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#01 THE TAILOR PATRICK GRANT

PATRICK GRANT

The subtle seduction of luxury has a lot to do with its scarcity,’ says Patrick Grant proprietor of Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons and creative director of its little brother label E. Tautz. ‘Once something becomes too ubiquitous, it loses its cachet.’ Savile Row suits, with their bespoke production techniques and small distribution runs, are, by definition, he says, luxurious.
To this end Norton & Sons uses only English cloths, as Grant believes they’re the best available. With a team of cutters making just 200 or so suits a year, Norton’s designs are ‘made in a slower, more considered, and therefore more expensive way. The end result is flattering and highly seductive.’
Grant bought Norton & Sons eight years ago, after seeing an ad, ‘Bespoke Tailor for Sale’, in The Financial Times. Its successful revamp is down to his unique ability to mix traditional and modern sensibilities. His collections are inspired by everything from West Indian ‘Sunday best’, Scottishness and kitsch religious icons to London’s multicultural mix. ‘It’s all in the detail,’ he says. ‘The edge of a pocket square, bright red socks. It’s about making a statement.’

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Marius W Hansen

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#01 PORTFOLIO GALLERY

LESS IS MORE

“Our suits are made in a slower, more considered way. The result is flattering and highly seductive. That gives them a tangible difference”

PATRICK GRANT

WATCHWORD

Grant’s desk at his atelier in Wapping, with his daily tools of the trade, including fabric from his latest collection. Tudor’s ‘Heritage Black Bay’ watch features an elegant but heavy-duty black fabric strap.

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#01 INSPIRATION GALLERY

08:00

Broadway Market

Patrick Grant cycles along the Thames to the E. Tautz atelier in Wapping, taking in Broadway Market along the way. ’Cycling around London I am constantly inspired,’ he says. ’There’s a rich cultural and ethnic clothing history being played out on the streets.’

09:00

E. Tautz Atelier,
Wapping, London

Grant’s studio is a place for inspiration in itself. ‘We’re currently working on a collection for S/S 2014’, says Grant. ‘It’s very opulent – all silks and prints and flowing shapes. I’ve been inspired by Edwardians and Teddy boys, 1970s Peacocks, Africans and Middle-Eastern culture.’

12:30

Stour Space,
Tower Hamlets,
London

A collaborative exhibition, performance and studio space on River Lea overlooking the Olympic stadium provides a constant source of inspiration for Grant.

13:30

The Counter Café,
Hackney Wick,
London

The Counter Café situated in Stour Space provides the perfect lunch spot, located among the cluster of workshops and warehouses in this area of Hackney.

14:30

Savile Row

Grant spends the afternoon in the Norton & Sons Savile Row workshop. ’On Savile Row we are surrounded by art – whether this be found in the boutique galleries of Cork Street or in the mega galleries of Hauser & Wirth and Blain/Southern on Hanover Square.’

16:00

Tate Britain,
Millbank, London

Grant likes to spend time at the Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Hayward Gallery whenever he can. He explains that ‘art plays a big part in the collections that we develop. The boundaries between visual art and the kind of modern clothing we make are not that wide.’

17:00

Berry Bros & Rudd,
St James’s Street,
London

Grant enjoys shopping for shortbread and wine at the end of his working day. ‘I’m inspired by old shops that personify British heritage, quality and eccentricity’ he says. ‘Wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd is a beautiful and quirky time capsule of wonky wooden loveliness and one of the most atmospheric stores in the world.‘

19:00

The Wolseley,
Piccadilly, London

The café-restaurant on St James’s Street is typical of the elegant dining experience that inspires Grant. ‘Food and restaurants are very important to me,’ he says. ‘I tend to lunch at places that are grown-up and charming and serve delicious food.’

21:00

Brasserie Zédel,
Sherwood Street,
London

Grant finds inspiration in The Art Deco Bar Américain, located in the basement of the former Regent Palace Hotel.

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#01 TUDOR MATERIAL WORLD

TUDOR CRAFT

The handcrafted production process of Tudor’s watch strap is centuries old. With a functional and tonally correct weave, the fabric is as vital to the watchmaker as it is to the tailor. Tudor’s use of fabric is inspired by military watches and the classic NATO strap, and reinforces the label’s sophisticated and modern identity, bringing cutting-edge style while ensuring comfort on the wrist.

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#03 THE DESIGNER NITZAN COHEN

#04 THE CHEF CHRISTOPHE DUFAU

#05 THE GLASS ARTIST J. M. WINTREBERT

#06 THE PERFUMER BEN GORHAM

#07 THE JEWELLER JORDAN ASKILL

#08 THE ARTIST MIKE PERRY

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