[Hu Bing, David Gandy, Dylan Jones, Tinie Tempah]
Earlier this month The Woolmark Company, Pierre Lagrange and the Savile Row Bespoke Association hosted a cocktail reception at Mayfair’s exclusive Mark’s Club to celebrate ‘The Ambassador’s Project’ for London Collections Men.
Chairman of Huntsman and former Chairman of the Savile Row Bespoke Association, Pierre Lagrange, conceived ‘The Ambassador’s Project’ in June 2015.
[Tinie Tempah, Oliver Cheshire]
The project is a collaboration between member houses of the Savile Row Bespoke Association and The Woolmark Company who have worked with London Collections Men ambassadors to create very special Merino wool bespoke suits, promoting the practices and traditions that have made Savile Row the home of the very best bespoke tailoring and a byword for unrivalled quality around the world.
Ambassadors Hu Bing, David Gandy, Dermot O’Leary and Tinie Tempah were joined by Pierre Lagrange, London Collections Men Chairman Dylan Jones OBE, British models Paul Sculfor and Oliver Cheshire, British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush CBE, President of Conde Nast International Nicholas Coleridge CBE and The Woolmark Company’s Peter Ackroyd to showcase their finished garments.
Guests enjoyed mini beef burgers and lobster and black truffle spoons created by Mark’s Club, whilst sipping Ruinart Champagne and Mark’s Club own exciting Mediterranean gin and tonic infused with thyme and apple bitters.
[Hu Bing, Pierre Lagrange]
Wool has been used timelessly for menswear suiting due to the nature of the fibre’s flexibility, crafted by spinners, weaver and finishers to create a plethora of fabric qualities and finishes, each offering a softness and drape in tailoring envied by other fibres.
London Collections Men’s multitalented international ambassador Hu Bing elected for a charcoal three-piece Merino wool suit by Huntsman, a tailor responsible for a veritable Who’s Who of customers from royalty and heads of state through to stars of stage and screen.
[David Gandy, Dermot O’Leary]
With a double-breasted peak lapel, the inside of Hu bing’s suit is subtly embroidered with his initials in red silk referencing his connections with Asia alongside monkey; a humorist take on the coming Chinese New Year.
Iconic British model David Gandy collaborated with the prestigious tailor Henry Poole to create a Merino wool window-pane check suit, complete with waistcoat featuring the Jaguar logo as a reference to his love of vintage cars, whilst Tinie Tempah appropriately partnered with Edward Sexton – the tailor to the world’s most famous musicians – to imagine a contemporary split-suit, with a Donegal texture wool-rich jacket and narrow-leg Merino wool flannel trousers.
[Gordon Richardson, Caroline Rush]
London Collections Men Chairman and Editor of British GQ Dylan Jones favoured the contemporary architecturally inspired design of Kilgour in a double-breasted travel performance Merino wool fabric, while in contrast television and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary chose a double-breasted two show two, peak lapel with flat-front trouser suit from Hardy Amies in a lightweight Merino wool flannel.
Savile Row Bespoke
Edward Sexton (26 Beauchamp Place , London SW3 1NJ)
Hardy Amies (8 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PE)
Henry Poole (15 Savile Row, London W1S 3PJ)
Kilgour (5 Savile Row, London W1S 3PB)
The Woolmark Company