The list of massive names to have darkened the doors of Savile Row tailor Richard James over the years – Mark Ronson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Craig, David Beckham, Tinie Tempah, Mo Farah, P Diddy, Jude Law, Tom Cruise, Benicio del Toro, Christian Lacroix, Manolo Blahnik, Mario Testino, Pierce Brosnan – reads more like a guest list at a glittering award’s ceremony than a who’s who of boardroom big-hitters.
As well as craftsmanship (co-founder Sean Dixon says of the house, “We’re an analogue business in a technological world”), such big-hitters have been drawn to the establishment’s knack for injecting fresh, exciting colours into traditional tailoring. And, the latest sportswear collection effectively pays homage to this chromatic exuberance, and applies it to sport and activewear pieces that fuse form and function with the renowned Richard James ethos of pushing the boundaries through cut and design as well as colour.
“We‘ve always had a casual element to our mainline collection, and this has expanded in recent years as menswear has evolved,” says Dixon. “What have been seen as the traditional lines of formal and informal have been blurred considerably – in fact it’s not unusual to see one of our customers wearing an $8,000 bespoke suit with a t-shirt or polo shirt and trainers.
“Richard James London has expanded in this area, applying our usual attributes of fit, function and strong use of colour, particularly within the active part of the collection. A well-cut suit is designed to enhance the wearers physique – we felt that with the right type of cutting, the same could apply to tracksuits, shorts or Ts.
Available from richard-james.com, or the brand’s new home for in Soho opening in the middle of July.
Check out some more of our favourite looks from the collection below.