For those chaps who cannot yet afford Savile Row bespoke prices, the next best thing is to purchase vintage items that were perhaps constructed within that hallowed epicentre of bespoke tailoring. With a few adjustments by a competent seamstress, the item can easily be turned into clothing that still outsmarts most new items.
Savvy Row. One of the leading on-line retailers of classic vintage clothing for men, Savvy Row’s handpicked items include suits, overcoats, smoking jackets, tweeds, sports jackets, hats and shoes by makers such as Crombie, John G Hardy, Bladen, Harris Tweed, DAKS, Aquascutum, Lock & Co., Church’s and other reputable Jermyn Street establishments. savvyrow.co.uk
Bobby and Dandy. A charming little establishment in an area of Hove that makes for a very pleasant afternoon of vintage shopping. The delightful Donna Grimaldi is a welcome burst of vintage glamour in a shop stuffed to the rafters with men’s and women’s vintage raiment, with a generous selection of modish menswear and elegant gentlemen’s accessories. bobbysox.co.uk
Tweedmans Vintage. Vintage men’s Harris Tweed jackets, suits, velvet jackets, tweed jackets and retro accessories from all eras covering the 1920s to the 1980s, as well as a fine selection of quality modern menswear. New stock added daily. tweedmansvintage.co.uk
Fogey Unlimited. An exclusively on-line emporium of all things gentlemanly, from vintage tweed jackets to braces, monocles, sock suspenders and sleeve garters. Fogey Unlimited also stock a range of vintage gentlemen’s undergarments, though thankfully unworn. fogeyunlimited.co.uk