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A round-up of different notices today – three separate posts seems like overkill. 

First, I had the pleasure of putting together Mr Porter’s lead journal story last week – featuring some of our favourite craftsmen in London. We gathered together (above, left to right):

  • Mario Valery, Drake’s
  • Eithen Sweet, Thom Sweeney
  • James White, Emma Willis
  • Nicola Pozzani, Floris
  • Davide Taub, Gieves & Hawkes
  • Adam Law, Cleverley; and

We had a good time discussing the pleasures of craft, bespoke and special client requests. And each craftsman brought along an item that was special to them – which was a nice touch.

You can read the full article here. I wouldn’t have called them ‘London’s finest craftsmen’, but there you go.  

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simon crompton with lorenzo cifonelli paris

CIfonelli store Paris launch with Romain

Second, we had the final book launch a couple of weeks ago for The Finest Menswear in the World, as the opening event for the new Cifonelli flagship store in Paris. 

The Rake covered the event, and you can see all the imagery in the article here.

The Cifonelli store is beautiful and it’s nice see how readily the bespoke look translates to high-end ready to wear. Great knitwear with a semi-slim cut as well. 

Dalcuore Napoli FOTO DA INVIARE corretto

And finally, a notice that Neapolitan tailors Dalcuore will be in London next week for the first time. 

I wrote about Dalcuore briefly when reviewing the Brio store in Beijing earlier in the year. They do a great level of ready-to-wear as well as bespoke, and it’s interesting to see how easily the two sit alongside each other. So much easier for the Neapolitans to do with their local manufacturing and its level of handwork. 

Dalcuore are here December 10-13, at 157D Holland Park Avenue W11 4UX. For appointments please contact [email protected] and +393458404232.

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Will their RTW be available/where is it available?


I found it somewhat amusing that a man whose book is titled ‘ The Finest Menswear in the World’ carps about an article titled ‘London’s finest craftsmen’.

The titles are admittedly reductive but hey ho…i enjoyed the porter article and i quite like this comment from Davide Taub, ‘We are mere custodians of our crafts’ and it is nice to see the passion among the custodians.


Hi Simon,
I’ve already read the post on Mr porter website. So just to tell you here that in many respects it was really well done.

Clinton. N. Y.

Re your article on young bloods. Are you aware the Crowes in the city have a new young cutter. Bertie. Nice to see.


Hi Simon,

Off topic question: do you know when the Drake’s factory sale is?



Thanks Simon. I seem to remember that it’s usually the first weekend of December, and since I’m in London this weekend I was hoping that this would be the case this year also!


David Royce

Thom Sweeney MTM suits are made in China by Munro. They tell their customers they are made in the UK. This is not true.


I had a chance to meet Eithen this weekend in NYC, where he accompanied Luke and Richard on one of Thom Sweeney’s regular visits here. It’s exciting to see this still young firm already working so hard to bring in fresh young talent. It feels equally good to know that despite the growing brand (with the new retail store doing well and RTW selling strongly, I’m told) the founders still make the trips out here for fittings because of their passion for and commitment to bespoke tailoring.