James Weir, Aiden Traynor, Simon Cundy, Charlie Sweeney - Henry Poole & Co
Simon Cundey of Henry Poole (third from left) with the Poole apprentices receiving their certificates: James Weir, Aiden Traynor and Charlie Sweeney

Last week was the summer party of the Bespoke Tailors Benevolent Association, which is always a nice affair. 

There’s a mix of cutters, coatmakers and cloth merchants, as well as the friends and family of apprentices receiving their Savile Row Bespoke certificates. 

This is not Pitti; there are no peacocks. Many people are in bespoke tailoring, but often without other bespoke or sartorial elements. It is relaxed and it is very social – more like a village fete than an tailoring event. 

Congratulations to all the apprentices that were awarded on the night; it’s fantastic to see so much young blood still coming into tailoring. And many thanks to Claire Barrett of Hawthorne & Heaney for her usual organisational prowess.

Pierre LeGrange Huntsman + Chairman of SRB), Cameron Buchnan - Current Chairman of BTBA, SueThomas (SRB), Philip Parker (Henry Poole & Co + SRB)
The presenters: Pierre LeGrange of Huntsman, Cameron Buchnan the current chairman of the BTBA, Sue Thomas from SRB, and Philip Parker of Henry Poole



Charie Sweeney certificate

The BTBA summer party


Dario Carnera, Huntsman
Dario Carnera of Huntsman


Dan McAngus and Davide Taub, Gieves and Hawkes
Dan McAngus of Graham Browne and Davide Taub of Gieves and Hawkes


Claire Barrett and Kathryn Sargent
Claire Barrett of Hawthorne & Heaney and and Kathryn Sargent


Oliver Spencer, Anderson and Sheppard
Oliver Spencer of Anderson and Sheppard


Chris Bull, Dionne Reeves, Vivenne Wang, Rebecca Mahoney - Huntsman
Chris Bull, Dionne Reeves, Vivenne Wang and Rebecca Mahoney of Huntsman


Simon Crompton and Tommaso Capozzoli
Me, and Tommaso Capozzoli of Stefano Bemer


Pat Bunting - Dormeuil, Pat Murphy - Davies & Son and Geoff Wheeler. - Dugdale bros
Pat Bunting of Dormeuil, Pat Murphy of Davies & Son, and Geoff Wheeler of Dugdales


(Mrs Bright*) & Robert Bright (* not entirely sure!!) - Part of BTBA
Mr and Mrs Robert Bright of the BTBA


Henrys' pencil

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David Taub’s collarless shirt is a standout.
Would welcome your thoughts on collarless shirts , Simon.
Don’t believe you’ve ever wrote about them .


I am an admirer of Davide Taub’s style in general but I am not a big fan of the collarless shirt. To anyone with a long neck, it does rather over-emphasize it in a way that tends to bring to mind giraffe comparisons.


Hi Simon,

I like the color of the suit Tommaso Capozzoli was wearing, it really stands out, could you please check with him and find out what fabric it was made of, if possible get the swatch number.

Many Thanks.


Is James Weir wearing heels? Anyhow, i can’t keep my eye of Simon’s linen jacket (part of a suit, i know). It is quite beautiful.


Interesting report, thank you. Are all SR houses represented? It is not a contest like the Golden Shear award, is it? The saxofonist in the last picture looks a little like Zoot, his cool mate in the Muppet Show.


Hi Simon,
Thanks for sharing! Interestingly enough, the level of formality at such an event is somehow assumed by the attendees, even though there is obviously no written rule related to dress code.
Anyway colourful enough that suited to the weather!


As a fellow sax player, I would say the tenor sax player in the pics (why uncredited?) is holding his own here, if not up to the sartorial dash of Miles Davis or Sonny Rollins 😉


What a jolly event! Unusual to see Mr Parker sans tie. Where was it held?


Hi Simon,
When you decided to wear this jacket as a separate, which options had you considered before settling for these trousers?