Malcolm Plews doesn’t work on Savile Row any longer. You will find him at Meyer & Mortimer’s at nearby Sackville Street.
However, if you ask a Savile Row cutter, who is the best Savile Row cutter today, chances are great they will name Malcolm Plews, perhaps together with Edward Sexton, who neither is on Savile Row nowadays.
Although Malcolm Plews and Edward Sexton have left The Row itself they still embody the highest art of Savile Row cutting.
Malcolm Plews has worked more than 50 years as bespoke tailor at Savile Row firms, for instance at Gieves and Kilgour. Being tailor to prince Charles he holds a Royal Warrant. In short, if someone has the keys to a true Savile Row suit it must be Malcolm. So I decided to make an inteview with him.
Content of the interview
Malcolm Plews touches upon:
- His own way into Savile Row
- How cutting and tailoring have changed on Savile Row
- Savile Row in the 1960s and 1970s
- Tommy Nutter
- When small tailors had to leave Savile Row
- One man business vs big houses on Savile Row
- The importance of quality and fit
- Differences between coatmakers
- How to draft a good pattern
- Rock of eye and manipulation of a block pattern
- The right fit