Awards


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TV Show

Backstage at last night’s National Television Awards in London.

Sir Tom Jones and Aidan Turner all set to go in Richard James.

Super styling by Peter Hawker and Kenny Ho respectively.

Tom Jones wears Richard James Savile Row

Aidan Turner wears Richard James Savile Row

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Legend

Sir Tom Jones in Richard James Bespoke at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012


And here’s Sir Tom in Richard James Bespoke at the GQ Men of the Year awards, where he was honoured as Legend of the Year.

That’s a Subtle Black Watch dinner jacket, black evening trousers with satin tape, a white cotton poplin shirt and a ribbed black silk bow tie.

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My, my, my…

Sir Tom Jones in Richard James Bespoke for the GQ Man of the Year awards


Looking good… Sir Tom Jones in Richard James Bespoke ready for last night’s GQ Man of the Year awards. Now that is how to wear a bespoke Savile Row suit.

Subtle Black Watch dinner jacket, black evening trousers with satin tape, white cotton poplin shirt and black ribbed silk bow tie.

Grace Jones presented Sir Tom with the Legend of the Year award and her knickers. He’ll never lose it.

Picture by Sir Tom’s stylist Peter Hawker.

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Individuality And A Certain Pottiness

Richard James and Ross Hancock, British Esquire's Best-Dressed Real Man 2010

To Harrods’ considerable menswear department where East London tailor (or cutter, as we prefer it) Ross Hancock was anointed British Esquire’s Best-Dressed Real Man 2010. His impressive prize was a £30,000 wardrobe, a Longines watch and an Esquire cover shoot. The secret of his success? “It’s about traditions, but there are no rules anymore,” he told us. “Just so long as you understand something about the body, clothes and techniques.”

The judges were our own Richard James, British Esquire editor Jeremy Langmead, Harrods’ head of menswear Jason Broderick, designer Roland Mouret, T4 presenter Jameela Jamil and Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser.

“What ‘real man’ means is people dressed normally on the street, but with an attitude,” explained Richard.  “People’s style should be dictated to by their personality. All the finalists had a great sense of style, and it’s lovely to see someone with their own sense of style; it shows someone has a spirit, their own sense of individuality. So I was looking for individuality. That and a certain pottiness.”

British Esquire’s fashion team trawled the whole of the UK in search of their man. And two trends they came across along the way were coloured shoe laces and bow ties, just the sort of thing that has come to the attention of Marigay McKee, the esteemed fashion and beauty director at Harrods, which stocks some 300 men’s labels, including Richard James.

“Men’s fashion is going in two directions,” remarked Marigay. “There’s sartorial on one side and relaxed casual with a twist on the other. With Richard James, men know they’re buying Savile Row. It fits well. But they’re also conscious that they’re buying Savile Row with extra design.”