Tommy Nutter, Renowned Tailor to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones

Jul 17 19:17 2007 Patrik McMurray Print This Article

Tommy Nutter, renowned tailor to the Beatles and Rolling Stones, brought in change to Savile Row and changed its face forever.

The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have been household names since they burst onto the international music scene in the 60’s. The Beatles were seen as leaders and the Stones did their best to imitate,Guest Posting or outdo them but never really managed to achieve either. They had little in common, but shared the same Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter, who like the Beatles was in a league of his own, allied with another famous name to be, Edward Sexton, they took Savile Row by storm. Tommy shunned the ultra conservative, somewhat stuffy atmosphere, inherent of Savile Row and set about changing its face forever. In 1966Tommy Nutter and Edward Sexton met as sales boy and cutter respectively at Donaldson, Williams & Ward in The Burlington Arcade. They went on to form the most creative partnership in Savile Row's history. Their legacy is carried forth by Timothy Everest and Richard James, both apprentices to Tommy Nutter. And the remaining partner Edward Sexton. In 1969 Nutters of Savile Row opened on Valentine's Day and unleashed the Tommy Nutter/Edward Sexton style on swinging London. Backed by Cilla Black and The Beatles' record company Apple's executive Peter Brown, Nutters of Savile Row dressed the entire social spectrum from the Duke of Bedford and Lord Montague to Mick and Bianca Jagger and The Beatles. You may remember the groundbreaking album “Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” it shook the music industry to its very foundation, nothing like it had ever been done. It was the first concept album and introduced a totally new style of popular rock and roll. No one has been able to produce anything that matches the combined effect it had on music, hairstyle, and graphic art and clothing style. On the cover the “Fab Four” don colourful suits, which became known as the military style and developed by Tommy Nutter. The style has been revived many times over, more recently in 2005- 2006. Nutters were the first shop on Savile Row to pioneer 'open windows' and wild displays executed by Simon Doonan, which must have been a slap in the face for traditionalists at the time. Tommy Nutter died in 1992. As a fitting epitaph, one of Nutter's final commissions was the outlandish purple suit Jack Nicholson wore playing The Joker in Tim Burton's Batman Returns. That same year Richard James, the first of the 'New Generation' tailors, opened a shop on Savile Row. James introduced Saturday opening (a revolution on Savile Row) and a fashionable edge not seen since The House of Nutter's glory days. His demise marked the end of an era and the beginning of another, lead by Richard James, Ozwald Boateng and Timothy Everest, labelled architects and leading practitioners of the new bespoke movement on Savile Row. With all due respect, Tommy Nutter is a very difficult act to follow. He was the original architect of the new bespoke movement. Using the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as vehicles he catapulted his style creations onto the international arena with unabashed, zestful ease. Credit must also go to non Savile Row participants of a later era. Vivian Westwood rocked the fashion world as much as punk rock did. Punk bands adopted her styles forming a similar coalition to that of the Beatles and Tommy Nutter.

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Patrik McMurray
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Here you will find a rare collection of handmade silk ties and cufflinksfor your pleasure and convenience by, Patrick McMurray, Timothy Everest, Ian Flaherty, Cressida Bell, Simon Carter, Shane McCoubrey, Neil Bottle and Michelsons, tie makers since 1937.

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