over the world to Edward Sexton because an Edward Sexton garment represents so much more than a conventional handmade suit. Customers come to commission a superior bespoke garment of unique value, that forms a precious part of the enduring Sexton legend.
Prices range from £3000-4000
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