The Tommy Nutter brand is to be relaunched as a bespoke tailoring service following Nutters of Savile Row owner David Mason’s successful legal bid to use the Tommy Nutter name.
Tailoring entrepreneur Mason this week won a 13-year battle against Crombie boss Alan Lewis over the use of the name of the late Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter, who before his death in 1992 dressed the likes of Mick Jagger and Elton John.
The High Court upheld a decision made by the UK Intellectual Property Office in February to revoke
Crombie’s use of the name Tommy Nutter and award it to Nutters Holdings.
Mason told Drapers he would maintain the Nutters label for his ready-to-wear collections and collaborations, but plans to rebrand his bespoke tailoring service under the name Tommy Nutter from his premises in Montague Square, Marylebone.
Mason said: “It has been a long journey but the history is absolutely essential for our brand. Tommy Nutter is a legendary figure on Savile Row and it’s just a shame the name has been at the centre of this legal battle for so long. It would be nice to do something with it rather than arguing over it.”
This week’s judgment upheld the ruling in February, when Crombie was ordered to pay costs of more than £3,000. Dismissing the appeal, the High Court ruled that the “minimal activity” of Crombie was a “token effort” rather than a genuine attempt to use the trademark.
The judge said Crombie’s subsequent attempts to sell the rights it had registered to third parties did not give it the legal right to maintain the registration. It also found Crombie had no common-law rights to the Tommy Nutter name, concluding it did not have a relevant commercial connection. Crombie has 21 days to appeal the decision and take the case to the Court of Appeal.
If the ruling is upheld again, Crombie can then take the case to the Supreme Court. Lewis, who was bailed last month after being arrested following allegations of rape dating back to the 1960s, owns Crombie through his J&J Crombie business.
A statement issued by the company said: “J&J Crombie will continue to defend its historic and current rights and goodwill to the Tommy Nutter brand in all markets, and will seek permission to appeal the recent local UK judgment.”
Nutters of Savile Row currently offers a bespoke tailoring service and a ready-to-wear collaboration collection with Peter Werth. The 22-piece range, which debuted for autumn 13, was prompted by the film Northern Soul, on which Nutters and Peter Werth both worked on wardrobe and production.
The collaborative range has a strong silhouette employing Nutters’ trademark large lapels and wide-leg trousers. Soft and unstructured jersey knit fabrics have been used in the design as a nod to Peter Werth’s background as a knitwear manufacturer.
Retail prices range from £120 for a tailored-fit shirt to £895 for a double-breasted overcoat.