A new documentary series on BBC Four about Savile Row in Mayfair. In episode one, aired last night, the arrival of Abercrombie and Fitch in the famous street, the tailors fear for their future.
The episode is available to watch on BBC's iPlayer service for the next week.
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Savile Row (BBC Four) was a bespoke documentary on the London street where even a side-blotched lizard would be asked which side he dresses. The tailors feared they were being stitched up because the jean-makers Abercrombie & Fitch were opening up in the lane. The craftsmen got the last laugh, however, when Mike Jeffries, the CEO of Abercrombie, and a man with a face that looks as if it has been botched up in a Calcutta sweatshop, arrived at Norton and Sons to be measured for a suit.
Happily, though, not before we had met Col Blashford-Snell, a jovial soul in his 70s, who dropped into Norton and Sons to get his explorer's suit seen to before he went up the Amazon. Savile Row suits seem to return to the place they were born like salmon. The colonel demonstrated the many original and handy features on his. "The back pocket is zipped. A chap tried to pick my pocket on the Green Park tube station. I spun round and was about to chop him down but he ran off. He didn't expect a zip." He didn't expect the colonel, either.