TWEED TWEAK: Tinie Tempah will be channeling the spirit of Sherlock Holmes come Friday when he dons a three-piece tweed suit made for him by Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons and the Museum of London during London Collections: Men.
The suit has been made by the Savile Row tailor out of the Museum of London’s own tweed weave, which was inspired by the signature long coat and cape worn by the fictional Holmes, the subject of an exhibition running at the museum until April 12.
The museum said Tempah, a London men’s wear ambassador, put his stamp on the suit, choosing the horseshoe waistcoat, tapered trousers, and a slim-fit single-breasted jacket with a golden yellow lining.
The gray suit, which also has dashes of blue, will be acquired by the museum after LC:M, which runs from Jan. 9-12. The museum will add the suit to its fashion and textiles collection as an example of contemporary London men’s wear. The tweed was made in collaboration with Lovat Mill in Hawick, Scotland, Liberty of London and Christys’ Hats.
“I bought my first tweed suit from a vintage shop four years ago — and now to have my own bespoke tweed suit is just phenomenal,” said Tempah. “I love the Museum of London’s tweed — it’s unique, fresh and complements my style. It will be hard to let the suit go.”
Norton’s creative director Patrick Grant said the tweed “looks urban…and the grey of the London skyline on a dreary day. It feels very contemporary.”