Film by Sammy Sultan

"Savile Rogue" Sir Tom Baker talks tailoring with John Cooper Clarke

Originally broadcast on the 25 September on BBC Radio 6

Tom Baker often gets asked what the meaning of style is and he usually replies: “the key is a combination of personality mixed with compatible dress sense”. By that, he means, simply never allow clothes to wear you. True bespoke tailoring, by nature, does not allow this to happen. The development of a bespoke suit takes time, skill, concentration and client contribution. By establishing good communication from the offset, not only are incredible suits created, but long term trustful rapports forged.

This continuity and care, in Tom’s opinion, is what differentiates a great tailor from a good one. Masculine vanity is completely different today than it was, say in the 1920’s or 1950’s. Looking dapper was standard in any strata of society back then. Men dress well to feel lusted after and to look strong. This is the root of vanity and should be embraced at all times. We feel it is important to constantly maintain these values in menswear and indeed vigorously promote this ethos. A well dressed man is a confident, successful man.

A finely cut suit will guarantee this feeling for the wearer when combined with great footwear, an elegant shirt and tie and some fine accessories as well as a good attitude. To spend a long time dressing up however is dangerous, as is seeking reassurances for the way you look! It is best to not obsess! Confidence is ultimately what we deliver through our craft at Sir Tom Baker, and we take great pride in doing so.