I’m honoured to be featured in the Fall 2021 issue of Sarto magazine in an article titled ‘Nobody Wears It Better’. When the Magazine’s founder and creative director Chuck Pollard approached me about being featured in Sarto, I couldn’t have been more excited. I then spoke with Eric Twardzik, who wrote an article about how James Bond’s style influenced my own style and about some of my favourite parts of From Tailors with Love: An Evolution of Menswear Through the Bond Films, a book I co-wrote with Peter Brooker. This issue has many other fascinating features, including those about Jonathan Sigmon of Alan Flusser Custom, New York’s most stylish bars and cocktails, knitted ties, scents, and afternoon tea (a favourite of Bond villain Hugo Drax). The magazine is based in New York and is particularly interesting for anyone interested in New York’s menswear scene.
One of my favourite parts of being featured in the magazine was taking studio portraits with Mitchell Vito Helson. I had worked with professional photographers before, but never in a studio setting. The photos shown here are all Mitch’s as part of the magazine’s photoshoot but were not used in the magazine. Chuck chose five other spectacular photos of me and my clothes that you can see in the magazine. I love the vintage vibe of these photos.
Chuck asked me to bring two outfits, with one being a dinner jacket. I brought some of my favourite outfits with me that are also heavily inspired by James Bond.
My dinner suit is Anthony Sinclair bespoke from Mason & Sons, cut by Henry Rose. It is made of a midnight blue wool and mohair from Holland & Sherry with midnight blue silk satin-faced peaked lapels and gauntlet cuffs. The trousers have double forward pleats and Daks side adjusters. The dinner suit is mainly inspired by Sean Connery’s dinner suit in Dr. No, with peaked lapels inspired by George Lazenby’s dinner suit in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and shaped like those on Roger Moore’s dinner jacket in Octopussy. My bespoke shirt from Frank Foster is white cotton voile with a pleated front, a spread collar and double cuffs, and it’s a dead-ringer for the shirt Roger Moore wears with his ivory dinner jacket in A View to a Kill. The bow tie is midnight blue silk satin from Turnbull & Asser. The shoes are John Lobb ‘Tamar’ two-eyelet plain-toe derby shoes, a purchase inspired by Sean Connery’s shoes in Goldfinger and Daniel Craig’s John Lobb ‘Luffield’ derbys in Casino Royale.
The blue sharkskin single-button suit is Anthony Sinclair made-to-measure, which was inspired by a combination of three of James Bond’s blue suits: Sean Connery’s in You Only Live Twice, Roger Moore’s in The Man with the Golden Gun and Daniel Craig’s in Spectre. The combination of white shirt and a blue tie that matches the suit was particularly inspired by Spectre. The white poplin shirt is Turnbull & Asser bespoke and has a Tomorrow Never Dies-inspired ‘Prince of Wales’ spread collar that’s been raised 1/4″ and Sean Connery-style cocktail cuffs. The blue grenadine tie is bespoke from Sam Hober, and in trying to replicate the grenadine ties from the early Sean Connery Bond films it is made without tipping. The tie is made of ‘Prometeo’ silk grenadine from Seteria Bianchi using the more pronounced side of the weave.
I kept both outfits in a Bondian blue-and-white colour scheme, which gives the article a consistent visual identity.
In the article, I also speak about the influence an autographed photo of Roger Moore had on my when I was growing up, and Chuck had the idea for me to bring the photo to my photoshoot.
Be sure to check out the full article in Sarto magazine.