Welcome to the Meyer & Mortimer look book. In an effort to further share the inner workings of a Savile Row tailor (see our tailoring blog section here) we will be compiling and uploading images of our work here on a regular basis.
A (Quick) 360 Degree Tour of Our Showroom
We thought it would be a good idea to employ the technology on hand to give our online audience a quick 360-degree tour of our Mayfair showroom, which is just around the corner from Savile Row. For those who have visited us at 6 Sackville Street, you will see not much has changed as we've been told on many occasion, by our valued customers, not to. For those who have not passed over our threshold, you will glimpse what lies on the other side of the frosted window.
Duke of York (George V) Jacket Part I
The Duke of York in - incredibly - 1893 *
Every so often we have the opportunity to look at the bespoke tailoring work of our Meyer & Mortimer ancestors. The last piece of interest was a Highland Dress Doublet we made 60 years ago that came in for a few minor mends last year (see below). Our latest is fascinating indeed. Not only is it older at 125 years but its original owner was the Duke of York who later would be King George V when he took the throne in 1910.
With most of our records destroyed during the last war, we do not know a lot about the garment. We do however know; we made this ceremonial jacket in 1893 for the Duke of York when he was an Honouree Colonel of the 3rd Middlesex Artillery Volunteers. It is a beautiful garment and hope you enjoy the images we took. [April 2017]
Duke of York (George V) Jacket Part II
Even less is known about our second Duke of York bespoke jacket. Resident historian, and director of Meyer & Mortimer, Brian Lewis believes it to be Yeomanry which is, like our Territorial Army today, a unit of British army reserves. We are the first to admit this could be wrong, so if any of our dedicated and learned readers can shed any further light on this, we would be very happy to hear from you. Please click here for our contact details [May 2017].
Duke of York image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
More Hidden Treasures (From Under The Stairs) Part II
For those not aware of our recent finds, back in January - while clearing out under the stairs at 6 Sackville Street - Oliver Cross discovered two army regulation books from the late 1800s and the 1900s (see blow). We shared a few images on social media at the time and it proved to be the most popular post on Twitter ever. As those original images were captured on a mobile phone we thought we would take a few more pictures for you, this time on a camera.
The results are here on a slideshow. There are more pictures of the 1900s book as this was a larger tome and in better condition than its older relation. Unfortunately, we did not have time to caption the shots but hopefully the pictures will speak for themselves [February 2017].
The Silk That Still Shines
This piece of pure silk velvet was found at the bottom of director Brian Lewis's drawer. He admits he doesn't know much about it only that it is, he believes, 100 years-old and hails from France somewhere. Whatever its origins it is simply a beautiful thing that seems to hold a glow that shines from within. It is simply magical and probably the most beautiful piece of cloth at Meyer & Mortimer [January 2017].
More Hidden Treasures (From Under The Stairs)
It might not be a good idea to admit that we do not venture into, or clean for that matter, the space under the stairs but the results from doing so - and putting aside any embarrassment we may feel - warrants it. Oliver Cross set about having a clear out and bravely he went in, or under. Right at the back, wedged into the corner were two cardboard boxes each containing an army regulation book dating from the late 1800s. We were simply aghast! Our resident historian, Brian Lewis too. No one knew they were there.
For those who are not aware, an army regulation book is a collection of notes, compiled by a tailor, detailing the intricacies and rules pertaining to each regiments' garments: how they are cut, which buttons to use, how and where rank is shown etc.
All hand written and drawn, with cloth samples attached it is an incredible and weighty document indeed, and amazing to think these sketches and notes were made by a Meyer & Mortimer descendant nearly 150 years ago. We will be delving further into our finds and sharing them with you in due course but for now here are a few images we would like to share with you [January 2017].
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The Many Hats of Meyer & Mortimer
For a bespoke tailor with a focus on men's suits, trousers, jackets and waistcoats we have a fair few hats dotted around the showroom. In an effort to understand a little more about them we asked our resident historian and longest serving M&M member, Brian Lewis, to shed some light on the history or our headgear [December 2016].
Highland Dress Doublet
This garment was made by us over 60 years ago. It had been locked away in a customer's wardrobe for a number of decades and was brought in by a family member for alterations and some mending. We are very happy they did. It is truly fascinating to see our work from a bygone era. For reasons of confidentiality we have concealed the customer's name on the label [November 2016].