Bentley meets Savile Row in Washington

A little over a year ago, we covered Bentley’s extension into home living. Late last week, the British luxury marque unveiled a new collaboration that neatly underlines the carmaker’s high standards.

The lavish grounds of the British Embassy in Washington D.C. provided the setting for Savile Row and America: a Sartorial Special Relationship. Created by Bentley, the 2-night exhibition curated by style writer Nick Foulkes pays tribute to London’s legendary home of fine tailoring.

Special exhibits by leading labels Huntsman, Henry Poole, Dege & Skinner and Gieves & Hawkes gave invited guests and media an inside look into Savile Row and its contribution to American life, politics and show business through the years.

For Bentley, it was a perfect backdrop for the new Continental GT Speed: itself a model of discreet elegance, high performance and craftsmanship. But it was more than a flag-waving event. Bentley also revealed a series of special garments developed with Savile Row’s finest tailors in search of the ultimate driving jacket.

Gieves & Hawkes for Bentley

It’s a project that the carmaker has captured in Intelligent Details: The Bespoke Driving Jacket. Revealing stunning levels of workmanship and detailing, the video is also the second installment of an online brand documentary series that Bentley has pledged to produce solely using iOS filming and editing.

Each of the highly exclusive garments is now set to return to the windows of Savile Row and will continue to be available for bespoke order through the participating tailors.

The VW-owned maker’s other luxury extensions include collaborations with Vertu, Tibaldi and Breitling.