Anthony Sinclair, Sean Connery’s tailor for the Bond films, had his premises on Conduit Street just off Savile Row in Mayfair, and his suits’ unique silhouette had come to be known as the “Conduit Cut” after the street he was on. At one time there were a number of tailors on Conduit Street, but some were bombed out during World War II. Other tailors set up their shops on Conduit Street in the 1950s and 1960s though all are gone now. I walked up to Conduit Street with David Mason and Richard Paine of Anthony Sinclair, where Paine, who apprenticed with Anthony Sinclair and Cyril Castle, showed us where their premises used to be. Sinclair was at No. 29 Conduit Street (pictured above), which is now the western half of Moschino—they have the ground level of Nos. 28 & 29 Conduit Street. During the 1960s Sinclair occupied the first floor (which is one up from street level, for the American readers). When Paine joined Sinclair in the 1970s, Sinclair had expanded to the ground floor and the second floor. The entrance was on the left, where there is now a window. Sinclair had previously been located at Gerrard Street in what is now Chinatown.
Cyril Castle’s premises was at No. 42 Conduit Street during the years he made clothes for Roger Moore, where Wardrobe is currently. He had the ground level, though, according to Paine, the door was in the centre with windows on either side. Castle had previously been located at 10 Sackville Street, just a few doors down from where Anthony Sinclair is now.
Many thanks to David Mason and Richard Paine for a wonderful afternoon and for kindly sharing their wealth of information.