Fashion: On the Savile Road

The jacket nips in at the waist, flares out slightly at the side with twin vents in the back. Padding squares off the shoulders. There are four buttons on the sleeve, and — a vestige from days when gentlemen rolled back their cuffs to duel or simply wash their hands — the buttons unbutton. The look of a custom-made Savile Row suit is unmistakable. So is its durability, mainly because of thousands of hand-stitched seams in the canvas foundations. For all its vaunted prestige, the suit's greatest virtue may actually be its price: even with a 21% import duty,...

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