For readers with a passion for bespoke tailoring, Thom Widdett and Luke Sweeney are household names: for those late at the room, the duo became friends when they worked together at Spitalfields-based tailor Timothy Everest before teaming up, striking out on their own and reaching the top of the London tailoring tree well before becoming Tricenarians.
Now, having won over a legion of high-profile clientele with their unique approach to bespoke (their typical suit packs a classic Savile Row cut – think high armhole and slim sleeve – but with some Italian influence such as a softened-up-yet-sharp silhouette, often soft-shouldered jacket) and clean-cut tailoring ready-to-wear selections, the pair are opening what they refer to as a “tailoring townhouse” at 24c Old Burlington Street.
As well as a bespoke tailoring workshop and fitting rooms, the townhouse will also feature a made-to-measure lounge, ready-to-wear sections, members club-style cocktail bar-slash-event space and barber’s shop. Visitors invited down to the lowest floor, meanwhile, while find the bespoke workrooms – home to the team of cutters and coatmakers, congregated around their cutting boards, sewing machines and steam irons. Expect, too, artworks curated by neighbouring Mayfair galleries throughout the public areas.
“The townhouse marks the start of an exciting chapter for Thom Sweeney,” says co-founder, Thom Whiddett. “We’re excited to be moving onto Old Burlington Street, bringing fresh energy to neighbouring Savile Row – an address that’s synonymous with Great British tailoring. We’re also looking forward to presenting a modern vision for a tailor’s shop, with space to unwind as well as to meet our team and browse the collection. This new store is as much a home from home for our customers, as it is a hub for bespoke tailoring.”
See below for more pictures of the Thom Sweeney tailoring townhouse.