House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row
From an early age, there was something different about Tommy and David Nutter. Growing up in an austere apartment above a café catering to truck drivers, both boys seemed destined t ...more
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Being a lifelong Beatles fan, when I saw that this book involved Savile Row in London, England, my interest was immediately piqued. For I am well aware that the fancy tailors dominated that road. The Beatles new entertainment company Apple Corp. Ltd. set up headquarters in 1968 right in the middle of all that, at 3 Savile Road. But, little did I realize just how much celebrated bespoke tailor Thomas Nutter and his brother, p ...more
The book recalls their lives and outcomes, follow ...more
Not only was the history of the Nutter brothers meticulously researched, but the narrative had a voice to it that made the story engaging and relaxing to read. And being that the content of the narrative was so fantastical that it was almost hard to believe that the events happened in real life, having such a vivid voice was necessary.
If you don't read th ...more
At the age of 26, Tommy Nutter opened up Nutters of Savile Row in central London. This would not have been a cause for great concern except for the fact that he had no formal education or experience as a fashion designer or tailor. All he had ...more
One thing I would mention is that the author, Lance Richardson, seems to be a bit better are writing sad and serious stories than writing about happy times -- the end sections about the AIDS crisis are deeply affecting by their ...more
I had never heard of the Nutter brothers, but the blurb sounded like an interesting way to view a time in history with a particular subculture. It did not disappoint. Tommy and David Nutter were born to working class family around the end of the war. They both somehow become stars in the orbit of celebrities with Tommy being a Saville Row tailor who dressed Elton John and the Beatles and many others and David being the man who photo ...more
A quirky, saga-like biography of the brothers Nutter, told mostly back and forth the Atlantic from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. I could say that I enjoyed Tommy's story with its decadent peaks, creative leaps, and zany nightlife bacchanals, but then I'd be slighting David's narrative in New York with his photography and steadfast loyalty to his celebrity friends.
The brothers were brought up in the 50’s and 60’s in Britain in a strict, conservative household w ...more
On the surface, and based on its captivating cover, you'd think this was going to be a book centered around Thomas (Tommy) Nutter--one of the pioneering designers of the once ultra-conservative Savile Row.
However, it is about BOTH David and Tommy Nutter, almost in equal measure.
Both ahead of their time in their respective disciplines.
Tommy hoped to turn the fashion world on its head with h ...more
Tommy Nutter - an iconoclast who subverted the dusty culture of the Savile Row tailor to bring new energy to fight through waves of conservatism ...
and David Nutter - who provided a window into a revolution, a consciousness through his lens having ...more
From an early age, there was something different about Tommy and David Nutter. Growing up in an austere apartment above a café catering to truck drivers, both boys seemed destined to lead rather humble lives in post-war London—Tommy as a civil servant, David as a darkroom technician. Yet the strength of thei ...more
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This biography of the noted fashion designer was fascinating. A man from humble beginnings set the men's fashion world on its head with his bold designs and use of color at a time when the world was still very much a grey place. Add to that kind of bold thinking the fact that Mr. Nutter was gay when the gay world was still in the closet, and you have the makings of an intriguin ...more
Lance Richardson is himself gay, and I think his personal connection brings a depth to the biography that a straight author wouldn't have. He writes about the persecution of gay men in Britain in the 70s, and the underground gay clubs, with a kind of underlying passion ...more
This is a nonfiction account based around the life of Thomas Nutter, a famous English tailor who helped create the "look" of the 1960s and 70s. It talks a lot about his life, his work, and the culture surrounding him during this time - the advent of rock and roll, the changing economic and cultural scene in London, and the ever-moving- ...more
A nice tale about an artistic tailor, which closes in a way that makes one aware this book was really about two people; both the tailor & his brother. Tommy & David Nutter are the kind of people I find interesting, b/c they lived life on their own terms as much as possible. Mad respect for that. Moving things along were the story line happening mainly on 2 continents, as well as both the local & global ups & downs of history. T...more
But, when I read the actual book, I was rather disappointed.
Even though “House of Nutter” was run by Tommy Nutter,
the book was about Tommy and his brother, David. Huh?
I wanted more on the 1970s-1980s fashions! Creating a very
trendy store in London! Rubbing shoulders with the stars,
the parties and the gossip! Instead, it was more about how
they grew up, how they looked, and their boyfriends.
It was written well, though had too many adjecti ...more
I remember seeing the photos in the book, in magazines and newspapers.
Studio 54 and CBGB’s, were places I dreamed of going to.
How the general public reacted to the emergence of AIDS, and the clothes.
Oh, the clothes!
I loved the clothes, and have Tommy Nutter to thank for those w i d e lapels, and the mixing/mismatching of colors, designs and patterns. ...more
Originally from Australia, he now lives in New York.