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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
Architect/Designer John Saladino
Ed Ruscha, Artist
We have been wearing Clacton & Frinton for almost 30 years, since the days when the shop was originally on La Cienega Blvd! Michael and Hilary have made many a new outfit for us to wear at our respective art openings around the world. Everywhere we go, we get compliments, especially Roy who favors the bright plaids for his custom made shirt jackets. We are very appreciative of the precise measurements that Michael takes when we order new clothes. He has discreetly witnessed (but never openly reacted to) our expanding waistlines over the years. Through his sleight of hand, he makes sure we keep a clean line and "pass as slim". We feel jaunty in Clacton & Frinton clothes, always age appropriate but with a slight touch of the dandy.
I first discovered C&F more than 30 years ago when I was walking along La Cienega with my friend Jean Marsh, and we looked into this little English store, to be greeted by funny, attractive Michael and the even more-so Hilary.
When I was shooting my movie 'The Object of Beauty', in England some years ago, the star, John Malkovich, was coming on the set to shoot a scene. " That's a nice
As a big guy I used to find it really difficult to find smart, interesting clothes to fit me. Decades ago my joy was to discover Clacton and Frinton. Michael and I share a love for high quality natural fibers and he seems to be able to find material and patterns that nobody else can. Michael has also taught me the pleasures of bespoke tailoring, (at prices that are comparable to ready-made clothes).
But there is something else, more rare, more to be treasured than the superb craftsmanship. Hilary and Michael love what they do for "a living", and that love is a delight to wear.
Phillip Noyce, film director
"The quality of your work is very good and the material I like a lot. Thank you, Michael."
David Lynch, artist, movie director
I've been shopping at Clacton & Frinton, for many years, beginning with the store on La Cienega and then the one on Robertson. The ready-to-wear shirts, jackets, suits and trousers, were always so imaginatively different and unique. I've had Michael, custom make me suits and jackets and they fit perfectly. Great personal service!
Mark Snow, composer
I was introduced to Clacton and Frinton by a mutual friend almost fifteen years ago. Michael and Hilary are uniquely expert in all they do, from their deeply well-informed choice of superb fabrics, to their passionate attention to styling, and their wonderfully creative sense of detailing and finish. That means taking stock of your inevitable oddities of shape and size and of when and where you're going to be wearing them. They draw from vast knowledge and experience of fashion, tailoring and style on both sides of the Atlantic. The added bonus is that they are wonderfully witty, engaging, well-read and civilized into the bargain. I look forward to my conversations with them almost as much as the clothes that result. I can't imagine having anyone else make my suits and thankfully I don't need to.
Sir Ken Robinson