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Beloved By Royalty

W magazine has been busy getting to the bottom of why Richard James is beloved by royalty, from Diddy to Prince William.

To illustrate his pull, Richard reposes (top) with Richard James-clad actors Tom Bateman, Tom Ellis and Ben Robson while (middle) Bateman and Toby Huntington-Whitely model prototypes of the Swarovski crystal-encrusted evening jackets we made for Elton John and (bottom) Huntington-Whitely is moved by a SS16 My Green Trauma shirt.

Pictures by Walter Pfeiffer.

Richard James W magazine

Richard James W magazine

W magazine Richard James

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Clear Choice

Here’s Mac, who has been cleaning our windows since the very day we first opened shop on Savile Row twenty-five years ago.

Savile Row was a bit of a drab, dusty street when we arrived and eschewing the traditional frosted glass shop windows of the street in favour of crystal-clear (thanks to Mac) plate glass to showcase the product and make visiting a bespoke Savile Row tailor an altogether less intimidating experience was, and remains, an important part of our rationale.

Do let us know if you’d like us to put you in contact with the best window cleaner in Mayfair.

And search for #richardjames25 on Instagram and Twitter for more about our first twenty-five years on Savile Row.

Richard James Savile Row

Richard James Savile Row

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Dog Day Afternoon

Joe and Jarvis (the cockers…) are visiting the office.

There are some interesting magazine covers and pieces of press from our twenty-five years on Savile Row (Happy Birthday to us) on the wall behind them.

Hugh Grant in Richard James on the cover of Vanity Fair, the football we produced with Umbro for the 2006 Fifa World Cup, Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman in Richard James camo on the cover of George magazine, Elton John in Richard James Bespoke in British GQ…

Search #RichardJames25 on Instagram and Twitter to see some more special moments from our first quarter of a century on Savile Row.

Joe and Jarvis at Richard James

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Birthday Suit

An out-on-the-town Richard James-clothed (save for the hat) Philip Oakley (yes, he of Philip Oakley Illuminations) attracts the attention of Naked News in 2001.

And, bottom right, the same evening suit as featured in the pages of GQ the same year.

Search #RichardJames25 on Instagram and Twitter to see some more special moments from our first quarter of a century on Savile Row.

Philip Oakley in a Richard James suit

Richard James evening suit

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Crystal Tips

Here’s the glittering, unashamedly outré gold jacket that Swarovski commissioned us to make using their celebrated crystals in 2007.

It’s another special piece from our archive, which we are currently having a good rummage through with our 25th anniversary in mind. Search #RichardJames25 on Instagram and Twitter to see some more special moments from our first quarter of a century on Savile Row.

Some 28,000 crystals went into the making of this jacket and it took two of our steady-handed, eagle-eyed finest eight days to apply them, exactingly, individually, one by one, with tweezers…

The job proved to be something of a dress rehearsal as in 2011 we worked with Swarovski to create the wardrobe for Sir Elton John’s The Million Dollar Piano shows at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

An incredible 1,700,000 Swarovski crystals went into that gear and, again, they were all applied by hand… We made fifteen suits, a number of shirts, some stand-out socks and a cape fit for the most courageous of crusaders. The cape alone weighed 22 kilos…

Another shining example of our work at Richard James Bespoke.

Richard James Savile Row Tailor

Richard James Savile Row Tailor

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#RichardJames25

We’re twenty-five this year!

Yes, it’s been a whole quarter of a century since we first opened our doors on Savile Row, and caused a little bit of a buzz and some slight consternation in doing so….

To mark the occasion we’ve been looking through our archives and will be posting a few images of some memorable moments and episodes on Instagram and Twitter. Search for #RichardJames25 if you’d like to have a look.

Here, to get things started, we have our first seasonal advertising image from Spring/Summer 2000, a piece (featuring some handsome men) from the Sunday Times Style of 25th June 1995 about our then new 2,000 sq ft store at 31 Savile Row (we have since moved to bigger premises at No. 29…) and a picture of our friend Philip Oakley’s (yes, he of Philip Oakley Illuminations) wonderful real snow snowmen (Dick, we think. They were called Dick and Jim…) in the window of the Savile Row store for Christmas 2014.

Richard James Savile Row Tailor

Richard James Savile Row Tailor

Richard James Savile Row Tailor