Sean Connery’s tailor Anthony Sinclair is back in business at No. 6 Sackville Street in London. Though Sinclair himself is no longer around, British designer David Mason has revived the name for a new operation that makes bespoke and Special Order suits in the spirit of classic Conduit Street tailoring. Mason was trained by Edward Sexton and serves as the creative director and marketer of the firm, bringing back the style of Sean Connery’s Bond suits and Sinclair’s famous “Conduit Cut.” The term “Conduit Cut” came from his British Guard’s Officer clients, according to his former apprentice Richard W. Paine, though Sinclair himself referred to his suit as “a Savile Row style.” Compared to the majority of Savile Row tailors in the 1950s and 1960s, Sinclair preferred lighter fabrics and a more natural silhouette, with natural shoulders. But his suits were still very much structured, as well as heavier and more robust compared to most suits today. After Sinclair retired, Richard Paine took over the business until he retired in 2005 and now helps out at the current Anthony Sinclair operation.
The firm’s Special Order suit (pictured above) is its most accessible product, starting at £625. This is a half-canvas suit made from a block pattern that can be customised to fit your body and your taste. The pre-defined style has been developed as a modern interpretation of Sinclair’s style, with a firmer, though still natural, shoulder and a sleeker silhouette than what he made for Connery. But Sinclair’s roped sleeve head, full chest, moderately suppressed waist and flared skirt of classic Savile Row style are still present. David Mason describes the Special Order suit: “The challenge with this exercise has been to create a contemporary product with reverence to the past, which can be worn effortlessly by the modern man, and appreciated by devotees of the original. Something that we think Anthony would be producing now, had he still been with us.”
But for something even closer to what Sean Connery wore or something completely different, Anthony Sinclair (the firm) makes hand-tailored bespoke suits the under the direction of principal cutter Paul Mundy. Mundy has worked for a number of Savile Row tailors and can cut in a variety of styles. In-between the bespoke and Special Order suits, Anthony Sinclair also offers a full-canvas, hand-tailored Made-to-Measure suit. In addition to tailoring, Anthony Sinclair makes shirts, in-house bespoke by a shirtmaker who apprenticed at Huntsman and made-to-measure sub-contracted to a manufacturer in Switzerland. Ties will also be sold, including seamless knits and grenadines just like Sean Connery wore himself.