Modern Living: The London Look

The 60 or so tailoring establishments that cluster in and around London's Savile Row seem as immutably English as crumpets or coronets. And, like many another English institution, from the gentleman's club to the butler, the sartorial capital of the male world has been hard hit by rising costs and sagging incomes. Most of all, perhaps, the market for the classic "bespoke"* men's suits—which can run over $600 apiece—has been crimped by changing tastes and Savile Row tailors' haughty reluctance to acknowledge that, even in men's clothing, fashions do change.

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