Savile Row Bespoke Tailoring
Bespoke Tailoring is the process by which a suit is created for an individual by a skilled tailor. For two centuries Savile Row in London's West End has been the international home of bespoke tailoring, with a community of over 100 tailors working side-by-side. However, rising rents and business rates, along with the changing nature of the row, now pose a threat to their livelihoods.
A study has been undertaken in response to development pressures on these tailors' premises. This aims to understand the nature, activities and extent of bespoke tailoring in the West End, to ascertain whether further policies and initiatives are needed to protect and promote this sector.
The council is using the findings of the study to further engage with the landowners, the tailoring industry and agencies such as the London Development Agency and the Central London Partnership to ensure the future of Savile Row as the international home of bespoke tailoring.
The Savile Row Strategic Group
The council has listened to concerns raised by those working on Savile Row and together they have come up with ideas to revitalise bespoke tailoring.
To take these ideas forward, the council is leading the Savile Row Strategic Group that brings together tailors and landlords. One task will be to review Westminster's existing planning policy and offer guidance to support the bespoke tailoring industry and safeguard Savile Row's unique character.
Find out more
Printed copies of the report are available priced £25. To buy a copy, or to find out more about projects relating to Bespoke Tailoring in Savile Row and the Strategic Group, please contact us.
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