Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill unveils Hormazd Narielwalla Artist in Residence for Frieze London 2014

From 15-18 October 2014, in line with Frieze London, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill has invited award-winning artist Hormazd Narielwalla, renowned for his highly creative use of tailors patterns, as the Portman Square hotel’s Artist in Residence.

Setting up studio in the lobby of the hotel for Frieze week, guests and visitors will be able to view Narielwalla at work as he creates bespoke artwork using a copy of Churchill’s original suit patterns; the measures are taken from Henry Poole & Co archives – the acknowledged ‘Founders of Savile Row’ and Sir Winston Churchill’s tailors, from whom he ordered his first suit, 107 years ago. As Narielwalla works, visitors will also be able to view Henry Poole’s past ledger and measure books which refer to Churchill as a client, and the original weighing book from the jockey scales in the showroom.

Creating dynamic collages, Narielwalla uses tailoring patterns to create artworks exploring the human body in abstract form. His practice began in the workrooms of the tailoring firm Dege & Skinner in London’s Savile Row, with an artist’s book Dead Man’s Patterns (2008).

With Narielwalla as the official Artist in Residence, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill further cements its ongoing support for artists, and encourages guests and visitors to interact with art in new ways, outside of the usual environment of a gallery or museum.

In 2013 Saatchi Art announced Narielwalla as ‘One to Watch’, and in 2014 he won the Saatchi Art Showdown prize – The Body Electric. His work is also currently exhibited in the hotel’s curated Saatchi Suite, in collaboration with Republic of Fritz HansenTM, and he has exhibited in London, Melbourne, Stockholm, Athens, New Delhi and New York.

Henry Poole & Co for The Churchill Bar & Terrace

To commemorate the collaboration between the Savile Row Tailors and the hotel, The Churchill Bar & Terrace team has created an exclusive cocktail –Chalk Stripe – available for a limited time only, during Frieze London. For the discerning guest, HINE cigar cognac is blended with Chase gin, and the bar’s very own Churchillian bitters and port reduction, topped with a twist of orange.

The Churchill Bar & Terrace is an elegant and inviting space with subtle references to the young Winston Churchill and his beloved wife Clementine. Using art, travel, animals, champagne, cigars and whisky, the bar celebrates the passions of this young man with the blessing of Churchill’s extended family.

Hormazd Narielwalla will be at work in the lobby of the hotel from 11.00-17.00 on Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 October, with his work available to view by the public free of charge.

Chalk Stripe – A Henry Poole cocktail for Frieze London – will be available at The Churchill Bar & Terrace from 15-18 October, priced at £16.

30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH| + 44207 486 5800 |london.churchill@hyatt.com

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About Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is conveniently located in the heart of London’s West End with views over the charming gardens of Portman Square. With 434 well-appointed guest rooms and suites and featuring 12 intimate and large meeting spaces, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill offers a full range of services tailored to serve the needs of business and leisure travellers. Dining options include ‘seasonal’ dishes in The Montagu and award-winning Italian cuisine at Locanda Locatelli. Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill enables all guests, whether they are travelling to work, unwind or gather in celebration, to leave feeling productive and revitalised.
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About Henry Poole & Co
Henry Poole & Co was established in 1806 and founded Savile Row, the street synonymous with men’s fashion. Today, Henry Poole &
Co is located at 15 Savile Row.
Henry Poole & Co also created the dinner jacket. In 1865, the family firm made the original wool dinner jacket for the Prince of Wales, a garment which transformed men’s fashion and etiquette, and in the USA became known as the Tuxedo. In the 1890’s Henry Poole & Co was the largest tailor in the world with over 300 sewing tailors and 14 cutters. The company had branches in London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna.
Henry Poole & Co does not divulge the price of its tailored garments nor the identity of its clients whilst they are alive. The company has historically created outfits for Winston Churchill, General de Gaulle, and General Montgomery, the Tsars of Russia and the Italian royal family and virtually every royal household across Europe and heads of state.
Sir Winston Churchill’s patronage of Henry Poole & Co included orders for both civilian clothes and formal attire. The orders pre-dated World War II but as this was a time when suits lasted for decades, there were garments created by Henry Poole & Co which Churchill wore as Prime Minister during the Second World War, an example is the uniform for an Elder Brother of Trinity House of which he was particularly proud.
Since being founded every Henry Poole Co suit cut on Savile Row has been pure bespoke: measured, cut, fitted, sewn and finished entirely by hand in a process that involves at least three fittings and over 80 man hours.