5 Minutes With... Thom Sweeney

Words by
Andy Morris

10th February 2022

The dapper duo of Thom Whiddett and Luke Sweeney are the British tailors of choice for the A-List. Here the pair pick their favourite knitwear, truffle cheeseburgers and Japanese whisky.

What is a good Valentine's gift for men this February?
TW: Cashmere knitwear. It’s an investment piece but treat it well and you’ll keep it for life. 

What is the best way of making a suit look more casual?
TW: It is all about the cut and structure.... or lack of it. We make our informal tailoring designed to be deconstructed. 
LS: To make a suit more informal I always like to make shoulders unstructured and sometimes like to add two patch pockets …

Favourite London restaurant?
TW: Oswald's is wonderful, great food and service. Plus you can drink from your own wine collection which is great if you want to have something special 
LS: Tough one that! I love Cecconi's for the atmosphere, Zuma for sushi and Jean Georges for the truffle cheeseburger.

Favourite restaurant internationally?
TW: Mamo in New York. I love the food and the atmosphere. It’s a place you’ll keep coming back to and Mike [ Mammoliti], the owner, is always there to hang with.

Holiday destination of choice? 
TW: The Aman in Venice. For a long weekend away it’s magical 
LS: Cape Town for adventure and beauty, Maldives to relax 

Watch of choice?
TW: I’m back in love with my first watch, an old Omega Seamaster. It’s elegant and low key, which I prefer these days.
LS: Vintage Rolex Day-Date, with a brown leather strap 

What bottle never leaves your cocktail cabinet?
TW: A nice bottle of Tequila and love a Japanese whisky. Hibiki is my favourite 

What is your favourite hotel in Britain and why? 
TW: The Connaught, near our townhouse in Mayfair  

What does luxury mean to you?
TW: I’m terms of clothing: quality, comfort and uniqueness.
Luxury means for me anything that makes you feel incredible and that you continually revisit. Can be clothes, hotels, restaurants... 

What menswear trend needs to die out in 2022? 
TW: Anything that's too tight! 

See more from Thom Sweeney at their flagship store on Old Burlington St.  https://thomsweeney.com/pages/flagship-store