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Recollections of Edward Sexton  – Everlasting Fashion

Recollections of Edward Sexton  – Everlasting Fashion


Edward Sexton, the English bespoke tailor, sadly handed away this week.

We have been, as many readers will know, imagined to be holding a chat with Edward this previous Spring, however his well being has been poor for some time and that was postponed. 

In preparation for the speak, Edward and I had had a reminiscing speak collectively, going over the previous days with Tommy Nutter, the celebrities and the personalities, and disrupting Savile Row. And that is how he comes again to me now – trying intently as he made some extent, gesticulating slowly, with an occasional curl on the nook of his mouth that will flip right into a smile.

I didn’t know Edward wherever close to in addition to many friends or prospects, however we had many such interactions over time. He and spouse Joan have been at all times entrance and centre at our Symposium talks in Florence – at all times curious, at all times . That’s them above at the Retail Symposium in 2017.

Two years earlier he had taken half in the tailoring iteration of that collection, alongside the likes of Lorenzo Cifonelli, Antonio Panico and Antonio Liverano. There was a dialogue on the 4 Seasons (pictured prime) after which an indication of kinds within the atelier of Stefano Bemer (beneath).

Of these different tailoring greats, it was Lorenzo that Edward appeared probably the most like, and I keep in mind the 2 spent a superb time speaking that day. Each had the same mixture of the intense and humorous – typically smiling, welcoming, however turning on a sixpence to severe dialogue as quickly because it was raised. 

I keep in mind I had an unexpectedly lengthy dialog with Edward that night about overcoats. 

He had a factor for lengthy coats, and bemoaned their ever-shortening proportions – couldn’t perceive it as a style alternative or a sensible alternative. I agreed, clearly, wholeheartedly, and we spent the subsequent half an hour discussing our good coat, with its size, its drama, and a passable buttoned-up-to-the-chin high quality. 

A few months later we began work on making the same mannequin – which I’ve worn with pleasure ever since, even because it advanced and was shortened, at all times in session with Edward. 

Speak throughout our fittings was slightly extra restricted, with most of it round specific cloths or points of match that Edward most well-liked. 

He favored a jacket to cowl the seat utterly, in order that from the rear (or from the entrance with a double-breasted) the legs appeared to haven’t any finish, working up into the jacket and theoretically carrying on eternally. There was a parallel there with a girl’s skirt which I at all times thought hinted on the sexiness of Sexton clothes – for males and for girls. 

Edward’s occasional remark about fabric was at all times price noting, for instance concerning Lesser’s or Lumb’s Golden Bale, as a result of they got here from expertise and also you got here to Edward for a really specific look, so it made sense to make use of no matter fabric he favored for that specific look. 

Through the years we made two fits to go with the coat – a gray flannel DB and a brown linen DB – and they’ll each be extra particular now, just because they’re means to recollect somebody you at all times felt you bought on with, and loved being with. 

I keep in mind once we have been getting ready for our speak, sitting exterior The Service, Edward mentioned one thing like, “the speak might be nice Simon, you’re at all times good at placing individuals at their ease”. I can’t consider a higher praise as an interviewer, and I believe it’s one that may stick with me.

The opposite factor that struck me throughout that speak was how radical Edward and Tommy have been again within the Nineteen Seventies. 

Not a lot for the exaggerated styling of the garments, or the celebrities that got here to the Row for the primary time, however the general anti-establishment angle. At one level their store – on the western facet of the Row – had a window show of dustbins and dancing stuffed rats.

Everybody that has been heralded as ‘shaking up the Row’ ever since pales by comparability, whether or not it’s the nineties Richard James/Timothy Everest/Ozwald Boateng era, or the assorted streetwear and different iterations since. 

All the things appears instantly extra business and mediocre. 

I’m certain each different article on-line in the intervening time will inform concerning the tailoring on Abbey Street, the fits for Mick and Bianca, jumpsuits for John and Ono, dressing Bowie, Hockney, Sir Hardy Amies. It truly is an unbelievable listing. 

However arguably Edward’s work was extra important for the affect it had on business – for the other ways he labored. 

What began with improvements like girls’s tailoring later prolonged naturally into making costumes for Poor Little Wealthy Woman and different movies; changing into a marketing consultant to Wilkes Bashford after which Saks Fifth Avenue within the US; and curating Stella McCartney’s first assortment for Chloe. 

On a regular basis he was breaking new floor. 

Apart from, as he advised me throughout that chat: “I didn’t know a lot of the celebrities, Simon – Tommy introduced them in, promised them the world, after which I needed to ship it!” He was a lot nearer to Paul and Stella McCartney, later, than to the group round Nutter’s within the seventies. 

Thanks, Edward, for our occasions collectively. And my best possible needs to Dominic and the entire Sexton crew as they take the corporate ahead. 



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