Conduit Street: Former Home of James Bond’s Tailors

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No. 29 Conduit Street

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.

No. 42 Conduit Street

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.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Matt

    Keep up the great work on the blog, I’m a big fan.

    Just wondering, did messrs Mason and Paine pronounce Conduit as ‘cundit’? I’m pretty sure that’s the way a man like Fleming would have said it.

  2. Matt, I know this is a little out of place, but I just wondered what were your favorite Bond movies -in term of clothing, and just in general too.

    Keep up the great work, your blog is really nice.

    Salutations from France

  3. Matt,
    If I can pursue the flip side of the last question; what are your least favorite 007 movies in terms of clothing and in general too?

    Dan,

    Yes, TMWTGG did have some excellent tailoring. I’m looking forward to Matt covering the dinner jacket from that movie in the future.

    • Licence to Kill is the worst as far as tailoring goes. Skyfall’s tailoring doesn’t look so good to me either. As far as films go, A View to a Kill, Licence to Kill, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day and Quantum of Solace are the worst for me. I also really didn’t enjoy GoldenEye and Casino Royale, which I know many love.

      • Interesting reply Matt. Also intriguing for me is the view that each of the established 007’s to date, by which I mean, Connery, Moore and Brosnan, ended their official Bond tour of duty with their weakest film. Your selection bears this out also and I would include “Diamonds Are Forever” which, for me, despite containing some good tailoring and set pieces, was a rushed job of a movie (with a very flimsy plot), something Connery himself contributed to by his insistance that the filming schedule be adhered to

      • I agree David, “Diamonds Are Forever” is my least favorite entry in the series.
        Excellent choices for your favorites Matt, each represents both a solid Bond outing as well as fine sartorial choices.

        What is interesting to me is that there are a handful of films that are among the weaker entries to the series but have some excellent (in my opinion anyway) wardrobe choices. The Man With the Golden Gun, Die Another Day, A View to A Kill, and Quantum of Solace (big fan of the dinner suit!) all immediately come to mind.

        On the other hand, the converse (a good film with weak wardrobe) does not happen as often. The only example of this I can think of is The Living Daylights, which had it starred either Moore or Brosnan would have been a much more memorable Bond adventure, I think.

        Just my two cents, make of it what you will!

  4. To be honest here, I have not liked a film after The Living Daylights which was a good one, but these subsequent action films helped the Bond series survive though imo they are not Bondish however they are not that bad but truth is Connery and Moore cannot be beaten in any way you spin it. These 2 are the faces of the same coin.

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