This weekend I was a member of a New York City James Bond tour led by the renowned David Zaritsky of The Bond Experience, including a visit to SPYSCAPE to see the new DRIVEN: 007xSPYSCAPE as well special visits as to Turnbull & Asser, N.Peal and Tom Ford.
The tour started at the SPYSCAPE museum in Midtown Manhattan on the corner of 8th Avenue and W 55th Street, where the DRIVEN: 007xSPYSCAPE exhibition recently opened. This exhibit is focused on the history of the Aston Martin DB5 thoughout the Bond films from Goldfinger through Spectre. Eon Productions archivist Meg Simmonds, who was involved with curating this exhibit, gave us a tour of the exhibit to provide us with some additional background on how the car was used in the films as well as about how the exhibition was put together, but there is no shortage of information in the exhibit.
The beautifully curated exhibit breaks down the car’s gadgets and includes a model of the car blown-up in Skyfall. Sadly, there are no Bond clothes at the exhibit so you will need to wear your own, but it is a fascinating place to see quintessential Bond design and learn about the iconic car behind-the-scenes.
The first of the clothing shops on the tour was Turnbull & Asser on E 57th Street, an English shirt and tie shop that needs little introduction to Bond fans. There, Bespoke Associate Daniel Stroupe gave us a tour of the New York shop and explained how the bespoke process works. He spoke about the variations on the collars throughout the Bond films and how the Dr. No shirts they offer in both white and light blue poplin have a special taller version of the Regent collar that is very close to what Sean Connery himself wore.
They also offer the same shirt they made for Daniel Craig for the casino scenes in Casino Royale. Mr Stroupe told us that while Daniel Craig’s shirts were cut very close for the shots in the shower and jacket-less at the casino table, they were cut to be fuller when he wears them under a jacket for more comfort. He also said that in bespoke they can replicate Sean Connery’s turnback cuff design, which is different from their ready-to-wear design.
We then recieved warm welcome at N.Peal, who provided much of Daniel Craig’s iconic knitwear for Skyfall andSpectre. Last year, N.Peal opened a shop on Madison Avenue and E 75th Street to fill a void in New York’s luxury knitwear and cashmere market. Whether it’s a rollneck or crew neck jumper, a cashmere polo or a scarf, they have a complete selection of knitwear with excellent fits. They gifted everyone in the group a cashmere scarf. I left with an exceptionally soft mid blue cashmere scarf in such beautiful packaging that I hesitated to unwrap it!
Our last stop was Tom Ford, where we were guided by General Manager Jordan Sromek and Director of Client Engagement Keith Scott, a legend of New York City retail. New York’s Tom Ford shop on Madison Avenune at the corner of E 61st St opened in 2017 to be in a busier location than their former location further uptown.
Tom Ford provided Daniel Craig’s suits, shirts, ties and more for Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. We saw James Bond items from knitwear to cufflinks, but the tailored clothes from the past Bond films are no longer available in their ready-to-wear collection. Their current suit collection includes the iconic Windsor, which is a classic fit suit with wide peaked lapels; the Shelton, which is like the Windsor but has a slimmer cut and softer shoulder, the O’Connor, which is a slim suit with narrower lapels; and the new Atticus, which has the widest peaked lapels of all the models and has slim trousers with a high rise. Tom Ford are able to make older models in their made-to-measure programme, including the Regency Base B suit from Quantum of Solace.
Tom Ford gave everyone a pair of sunglasses, and mine were pair of the Snowdon sunglasses, as seen in the Rome scene in Spectre. I like how these sunglasses work as well with a suit as they do at the beach.
The New York Bond Experience is never complete without a visit to the Oh Cult Voodoo Shop from Live and Let Die. It is at 33 E 65th Street, near the corner of Madison Avenue and just four blocks up from Tom Ford and five blocks down from N.Peal.
For those who are wondering, I am wearing a navy hopsack blazer from Canali with smoke mother-of-pearl buttons that I sewed on myself, my blue fly-front Live and Let Die shirt from Frank Foster, tan cavalry twill trousers from Mason & Sons, a dark navy grenadine tie from Oliver Wicks, brown Crockett & Jones Tetbury chukka boots, a vintage navy British Warm overcoat from the former New York clothier Wallachs, and brown leather gloves from Bergdorf Goodman.
Look out at The Bond Experience and subscribe to them on YouTube for upcoming in-depth videos of the New York City adventure and to learn more about the brands featured here and more. I would like to thank SPYSCAPE, Meg Simmonds and Eon Productions, Turnbull & Asser, N.Peal, Tom Ford, and David Zaritsky for the Bond experience of a lifetime. I would also like to thank everyone on the tour for making this such a wonderful experience. This was a very personal Bond day for me, as I was able to enjoy everything I love about James Bond in my own neighbourhood.