Firstly, apologies ladies, but Daniel Craig didn’t come along for the ride. However, James Bond fans, movie buffs and those of us who take a keen interest in sartorial elegance were thrilled to meet David Mason, the managing director of Anthony Sinclair, the company that exclusively dressed the legendary Sean Connery for all of his appearances as the British Secret Service agent.
Mason has been travelling around Asia ahead of planned store openings in the region, so EX took time out to meet him for a chat and a glass or two of bubbly at the Fullerton hotel.
Mason believes that the demand for bespoke tailoring and Britain’s reputation in the marketplace will stand Anthony Sinclair in good stead, despite the huge level of competition. The James Bond link probably won’t do any harm either…
“Asia has suddenly become our fastest growing market. Consumers here are style-savvy and sophisticated. They want the best products available, and when it comes to tailoring, they know that Britain’s history and reputation is unrivalled,” said Mason, who began his career as a shirtmaker in his native Manchester in the early 1990s, before joining Anthony Sinclair in 2012.
Mason wants to continue the company’s tradition of producing timeless, classic clothing – as they did for Connery, from Dr No in 1962, through to Diamonds Are Forever in 1971. Even now, his most popular tailoring requests are for reproductions of the three-piece Glenn Urquhart check suit from Goldfinger, and the brown barleycorn Harris Tweed sports coat from the same film.
The company are also looking to produce a range of bespoke colognes in conjunction with Fragrance Du Bois.