1970s style from a sartorial legend

Hip trousers and jackets with generous lapels are exciting Edward Sexton’s discerning clientele

Edward Sexton Hollywood trousers (£1,100)
Edward Sexton Hollywood trousers (£1,100)

I’m a regular visitor to Edward Sexton’s Knightsbridge showroom-cum-workshop, partly because he’s a fount of style knowledge, and also because my clients love the look this sartorial legend delivers. Some admirable 1970s-influenced stuff has been emerging of late.

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His straight-cut, 17in-19in-bottom Hollywood trousers (£1,100) with pleats and “blind” (invisible) waistband – and even his full-blown 22in flares – are cut high and neat at the top. Paired with rope-shoulder jackets (£1,100) with signature full leafy lapels, these look remarkably cool and very now. They’re drawing in Sexton customers of all stripes, from rock stars ordering canary-yellow velvet, scarlet cotton drill or vintage Biba-pattern silk jacquard fabric to my own financial adviser client, who I brought in for father-and-son bespoke suits (and for whom the 1970s cut worked superbly in charcoal grey and navy).

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Sexton offers two levels of tailoring: made-to-measure “offshore bespoke” (from £2,300 for a two-piece suit) and bespoke “in-house” (from £5,000).

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