Tailor That’s a Cut Above: Michael Browne
By Nick Scott, Editor, Robb Report UK
Michael Browne, a former cutter at Chittleborough & Morgan, struck out on his own to open his atelier late in 2017 in London’s Berkley Square. He’s joining a group of celebrated tailors who are infusing the phrase “Off the Row” with as much cache as Savile Row. His take on menswear is refreshing: “Parisian women’s couture houses merge beautiful and timeless designs with the highest levels of craftsmanship,” says Browne, who worked as a freelance fashion stylist while earning a computer science undergraduate degree. He then did a stint at Paul Smith’s small bespoke operation before spending eight years at Chittleborough & Morgan. “In menswear, there has never been a merger of those two concepts—timeless, cool, high-end designs brought to life using the highest levels of cutting and tailoring skills.”
Detailing such as unique pocket styles, handcrafted loose-lapped seams down the sleeves, innovative lapel shapes, and intricate cuff details will all feature strongly, with fabrics carefully curated by Browne in order to best execute his new tailoring philosophy. “I’m out to create a perfect fusion of high-end fashion and top levels of craft,” he says. Expect to pay a little more here than on The Row. And if Browne’s order book is anything to go by, his is a formula well worth the extra pounds sterling.