The third edition of London Craft Week comes to the capital from May 3-7, and among the imaginative – and particularly British – collaborations is The Beaumont Series, a Savile Row wardrobe commissioned for natty fictional hotelier Jimmy Beaumont, brainchild of The Beaumont Hotel founder and CEO Jeremy King.
Jimmy Beaumont ran the Algonquin and the Knickerbocker in New York but decided to give up life as a hotelier because of Prohibition, so the story goes. However, he was persuaded to come to London and open The Beaumont, which he did in 1926. He was a dapper fellow and a keen sportsman, and the participating tailors are making everything from suits to tennis togs to the proper pair of leather shoes in styles that Jimmy would most certainly have worn.
Among the bespoke pieces are a wardrobe of shirts by Budds Shirtmakers that runs the gamut from casual to dressy; a smoking jacket by Anderson & Sheppard; and a dashing three-piece suit by Maurice Sedwell that includes a single-breasted coat with elegantly long peak lapels, a double-breasted waistcoat with a wide shawl collar and “step ankle” trouser bottoms. The suit will be made in a Holland & Sherry cloth woven especially for Jimmy, featuring a subtle stripe in cherry-pink super 140s Australian wool on a classic navy background.
No element has been overlooked in this carefully conceived wardrobe, which includes tennis separates in a summer wool merino by Dashing Tweeds, an alpine-inspired Gieves & Hawkes outfit (cashmere quilted sports coat with thick corduroy, moleskin or tweed walking trousers) for weekends in Switzerland, and even an elegantly tailored robe and matching slippers by New & Lingwood. Other makers include Dege & Skinner (two-piece suit), Henry Poole (reefer jacket) and George Cleverley (custom footwear).
“As a long-time admirer and very occasional patron of the style and skillset of Savile Row, I was thrilled to have the chance of commissioning, on behalf of my fictional hotelier, an entire bespoke wardrobe,” says King. To celebrate the collection and its makers, King will host an exclusive Jimmy Beaumont dinner with wine pairing (£138) in the Lotos Room at The Beaumont, and pre-drinks in the residents-only Cub Room on May 4 – the clothes will be on view too.