Tailor Reintroduces the Bond Cut

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Sean ConneryThe Mayfair tailor who made many of the suits worn by Sean Connery in the early Bond films has recreated the cut and made it available to the public. In Goldfinger, Connery wore a lightweight suit with a Prince of Wales check, as well as a barleycorn Harris Tweed jacket, which he wore with a pair of Cavalry Twill trousers. Both the suit and the coat are now available as bespoke items from Anthony Sinclair, now run by David Mason.

The two outfits have been released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the cinema release of Dr. No in 1962. The three suits worn by Bond in Dr. No were also made by Anthony Sinclair. Sinclair cut a 2-button suit coat with strong padded shoulders, a roped sleevehead, high armholes, a soft and somewhat draped chest and a nipped waist. He also cut a shorter jacket length and lower button stance compared to most English tailors, according to the fashion of the 1960s.

Connery wore neither belt nor braces with his suits. Instead his trousers featured something known as ‘Daks tops’, invented by Simpsons of Piccadilly. These allowed the waist to be adjusted by button-tabs on each side; he also used one of the three buttons on the left side of the trousers to secure his shoulder holster. Connery also, in the first and only instance of Bond headwear, wore a grey trilby for some of the London scenes of the film.

Anthony Sinclair is also reintroducing the Conduit Cut, named after the tailor’s location in London near Savile Row. The Conduit Cut was first designed for Sean Connery and can now be ordered by anyone who has £3,500 to spare.

Further details on the suits of James Bond may be found at Thesuitsofjamesbond.com

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