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Anderson & Sheppard’s Greatest Hits

There’s a fantastic piece on Anderson & Sheppard in this month’s Vanity Fair, presumably inspired by Graydon Carter’s book on the same. It gives a view of the Savile Row tailoring house from their beginnings in 1906 as a civilian reaction to the military styles that dominated men’s tailoring at the time. Over the next few decades, they more or less invented the modern business suit.

One particular surprise: just like Band of Outsiders and (gulp) Ed Hardy, their path to the top ran through Hollywood. They converted Fred Astaire and a few of his friends, and have never wanted for business since.

So to show you that British drape up close—we’ve put together a few of our favorite pics from Anderson & Sheppard’s first generation of fans, including Gary Cooper, Rudolph Valentino and Laurence Olivier.

See pictures of Anderson & Sheppard at their best…»

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Graydon Carter

Photography: Patrick McMullan

Curiously-coiffed *Vanity Fair* editor E. Graydon Carter has finally revealed the secret to *Spy* magazine's success—and no, it wasn't the invention of snark.

As we might have guessed, the key lay in looking the part. "Because we were small and because we were scrappy, I made a very conscious effort to wear a suit and tie to work every day," Carter tells the *London Guardian* in a just-published profile. "You can get away with a lot more if you look like a junior part of the establishment than if you look like a renegade."

Good advice for all you would-be rebels out there »