John Simons has been selling and designing clothes since 1955. His legendary shops in Richmond, Soho and Covent Garden have influenced and inspired countless numbers and he continues to do so at his latest shop, which he runs with his son Paul, on fashionable Chiltern Street in London. John is an educator, a stylist and above all an original modernist.
Attending this event
Mark Baxter is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of 12 books and the producer of both feature and documentary films. Recent subjects for Mono Media Films, the company he runs with Lee Cogswell, have included the legendary UK jazzer Tubby Hayes and the king of UK Pop Art Sir Peter Blake.
Films screening at this event
- Lee Cogswell
- 60 min
John Simons’ shop in Marylebone has long been the go-to destination for Britain’s best-dressed men. Starting out in Hackney in the early 1960s, Simons was the first to import to the UK the Ivy League style so loved by fashion-obsessed mods; and he gave the Harrington jacket its name. Paul Weller, Suggs and Robert Elms are only a few of the fans who learned a trick or two from Simons. They, alongside family, friends and the man himself, celebrate a true British institution, and over fifty years of exceptionally good taste.