Show Review: Bespoken

What would Keith Richards wear to a wedding?

It’s a question that the five young gentlemen of Bespoken, a New York-based line of tailored menswear, contemplated long and hard when planning their Fall/Winter collection, which they showed yesterday at New York’s Hosfelt Gallery. Their answer: tweed coats, wool suits, lapel-less blazers and waxed cotton anoraks that were equal parts Savile Row and rock ‘n’ roll. (Savile Roll, perhaps?)

The boys come by their influences honestly: Head designer Sammy Fayed, along with his brothers Liam and James, who also work on the label, grew up working at Turnbull & Asser, the 125-year-old British shirtmaker that their dad acquired when the boys were young tots. These days, the fellas live a decidedly rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle; they even met their Bespoken partners (Carlos and Paul Goncalves, also brothers) through a Craigslist ad looking for bandmates. What’s more, the invitation to the Bespoken presentation arrived on a 7-inch record, featuring tracks from Sammy’s band, Bigsby Knowles. Because, as the boys know, rock ‘n’ roll will never die – and neither will the fine art of British tailoring.

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