Prince Charles' former tailor says Savile Row being ruined by 'half-baked brands' peddling fake Chinese suits

Nicola Harley
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Prince Charles's former tailor says Savile Row is being ruined by “half-baked brands” selling fake Chinese suits.

Tailor Thomas Mahon has now moved his main London base from Mayfair to Marylebone after revealing that less than half of the famed area is still operating as a proper workshop.

“I guarantee you if you are browsing in Savile Row now you will pick up a garment made in China."

Thomas Mahon

He says he has grown disillusioned with Savile Row.

“You’ve now got these half-baked brands that don’t really make things. Only about 35 per cent to 40 per cent of it is now functioning with a proper workshop. In the old days you didn’t even have suits in the shops, everything was made by the tailors," he said in an interview with the Evening Standard.

“I guarantee you if you are browsing in Savile Row now you will pick up a garment made in China."

Mr Mahon, who runs English Cut and formerly worked as head cutter for tailors Anderson & Sheppard, said Savile Row is "not the same place" any more.

Prince Charles - Credit: Getty Images/Getty Images

His bespoke clients, who are believed to include David Beckham and Bryan Ferry, have stayed with him after he moved his flagship store last November.

Mr Mahon, one of Britain's most respected tailors, made Prince Charles's suits for three years until 1995.

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