Servicemen & serving men since 1799 : Peckham Rye, London.

(1) IMG_2043Carnaby street, cornered in by the main drags – Oxford and Regent street. A hang out in the ’60s to dandies and the like – dotted with outlandish boutiques, vintage caverns and fashion haunts. Today – I can safely say it has pretty much lost it’s edge and looks similar to most UK high-streets you’ll find up and down the country. Move-over to the street running parrelel to it and that’s a slightly different story. Set on a cobbled short strip sits a selection of predominantley smaller labels and independants. Here lies Peckham Rye.(1) IMG_2037(1) IMG_2078With over 200 years of heritage of fine tailoring P.R. is a sixth generation ‘Victorian London tailoring family that aims to maintain all the traditions, craft and styling of the true London cut‘.
Working out of the rather small (4×3 mt. sq) space off Newburgh Street the shop is covered wall-to-wall with pictures, records and details that tell a story of the history that they have. I got the low down on each picture but even if you didn’t it’s plain to see that there’s something there. (1) IMG_2041 (1) IMG_2050Upstairs is an outfit catering for all things accesories – silk ties, scarves, bowties, cufflinks, tie bars, pocket chains, shirts, detachable collars the list goes on. Downstairs, a slightly new venture for them; P.R. have opened up a tailoring and measuring room for their bespoke suit making service.(1) IMG_2073 (1) IMG_2055A portion of their regular customer are service men, who come to have suits made after serving, or whilst on-leave. These gentlemen are not new to them, as P.R. have been heavily involved with a variety of military personelle over the last centuries. I was told one story of the current owners great-grandfather being sold off to the East india company as a personal tailor. (1) IMG_2056 (1) IMG_2059The present custodians learned their tie making skills in London’s prestigious Savile Row but the family trades have included hat makers, pleaters, draper’s merchants and skirt hands. So if you’re in the area pop your head in, peruse through the pieces and no doubt you’ll pick up that sense that this place is the real deal. (1) IMG_2064 (1) IMG_2065 (1) IMG_2069(1) IMG_2052 (1) IMG_2076 (1) IMG_2081Peckham Rye London
11 Newburgh Street,
London W1F 7RW

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