The British invasion into New York City continues.Following in the footsteps of Huntsman and Thom Sweeney, two U.K. tailors that recently set up shop in the city, Lutwyche has also entered the fray.The London-based bespoke maker has opened an appointment-only shop at 717 Madison Avenue, where it will create custom clothing for customers from an upscale location on the third floor.The brand was founded by Tony Lutwyche in 2000 and currently offers bespoke and made-to-measure clothing as well as a small ready-to-wear collection. The ready-to-wear is carried at several Saks Fifth Avenue stores and Lutwyche also hosts trunk shows at the Saks stores twice a year.His new 3,000-square-foot shop will not carry the ready-to-wear but will focus exclusively on custom and made-to-measure clothing.Before starting his business, Lutwyche attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and was a major in the cavalry. It was there that he got his first taste for sartorial dressing when he had to buy his officer’s uniforms from Savile Row tailors. “They were reassuringly expensive,” he said, “but the experience was disappointing and the product was great, but musty.”Once his military service ended — and a short stint in the banking world proved not to his liking — he set out to provide a better bespoke experience. “People today want to be involved in the process and feel joy in creating something,” he said. He learned the craft from two elderly Greek tailors who “were keen to pass on their skills,” he said.[caption id="attachment_11071532" align="aligncenter" width="210"] Tony Lutwyche[/caption]In 2006, he purchased a Thirties-era workshop in Crewe and further honed his craft. Over the years he has produced for his own brand as well as for other international designers and Savile Row houses (which he declined to name) from out of that workshop. He also operates a shop on Sackville Street in London’s Mayfair district.Today, all Lutwyche garments are made in the London workshop where a made-to-measure suit receives over 40 hours of hand-craftsmanship while a bespoke garment takes about 60 hours.Suits average between $6,000 and $8,000 and take about eight weeks to be delivered.Lutwyche knows he’s “not the only Brit to arrive in town,” but believes his product is unique because of its “balance of modern product and traditional hand skills. Many traditional Savile Row suits are like suits of armor,” he said. “And people expect lighter cloth today.“We’re building clothes for people in the 21st century,” he added, “not the 1890s or the Twenties.”In addition, his military background requires that each garment “should fit perfectly and be perfect,” he said. “Hand-tailored and imperfections don’t have to go hand in hand.”He said there are no plans for other shops in the U.S. at this point. “We’re a small business so can only make so many suits a week,” he said. “We’re well-served with Saks, this store and London.”
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)
@denimdaysfestival, which initially launched in Amsterdam in 2014 and has since expanded to New York, is heading to Nashville for the very first time. The two-day festival, which will take place in November, will feature brand activations, hands-on workshops by artisans and denim mills, a vintage market, live entertainment, and local food and drinks. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Later this month, the popular “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibit will be reopening. @historicroyalpalaces, the charity that manages @kensingtonroyal, has been working towards adding new, never-before-seen garments to the exhibit, including this dress created by Gianni Versace for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The exhibit will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace @wwdfashion
“Our family has always been engaged and interested in the world around us. [My brothers and I] were always encouraged to have our own opinion at a young age, which is not always something a child is asked — especially to have an opinion with reasoning behind it,” said @yarashahidi on becoming an activist. We caught up with the 18 year old last week, where she talked about her road to acting, how “Black-ish” led her to start conversations about identity and more. Head to WWD.com to read what she had to say #wwdeye (📷: @chelsealaurenla)