One of Savile Row’s thriving tailoring businesses is Chittleborough & Morgan. Founders Roy Chittleborough and Joe Morgan cut their teeth, and plenty of fabric, at the infamous Nutters of Savile Row before setting up their own business in 1981. Roy retired in 2011 but Joe continues to head up the business and his ongoing passion has seen the next chapter for the tailors go from strength to strength.
Everything is strictly made bespoke, you won’t find ready-to-wear or even pre-designed made-to-measure styles in the store. However, like every workshop in the area, they still have their own house style. An evolution of Tommy Nutter’s signature broad roped shoulders and thick lapels, they practice a shaped waist too for a look that’s dynamic, elegant, and sharp with a taste of the rock ‘n’ roll rebellion their predecessor was famous for.
Chittleborough & Morgan liken their bespoke service to a ‘journey’, inviting their customers for five or six visits from discussing the cloth and choosing the cut, through to final fittings. If this is your first experience of buying a handmade suit, Joe can help with understanding your needs and suggesting the best option for you. The journey doesn’t end there though, you can come back any time for amendments and repairs to your suit so that it always looks its best.
Cutter, Michael Browne, has become something of a star of the business too, having moved to the tailors from Paul Smith in 2010. His knowledge of fashion has helped to inject a sense of modernity and a deeper understanding of today’s customers into the business, as well as, on a physical level, some more casual suit jacket styles which have boosted their popularity. In an interview with The Rake Magazine, Michael said, “For me, tailoring now needs to cater to a lifestyle, rather than an occasion. The industry needs to adapt to this modern mode of living; people buy into a lifestyle today, not just a product.”