Anthony Sinclair established his bespoke tailoring business in London’s Mayfair in the 1950s. His clientele included a number of British Army officers who called upon him to craft their civilian attire, favouring slim, cavalry-cut trousers, paired with a single-breasted coat with a soft, natural shoulder.
Anthony Sinclair cut the coat for ease of movement, with a degree of chest drape and generous sleeves topped with signature roping. The waist was nipped, ensuring that the buttoned-up coat remained close and neat, and the flared skirt over the hips balanced the shape. It was a style distinctly at odds with the boxy, double-breasted suits popular at the time, and became known as the ‘Conduit Cut’, after Sinclair’s premises at 29 Conduit Street. One of Sinclair’s British Army clients was Irish Guards officer, Terence Young, who went on to have a career in the film industry, famously directing the first ever Bond film, Dr No.
Terence Young was James Bond: an erudite, sophisticated lady-killer, dressed in bespoke finery, always witty, well versed in all matters of style and taste
The son of a Police Commissioner of the Shanghai Municipal Police, Young was born in China and educated at public school; then, just like the fictional James Bond, he read Oriental History at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge. Indeed, to many, Terence Young was James Bond: an erudite, sophisticated lady-killer, dressed in bespoke finery, always witty, well versed in all matters of style and taste – a well-travelled man of the world. So who better to prepare unknown Scottish actor Sean Connery for the leading role in Dr No? Terence taught Connery how to walk, talk, even eat. Then finally he took him to his tailor, Anthony Sinclair, and Connery’s transformation into 007 was complete. It’s no coincidence that when Australian actor George Lazenby won the role of Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, he did it in an Anthony Sinclair suit (which had been made for Connery).
Since 2012, the business has been owned and operated by David Mason, who has continued to follow Anthony Sinclair’s style philosophy and further develop the Conduit Cut for a new generation of modern men. It retains the key elements of style and function, which set Anthony Sinclair’s tailoring apart from that of his peers a half-century ago. Comfort remains an essential feature, with lightweight fabrics, soft canvas and the most minimal of shoulder padding, creating a garment that is as easy to wear as a cardigan, while retaining a powerful look that is delivered through the bold definition of the roped sleeve-head and the shapely body silhouette.
His clientele included a number of British Army officers who called upon him to craft their civilian attire, favouring slim, cavalry-cut trousers, paired with a single-breasted coat with a soft, natural shoulder.
A classic design, it is best formed from plain or subtle patterns of worsted, mohair or flannel cloth, so embracing Anthony Sinclair’s clear and simple philosophy of presenting a well-dressed man – or secret agent – both at home and around the globe. David Mason has maintained the connection with the world of James Bond, looking after the sartorial needs of Sir Roger Moore until his death in 2017, and also producing clothes for George Lazenby. Lazenby may have only played Bond once, but his association with Anthony Sinclair has lasted more than 50 years.
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