The august tailoring houses of the Savile Row Bespoke Association aren’t the only ones unhappy with Abercrombie & Fitch’s plans to open a Kids shop on the central London street that is synonymous with British tailoring. Nick Hart, founder of Spencer Hart, the menswear label that was founded with a store on the Row in 2002, has also hit out at the U.S. casual wear brand.
“What has happened is terrible, Savile Row is being destroyed by greedy landlords and that upsets me,” said Hart, who was recently in Singapore to open the city-state’s men’s fashion week. “I hate Abercrombie & Fitch being there. It’s incredibly disappointing. The government should protect this important street.”
Hart, whose 10-year-old brand is practically a newborn babe on the Row, also said that he was “not at all surprised” by the recent bankruptcy of British heritage label Aquascutum. “I’m really upset about it and it’s disgraceful but the [2009 acquisition of Aquascutum by Harold Tillman and Belinda Earl] did not make sense to me because it was sold without intellectual property rights. One factory I know was owed enormous amounts.”