By  on May 6, 2008

LONDON — Douglas Hayward, the London tailor who counted Roger Moore, Michael Caine, Terence Stamp, Tony Bennett and Ralph Lauren among his clients, died April 26. He was 73. 

According to British press reports, Hayward's death followed a series of strokes over the last decade.

Hayward, who had a tailoring shop on Mount Street in Mayfair, became known in the 1960s for catering to England’s new generation of acting, business and sporting talent. His suits were defined by their relaxed silhouettes, which featured high armholes, double vests and slim cut trousers. 

Alongside being a favorite among the denizens of swinging London, Hayward dressed celebrities for a number of film roles. He designed the suits Caine wore in The Italian Job, those Roger Moore wore in his James Bond films and also dressed Clint Eastwood for a number of his films. 

Hayward was born in Kensington 1934, and after a period of service in England’s Royal Navy, began working as a tailor, dressing actors such as Stamp and Peter Sellers. He opened the Mount Street store in 1967 and it remains on the street. Hayward’s daughter with his former wife Glenys Roberts, Polly Hayward, took over the business in 2006.

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