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1. Alan Bennett – Master Tailor and Cutter, Davies & Son.

Caption ........Alan Bennett proving that style starts young.

My father took me to his tailor in Barking, Morris’ to buy my first bespoke suit. I had to pick out cloth from stock of course, I didn’t really want brown, but the best I could choose at the time from what they had was a brown worsted – probably around 14 ozs. It’s was what I would call a brown ’double plain’ .

It was 1965, I was 15years old and heavily influenced by ‘mod’ fashion, as a result I managed to insist that they make me a two piece single breasted, 4 button suit with a very narrow notch lapel with a long centre vent, completed with an outside ticket pocket and slanted pockets.

The trousers were narrow as well – of course!

This was quite a challenge for a Barking tailor.

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