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British tailoring could not hope to have a stronger advocate on the throne than Charles III. But will he prove to be the last of the sartorial kings?
King Charles, in 1981 the Prince of Wales, in his signature look: a wide-lapelled double-breasted suit — without pocket-flaps.

Savile Row is preparing for the Charles bounce. The Prince of Wales may have been in the public eye for all of his 74 years, but his coming coronation is expected to bring boom times for British tailoring. After all, Charles has long been a regular on ‘best dressed’ lists. His preferred look — draped, wide-lapelled double- breasted suits without pocket-flaps, thank you — may be nothing to scare the guardsmen’s horses, but it is a signature of consistency and, as one might expect from the King, class. “It’s important to us to have someone who wears his clothes so beautifully,” says Anda Rowland, the owner of Anderson & Sheppard, the royal warrant holders who remain, alongside Gieves & Hawkes, Charles’s go-to tailors. “This is less about being some dandy as presenting well, as understanding the need for a working wardrobe.


May 2023


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