Posted 06 December 2010 - 06:07 PM
This is really helpful, thank you.
I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to study Savile Row tailoring with retired master tailor, Sydney Flowers. He was trained at Henry Poole, and set up his own establishment on Carnaby St, being the first fashion business there. In 1962 he was named one of Savile Row's top 5 tailors. For the past 35 years, he has been living in Western Australia, quietly tailoring for those who knew of him, and who could afford it ;-) He's now retired, and is generously running a professional development course for a few of us lucky enough to qualify. We won't receive the full training, as it's just part-time, but it's a wonderful opportunity to learn high level skills to which we wouldn't otherwise have access.
Unfortunately, about 8 weeks ago, an elecrical fault caused a fire that destroyed his house and workroom. He and his family are all safe, but he lost everything, including his professional library. For insurance purposes, he needs to establish the value of many of the books he's lost, and I said that I'd try to help out. I'm not sure that he needs the actual books, and I actually have several of his favourites, (MTOC in particular) so I can probably find any specific information he needs, either in my collection or online, but the insurance company needs a dollar value to pay out on.
Any guidance on this matter would be greatly appreciated.