After the release of Spectre, James Bond made his 24th big screen appearance. Throughout all the films – even in the dubious era of the ‘70s – and innumerable perilous situations, the world’s deadliest secret agent has always been dressed to the nines. Bond’s luxury clothes are as much a part of his persona as his gun, car and double-0 prefix: part armour, part protective colouring, and all kinds of suave. Bespoke tailors have been a part of Bond’s arsenal since the very first movie, a very British tradition carried on by Daniel Craig-as-Bond to this day. Here’s a look at the five best bespoke tailors in 007’s storied wardrobe, all of them still doing a roaring trade today:

The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond bespoke tailors The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond Hayward

 

bespoke tailors The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond banner private collection safes luxury

See also: Franck Muller : The New Vanguard Watches For Women

 

1. Anthony Sinclair

 The Mayfair stalwart may not be on Savile Row but 007’s original tailor invented what is knowns the “Conduit Cut” – named after the street where his shop still stands. Sean Connery adopted it from the start, appreciating the natural shoulder, roped sleeve head, degree of chest drape, suppressed waist and slightly flared skirt, very flattering to the figure but without being overly built up. Sinclair’s aim was to create well-dressed men, rather than those who stood out, with clothes representing “the epitome of English style: simple, understated, elegant and timeless.”

The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond bespoke tailors The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond London TurnbullAsser MG 6518b

2. Turnbull & Asser

In the first several James Bond films, the ones which truly defined the secret agent’s style, Sean Connery sported custom shirts and suits from Turnbull, perhaps the world’s most prestigious haberdasher. Established in 1885, and holder of a Royal Warrant to the Prince of Wales for shirt-making, Turnbull has dressed everyone from Winston Churchill and Pablo Picasso to Ronald Reagan and George Bush. The shirtmaker’s distinctive turn back cuffs were first introduced into 007’s wardrobe by dapper Dr. No and Thunderball director Terence Young, an ex-Guards officer. 

bespoke tailors The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond Sinclair

3. Douglas Hayward

Bond’s last English tailor – though we have hopes he may yet return to Old Blighty. Hayward initially set out to provide an alternative to the stuffiness of Savile Row, and his premises on Mount Street quickly became established as Hollywood’s second home. In addition to dressing Roger Moore as Bond starting with For Your Eyes Only he suited Steve McQueen as Thomas Crown and Michael Caine in The Italian Job. Considering it was the 1980s the tailored suits he made for 007 are actually rather restrained, though sometimes his lapels veered off into enemy territory.

The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond bespoke tailors The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond Brioni

 

4. Brioni

The brief in outfitting Pierce Brosnan, who took up the role of 007 starting with 1995’s Goldeneye, was to rein in the excesses of the Roger Moore era and return a refined elegance to Bond’s wardrobe. The rich, dark clothes of Rome’s fabled House of Brioni, established in 1945, were chosen for the right combination of impeccable style and good taste, modern but not overly “fashionable.” As GoldenEye director Martin Campbell noted, “Bond has been on the screen for over 30 years and there are some things you don’t tamper with – one of which is his tailored suits.”

The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond bespoke tailors The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond Ford

 

5. Tom Ford

 Again with a new 007, it was time for a new tailor, and former Gucci creative director Ford was tasked with building the new Bond’s wardrobe. This was in part the preference of Daniel Craig, who liked the way Ford’s clothes draped his muscular frame and brought a touch of glamour to his always impeccably tailored men’s suits. Staying away from Ford’s more louche and Hollywood-esque flourishes he achieved a sort of lethal elegance that plays very well onscreen. For Spectre, Ford created a homage to the classic ivory dinner jacket made famous by Sean Connery in Goldfinger.

The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond bespoke tailors The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond tumblr mheyleFIDc1rf1jvro1 1280

The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond bespoke tailors The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond Turnbull

bespoke tailors The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond james bond el agente 007 476557969

bespoke tailors The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond james bond skyfall daniel craig shoot gun

 

bespoke tailors The Top Five Bespoke Tailors According to James Bond banner private collection luxury safes

See also: Top 5 Women’s Watches from SIHH 2018