Since many people ask me about the new Anthony Sinclair suits and how they compare to what Sean Connery wore, I reached out to David Mason, the man responsible for bringing back the Anthony Sinclair name, to show you what the firm is making. Mason sent me a photo of him next to the replicas they made of the Dr. No dinner suit and Goldfinger glen check suit. Mason’s suit is made in their most popular cloth: grey sharkskin. The suit is an updated cut with slightly wider lapels, less drape, a higher breast pocket and narrower sleeves. But it follows Anthony Sinclair’s (the man’s) idea of soft, flowing, natural lines, and it still has the necessary ease across the back and room in the sleeve. Mason and cutter Richard Paine—who worked under James Bond tailors Cyril Castle and Anthony Sinclair—consider this to be an “evolution of the Conduit Cut.” Other things may look different on Mason’s suit because he does not have the same upper body mass that few people other than Sean Connery have.
Anthony Sinclair is very capable of making, and does make, replicas of Sean Connery’s suits, as you can see on the mannequins beside David Mason. The vast majority of customers, however, want a suit that’s more modern like the suit David Mason is wearing. Whilst Mason’s suit has double forward pleats and button side adjusters like Connery’s suits have, Mason says most people order plain front trousers with side-strap adjusters. This may be due to Daniel Craig’s influence, and Anthony Sinclair also makes suits in the trendy shrunken Skyfall style for the customers who ask for it. “We are a bespoke tailoring firm, we make whatever our customers demand,” says Mason. Unlike at many Savile Row bespoke tailoring firms, this holds true at Anthony Sinclair. Many Savile Row bespoke firms would throw you out, usually politely, if you brought in a picture of Daniel Craig in Skyfall and asked for a suit like that. Anthony Sinclair has not yet made me a bespoke suit, but I hope to have that pleasure one day.