Originally founded in 1867 by Edward Tautz, since 2009 E. Tautz has been headed by Norton & Sons designer Patrick Grant, a move that was subsequently awarded by the British Fashion Council with the British Menswear Designer of the Year award in 2010.
Today the house continues to fuse Savile Row tailoring with a Ready to Wear spirit, thanks in part to its use of traditional cloth and modern colourways (note the bright shades of pink and yellow for SS13 and red and green for SS14).
What was your highlight of 2013?
I was awarded an Honorary Professorship by Glasgow Caledonian University. That felt pretty nice.
And what is your biggest hope for 2014?
That no more cyclists are killed in London. I’m one. It’s a worry.
What's your favourite piece from SS14?
The black ‘Opium Smoker’ jacket from the final look. It feels like an acceptable move forward for black tie. Whenever I wear it I get a lot of compliments.
And 5 words that sum up AW14, so far?
Uptight upright louche ribald dribbled.
Finish this sentence: London Collections: Men represents...
A poke in the eye for the dreary dullards of menswear.
Which musician should wear your clothes and why?
That fella that goes out with Kim Kardashian, he seems to get a bit of press.
What song warms up the E. Tautz studio?
As I type its ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ by Farley Jackmaster Funk and Darryl Pandy. Reasonably representative I guess.
E. Tautz shows on Wednesday 8th January.