House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row

House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row

The strange, illuminative true story of Tommy Nutter, the Savile Road tailor who changed the silhouette of men's fashion – and his rock photographer brother, David, who captured it all on film.

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 their imagination (plus a little help from their friends) transformed them instead into unlikely protagonists of a swinging cultural revolution.

In 1969, at the age of twenty-six, Tommy opened an unusual new boutique on the “golden mile” of bespoke tailoring, Savile Row. While shocking a haughty establishment resistant to change, “Nutters of Savile Row” became an immediate sensation among the young, rich, and beautiful, beguiling everyone from Bianca Jagger to the Beatles—who immortalized Tommy’s designs on the album cover of Abbey Road. Meanwhile, David’s innate talent with a camera vaulted him across the Atlantic to New York City, where he found himself in a parallel constellation of stars (Yoko Ono, Elton John) who enjoyed his dry wit almost as much as his photography.

House of Nutter tells the stunning true story of two gay men who influenced some of the most iconic styles and pop images of the twentieth century. Drawing on interviews with more than seventy people—and taking advantage of unparalleled access to never-before-seen pictures, letters, sketches, and diaries—journalist Lance Richardson presents a dual portrait of brothers improvising their way through five decades of extraordinary events, their personal struggles playing out against vivid backdrops of the Blitz, an obscenity trial, the birth of disco, and the devastation of the AIDS crisis.

A propulsive, deftly plotted narrative filled with surprising details and near-operatic twists, House of Nutter takes readers on a wild ride into the minds and times of two brilliant dreamers.

Title:House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780451496461
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About Lance Richardson

Lance Richardson has written for numerous publications, including


    House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row Reviews

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    I received this advance reader copy from Crown Publishing via NetGalley.Being a lifelong Beatles fan, when I saw that this book involved Savile Row in London, England, my interest was immediately piqu...

  • Valerity (Val)

    This was a such an informative read about the fashion and menswear trade from the late 1960’s and through the rock and roll years when a lot of his clientele were famous rockers among many other cel...

  • Dana Aprigliano (TheVaguelyArticulateReader)

    (minor spoiler alert) I haven't given a book five entire stars in a really long time, but here we are I guess because this book was PHENOMENAL.Not only was the history of the Nutter brothers meticulou...

  • Alysa H.

    Fascinating subject matter. I thought I knew a lot about late-1960s/1970s music, art, and fashion, and yet I still learned plenty from this book. It turns out I knew next to nothing about Tommy Nutter...

  • Argum

    I received a free copy of this book from Penguin First To Read. 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 subc...

  • Kristine

    House of Nutter by Lance Richardson is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late April.A quirky, saga-like biography of the brothers Nutter, told mostly back and forth the Atlantic from the late 1960...

  • Columbus

    House of Nutter is an astonishing, well-told story of the fabulous Nutter Brothers. Tommy a bespoke tailor/fashion designer and then older brother, David, an entertainment photographer who worked with...

  • Lindsey

    I am going to admit that I had no idea who Tommy Nutter was before opening this book. I quickly realized, however, that he has waved a hand over many of the most famous moments in pop culture history ...

  • Tom Schulte

    I really enjoyed this biog - really of the 2 Nutter brothers: tailor Tommy and photog David. There remarkable lives are more than the broad-shouldered bespoke suit trend Tommy started after first brin...

  • Kimberley

    Thank you NetGalley for this advanced eGalley of "House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row".On the surface, and based on its captivating cover, you'd think this was going to be a book centered ...