Last week Richard Anderson, ex-Huntsman head cutter and now a Savile Row pillar in his own right, launched his first full ready-to-wear (RTW) collection in the shop.
Why did you decide to launch RTW now?
We had a small collection when Brian (Lishak) and I first set up, but we felt the timing was now right to offer a full range. We always said we wanted the bespoke side to be bedded in, stable and settled, and I think we’re at that point now.
We always have requests for RTW, probably one or two every day in the shop. It’s a mix of casual shoppers and people who know us and what we do, but there is clearly a market.
I think RTW provides a good introduction to Richard Anderson for people who can’t afford a bespoke suit yet, or for fathers to introduce their sons to us.
Where is it made?
It’s made in Italy in a great factory that was recommended to us by a friend. We didn’t want to just tweak someone else’s block, which is of course what most people do. I cut our own coat and trouser pattern and then we went to find someone that could interpret that.
We tried several factories before settling on this one. Many just couldn’t get the cut right or the make wasn’t good enough. We wanted a fully canvassed suit that would be similar enough in cut, balance and styling to our bespoke suits. The armhole had to be high enough, for example. It’s still not quite as high as bespoke, but it’s very good. It needed a nice long suppression through the side seam. And the width of the collar, the height of the notch and the step of the collar, all had to be just right.