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Savile Row Protest

Posted on 2012/05/08 20:18:24 (May 2012).

[Monday 23rd April 2012]
Took the morning off work today to attend a protest organised by the Chap magazine against the opening of a new Abercrombie and Fitch store on Savile Row (there's already one just around the corner). The slogan was "Give Three-Piece a Chance". Being organised by The Chap it was of course all a bit tongue in cheek, but nonetheless I've developed a strong affection for the Row these past few years and felt it important to show my support, particularly as it also touched on the wider issue of every high street in every city in the world gradually looking more and more identical.

Besides anything else it was a good excuse to put on my suit and hat and hang around with The Chap crowd for a bit. As it was a smaller event than the Olympiad it meant I actually had the chance to talk to the editor, Gustav Temple, a bit. I was rather pleased when I mentioned to him that I live in Pimlico to hear him describe it as "the spiritual home of The Chap".

Once the protesting had been satisfactorily dealt with, we then repaired for a superbly decadent late morning snifter at the French House, before the protestors dispersed and went their separate ways. I went for a quick lunch at Cecconi's after that, then back to work.

I don't think I've ever had this much fun on a Monday morning before.

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