The Savile Row Seal of Approval: Richard Anderson Ltd

Richard Anderson Ltd – one of Savile Row’s most prestigious and storied tailoring houses – opened its doors at number 13 on the globally-renowned street in 2001.

Well versed in creating fine garments, co-directors Richard Anderson and Brian Lishak – along with their team of tailors – collectively have over 100 years’ experience in the industry and are famed for their exuberant approach to this intricate craft. The team of sartorial experts pride themselves on offering the quality and precision of traditional tailoring, injected with a modern twist of lively colours, as seen in their refined house style.

The trademark of Richard Anderson Ltd is creating clothing to complement and accentuate each individual client’s profile. This drive for personalised perfection is clearly illustrated by the fact that head cutter Richard takes all the measurements for customers wanting a bespoke, made-to-measure suit. As a result, this synergy of unique style and exquisite attention to detail has seen famous customers such as George Michael and Bryan Ferry come through the door.

Summer suiting

Now that we’re in the throes of warmer weather, the garment-making specialists at Richard Anderson Ltd have announced that summer linens and bright coloured accessories are the main themes for this season’s campaign.

The versatility and inimitable qualities of linen have seen it become a fabric favourite during the summer months. But with traditional colourways chiefly comprising beiges, tobacco and blues, this textile hasn’t always been top of the list when it comes to producing stand-out seasonal apparel. So, when searching for the perfect cloth to headline their summertime suiting promotion, the shades on offer within our 12oz Lisburn Linen collection caught the Savile Row tailor’s attention straight away.

Aside from its cool and breathable nature, the rationale behind choosing this Dugdale Bros cloth was its superior performance when compared to lighter 9oz linen options on offer – especially how its heavyweight composition ensures increased resistance to creasing.

For the experienced tailor, choosing a perfectly balanced colour for a seasonal piece is an important first step and finding one that is timeless, refined and adaptable without being flamboyant or over-the-top, is no easy task. Opting for the Lisburn collection’s refreshing teal shade for the campaign’s ready-to-wear jacket centrepiece, Richard found that the cloth’s subtly striking colour ensured that the transition from daytime to evening would be smooth and effortless. At all times of day, the jacket will provide a comfortable, elegant addition to any outfit composition – whether as part of a more formal look with trousers or as a relaxed alternative, draped around the shoulders.

``The dry handle and subtle texture of the linen gives the jacket an extra element of charm, and a sportier style slanted pocket contributes a versatile touch.”

It’s all in the detail

When commenting on the rationale behind choosing this particular cloth, Richard Anderson Ltd explains that “the dry handle and subtle texture of the linen gives the jacket an extra element of charm, and a sportier style slanted pocket contributes a versatile touch”. The casual style – combined with its stunning colour – makes this jacket the perfect choice for any summer BBQ, where it would be delicately styled as a blazer with white linen trousers or chinos. Alternatively, it could be worn as part of a smarter outfit, as seen at outdoor sporting events such as race meetings, the Henley Royal Regatta or even one of the season’s many tennis tournaments.

To ensure seamless, on-trend styling, the tailors at Richard Anderson Ltd recommend weaving a touch of vibrancy into the model look with a set of rich-coloured felt braces. With a superb selection of colours and a subtly textured finish – offset by white leather and brass fittings – these are an essential for any gentleman’s formal wardrobe. Similarly, the rich spectrum of luxurious ribbed knit socks showcased in the Savile Row tailor’s campaign, presents an array of options to brighten up any summer outfit.

Tales of a tailor

As well as crafting ready-to-wear, made-to-measure and bespoke garments, celebrated cutter Richard Anderson has also written the industry-acclaimed book, ‘Bespoke – Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed’. His sartorial musings are designed to inform, excite and inspire likeminded tailoring enthusiasts, and in his latest work – ‘Making the Cut’ – he explores the fascinating history and design of Savile Row’s most iconic menswear pieces and how they integrate into a modern gentleman’s wardrobe. It is a unique book, full of original sketches and photographs, that gives a real insight into the time and dedication that go into crafting truly impressive garments.

We’re extremely proud to have had our luxury cloth recognised and chosen to form part of this celebrated tailor’s summer campaign, and if you’ve had your sartorial interest piqued, you can find out more about the other colours available in our Lisburn Linen collection here.