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Savile Row Fights to Stay Relevant as Suits Fall Out of Fashion

  • Tailors adapt to popularity of casual wear and hotter climate
  • New arrivals include bespoke streetwear brand Clothsurgeon
Savile Row’s 250-year-old tailor Gieves & Hawkes which is being sold.
Savile Row’s 250-year-old tailor Gieves & Hawkes which is being sold.Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

When the governor of the Bank of England stood up to address 300 City bigwigs last month, there was a striking difference from previous Mansion House dinners -- no-one was wearing black-tie.

The historic relaxation of one of London’s stuffiest dress codes was a relief to many attendees after temperatures struck a record-breaking 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) earlier in the day.