Tailors Uncovered: Edward Sexton

For sheer rock n’ roll sex appeal combined with a timeless elegance and impeccable tailoring there is only one man to visit, Edward Sexton.

His sculptural forms have been worn by iconic stars of the twentieth century from the Beatles to Twiggy. Mick and Bianca Jagger were married in matching white trouser suits cut by Edward, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss regularly partied in his suits and now-a-days Harry Styles is often seen in a hallmark Sexton suit in bright fuchsia.

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Edward made his name whilst working for Tommy Nutter. At the time in the early 1970’s bespoke tailoring and high fashion still went very much hand in hand and the team at Nutters of Savile Row created an architectural style with a strong rope shoulder, wide peaked lapels, high arm holes and a long waisted one button jacket that when combined with the panache of the customers set the era alight.

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Not only men flocked to have suits cut by Edward, Twiggy with her gamine beauty, started a whole new trend for ladies tailoring and the body fit required to accentuate a feminine form through mens tailoring methods meant that Edward had to develop patterns and a fit that hugged the body like no other.

Refining his skills and with a list of eager customers Edward decided to move closer to where they lived, setting up his atelier in Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge. Now with the help of his two right hand men Dominic and Peter as well as his grandson Henry the house is still thriving with a busy workshop and keen apprentices eager to learn skills that only Edward can teach.

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Dominic Sebag-Montefiore joined over ten years ago after working with Maurice Sedwell as a trouser cutter and now as well as cutting many of the suits he helps manage their offshore ‘bespoke’, a chance to snap up a Sexton suit for a deal less then the in house ones. Interestingly chatting with Dominic, he sees a whole new desire for tailoring by the younger generation.

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The creative and tech industries have turned things on their head, as “athleisure” has replaced the suit at work so tailoring has become the choice for nights out and weekends. Without the constraints of dull greys and navy the choice of colour and cloth is more important. Time to pay Edward a visit and add an iconic Dashing x Sexton suit to the wardrobe.

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