19. Tommy Nutter
Founder: Tommy Nutter
Year Founded: Founded 1969 as Nutters of Savile Row
In 1969, the idea that a tailor could be a designer was revolutionary, almost absurd. But there was a new aesthetic movement underway in the UK, and Tommy Nutter stood alongside rock and rollers at the forefront. Nutter founded his house with help from Peter Brown, managing director of Apple Corps (the Beatles' corporate arm), among others, and his tastes were decidedly un-staid. His signature was an insanely bold look, with wide lapels, outrageous pattern-matching and bold colors. Nutter established the idea that a tailor could also make fashion, and forever changed menswear.