Savile Row Bespoke on Instagram Savile Row Bespoke on Vimeo
May 29, 2024
Concours on Savile Row Success

The vagaries of the weather failed to dampen spirits as rain gave way to spring sunshine and thousands of visitors descended on our celebrated street for the third Concours on Savile Row.

A host of Savile Row Bespoke Association (SRBA) members and our neighbours partnered with leading lights of the automotive world to demonstrate the exceptional level of craftsmanship that goes into both Savile Row bespoke tailoring and the development and production of the most desirable vehicles on the road.

More than fifty classic and future-classic cars and motorcycles were on show on a red-carpeted Savile Row, from the corner of Clifford Street all the way down to Burlington Gardens. Highlights included an exceptionally elegant 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide (pictured, second) on display outside Huntsman that was formerly owned by the late Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlies Watts, a long-time client of the tailoring house. The car was neatly complemented by an exhibition that featured a number of Watts’ stunning Huntsman suits.

Striking an altogether contemporary note, SRBA member Edward Sexton partnered with Callum Skye, and displayed the company’s striking all-terrain 2+2 (pictured, third). And Richard James got together with Audi and dressed a Q8 e-tron GT in eye-catching papaya with a Savile Row-style stitch detail (pictured, bottom).

Another highlight was the fuselage of a reconnaissance Spitfire that was on display at No.1 Savile Row, the home of SRBA member Gieves & Hawkes. Presented in conjunction with the Association of Heritage Engineers, the fuselage forms a central part of the Spitfire AA810 restoration project. Remarkably, pledges were made at Concours that very nearly reached the £1.2m target to complete the work.

There were also two well-attended seminars at the Royal Academy of Arts. On the Wednesday a panel of experts that included SRBA chair Mark Henderson, Marc Allum of BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow and Hannah Higham, the Royal Academy’s senior collections curator, discussed approaches to restoration and preservation taken by the art, automotive and tailoring worlds.

The other SRBA members that took part in Concours were Dege & Skinner, Hackett, Henry Poole & Co and Norton & Sons.

A stunning 1995 McLaren F1 that was formerly owned by Formula 1 champion Mario Andretti was voted Best of Show, with Charlie Watts’ Lagonda LG6 Rapide finishing closely behind in the runner-up spot.

The SRBA would like to thank Concours organisers Hothouse Media and The Pollen Estate, Westminster City Council and the event's sponsors - EFG Private Bank, Aranyani, Hagerty, Royal Academy of Arts and Blick Rothenberg.

Top two pictures by Matt Howell.



> Read the Archive
Website Credits Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy Copyright Savile Row Bespoke Asssociation 2014 / 2024