David Mason of Anthony Sinclair is currently in New York to visit clients and run the New York City Marathon, but he found some time to meet with me for a drink this evening to give an update on what’s going on at the firm. If you don’t know, Anthony Sinclair—the late man—was the off-Savile-Row tailor who made almost all of Sean Connery’s suits for the Bond films. David Mason revived the legacy of Anthony Sinclair and has kept the brand true to the original. Earlier this year, Anthony Sinclair moved to a new location, in Marylebone at 34 Montagu Square. Some of you may be familiar with that address, as it’s the location of the flat Ringo Starr leased in the 1960s where Paul McCartney spent a lot of time writing and recording. John Lennon and Yoko Ono later moved in. Jimi Hendrix also lived there. This isn’t the first time the Beatles and James Bond clothing have crossed paths. Frank Foster, who made shirts for Roger Moore, Sean Connery and George Lazenby, also made shirts for the Beatles.
The biggest piece of news is that Anthony Sinclair has a special new client: Sir Roger Moore! Five years after the passing of Douglas Hayward, Sir Roger has moved on from the firm he patronised for over thirty years. Sir Roger has thus far ordered two suits—including one in a charcoal version of the Goldfinger glen plaid—a blazer and a dinner suit. And all the pieces are double-breasted, which Roger Moore prefers to wear these days. Mason has visited Sir Roger in Monaco, where the former Bond spends much of his time. Mason also received a call from Sir Sean Connery in the Bahamas, who showed interest in becoming a client as well.
Anthony Sinclair now offers two ready-to-wear trousers: the ‘SEAN’ model and the ‘DANIEL’ model. The ‘SEAN’ is modelled after the trousers Connery wears with his hacking jacket in Goldfinger and Thunderball. They are tan cavalry twill wool, have a medium rise, frogmouth pockets and slide-buckle side adjusters. Though they are tan, they are lighter in colour and weight than what Connery wore. Mason told me the darker colour is not available in the lighter weight, but he doesn’t think most people would want to wear the heavier, old-fashioned hunting cavalry twill. The ‘DANIEL’ trousers are beige cotton drill and have slanted side pockets and belt loops. They have a low rise and slimmer fit that follows today’s trends. You can find both trousers here.
And if you were wondering, David Mason is wearing a Goldfinger-inspired suit, but in sharkskin instead of a glen plaid.