In this episode we talk to Ben Dalrymple, managing director of Lock & Co. Hatters. Lock & Co. have been with Bond since the very beginning, providing the original Sandown Trilby seen when Bond arrives at Kingston Airport.

They are the second oldest retailer in the UK and Ben reflects on that,

We are beaten by a butchers who are over 500 years old. Which is quite astonishing when you think of family’s, marriages, wars and all sorts of different things, financial crisis’. viruses and everything else. We are 344 years old this year (2020).

I’m the new boy, I’ve only been MD for 3 and a half years so I’m only a small part of Locks history, [and] I didn’t have any hat background. I’ve always been in retail and other businesses. There’s just something magic about Locks.

When you open that brass door handle on the original door, and the shop has barely changed since the early 1700’s and its the feel of it, the look of it, dare I say the smell of it.

The slight[y] creaky floorboards, slightly magic – it feels like stepping back in time. We are very fortunate where we are in St. James Street to be like a little oasis in London. Just north of us is Piccadilly, then some of the busier places in London like Haymarket and Leicester square.

But actually St. James street is relatively quiet and obviously in the shop you could really be in any time in the world. Other than the electric lights and air conditioning.

Recorded over SKYPE 4th June 2020 Pete brooker and Ben Dalrymple, Managing Director – Lock & Co. Hatters. The Sandown Trilby is currently in stock for 295 GBP and can be found on their website here.

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Not only but also..

Also James Davies from Do you Expect me to Talk on Instagram gives us THAT story of when he met Michael Caine. And THAT story of Sean Connery that Michael Caine told.

The first thing Michael Caine said to me was “How’s Sean? […] How is he, I haven’t spoken to him for years.” We sat down did the interview. So down to earth. I started talking about Bond [..] I am a Bond man.

Michael then started to divulge an incredible story about Sean Connery out-muscling two men in a nightclub.

On that night these two men thought they were dealing with Sean Connery the actor, and in actual fact, he played the role of James Bond. Not only [did he get rid] of these two henchmen, […] but left with these two ladies

Q&A Answered

Favourite sartorial piece from No Time to Die that you don’t already have? 

Massimo Alba – Duster Jacket 

Your favourite tailor or company from the Bond franchise?

N.Peal 

What piece of Bond clothing or memorabilia do you regret buying? 

The book Being a Scot

What were your takeaways from Style-A-Thon?

Massively impressed with how Matt didn’t need to piss for the 3 hours on stage.

I do the Q&A on Monday’s on my Instagram. Sorry I didn’t get around to all of them. These are some I’ll tackle next week.

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Up next on the show

Celebrity tailor Henry Rose is in the tank and should be next up. Don’t forget you can get some previews of upcoming VLOGS, recommendations and my No Time to Diary (weekly blog) only in the weekly Newsletter.

Update

You can now catch the episode on YouTube.