Savile Row, 1939
This article from England’s defunct Picture Post magazine depicts the process of ordering and making a suit at Williams, Sullivan, & Co., a firm that occupied 12 Savile Row at the time of publication in 1939. Today the building houses Chittleborough and Morgan, formerly of Tommy Nutters’ shop, and the Scabal flagship store. (Check out a recent Chittleborough and Morgan suit in navy seersucker at Permanent Style.) Picture Post was a photo-heavy publication not unlike LIFE, and this piece gave the reader a glimpse into the clubby atmosphere of a tailor’s shop (for the customers, at least; the article mentions sewing girls making £3 a week—around £165 today).
“Even if you cannot tell an Englishman abroad by anything else, you can tell him by his suit. The suit may be old, it may have done a dozen years’ service, but its cut and the way it hangs on his body identify the owner as an Englishman.”
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THE ECONOMIST | KENYA ON THE CATWALK
GRACE NDUTA has never ventured far from Korogocho, the Nairobi slum where she lives. But her handiwork has. Bags she helped make were slung over the skinny shoulders of fashion models as they strutted the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week earlier this month.
Mrs Nduta belongs to a collective of Kenyan craftswomen that makes handbags and other accessories for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, a Briton. Their work could be one answer to Africa’s failure so far to manufacture much for export. Making consumer goods fast and in large quantities has proved difficult. But haute couture needs skilled hands more than speed, and these abound.
Continue reading about the economic impact of ethical manufacturing and traditional handicraft in Africa via The Economist.
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