Clapton On Cordings
“I became aware of Cordings; I think when I was in my mid teens. I come from the country, and the highlight of our week would be to come up to London and listen to guitar players and musicians, and it was difficult to get home. I’d spend that time till dawn just walking the West End and I remember Cordings. It stuck in my mind as a place of tradition, part of the heritage of England.
I went off on my life, travelling around the world playing guitar but every now and then I would look in the window at Cordings. One day, I saw this suit. It was a sort of a moss green herringbone tweed suit, three piece, and I thought, God, that’s beautiful, it was just the most exquisitely cut jacket.
I had to pluck up courage to come in! I don’t know what that’s about, but, perhaps its something to do with the fact that I’ve always considered myself a working class country boy and this, in a way was like entering a gentlemen’s club. I felt that I really wasn’t entitled to come in here. So in I came very shyly, and tried it on and it was immaculate, it was storm-proof, and solid. I mean it was like wearing a green wooden suit!
From then on I visited Cordings every week……My favourite tweed jacket is the 21oz over check. I just feel like I’ve come to a kind of home in terms of what clothing I need to be in the country.”
Interview taken from television programme: BBC British Style Genius