Established in 1985, Mark Powell is one of London’s most iconic and influential bespoke tailors. Renowned for his nostalgically and classically inspired tailoring, combined with experimental cuts and styling, he was one of the first to successfully bridge the gap between the traditions of Savile Row and contemporary street style.
Over the years he has dressed countless celebrities from the worlds of film, television, music and sport including George Clooney, Harrison Ford, David Bowie, George Michael, Mick Jagger, Naomi Campbell, Keira Knightley and most recently, Martin Freeman and Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Drawing style and influence from his bespoke tailoring experience, in 2006 he launched a ready to wear line, Mark Powell London. His shop is at 2 Marshall Street, W1F 9BA. www.markpowellbespoke.co.uk.
We caught up with Mark for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.
Soho. I’ve worked here for 35 years and lived here for 10. Even though it’s changing radically I still love it and it’s still special.
Favourite place for brunch:
Princi, the Milanese bakery on Wardour Street. It’s serves really tasty food in a typically chaotic Italian environment.
Best coffee in London:
No question, Bar Italia on Frith Street. Family run, it’s been here since time and is a great meeting place and top people watching spot, a Soho institution.
Favourite gallery or museum:
The National Portrait Gallery. I always find the historic portraits very inspiring and I’m hoping one day they will have a portrait of me there (LOL).
Tell us a secret:
I can’t. Not always having been a good boy there are far too many to name and it’ll get me in trouble.
Favourite place to shop:
I love the Burlington Arcade, it’s like going back in time. There are some fantastic knitwear shops and jewellers there and it’s where I get my shoes shined.
Favourite place to find inspiration:
I have a big collection of fashion books focussing mainly on 20th Century menswear so I find some there and I also find the period clothing at the V&A Museum very inspiring too.
Best London destination for a date:
You can’t beat dinner at The Ivy followed by the theatre.
The closest park to me is St.James’s. I walk around the lake every once in a while for a bit of exercise. It’s very pretty but often very crowded with people visiting Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and the like.
Favourite food market:
In my early 20’s I used to enjoy Leadenhall Market in The City. Nowadays, if I do go to a food market, it would be Borough Market after a stroll along the river.
Your sanctuary in the city:
Even though I’m not religious, I sometimes sit in St.Patrick’s Church in Soho Square, I find the atmosphere very calming.
What inspires you?
Clothes. Since I was a young child clothing and it’s power and importance has been my main interest and inspiration.
This season I’m loving:
The resurgence of good classic English shoes, elegant hats and Gentleman’s accessories such as watch chains and tie stick pins.