Tyson Fury’s Suits: The Gypsy King Origins Story Through Fashion with Fashion House Claudio Lugli
The journey begins back in August 2015 with a phone call out of the blue. A then member of Team Fury calls me and asks if I know who Tyson Fury was, to which I responded ‘Of course, The Gypsy King’. I was following the coverage of the Klitschko and Fury build up intently on Sky Sports and was excited at the prospect of potentially styling the potential next Heavyweight Champion of the World.
What I wasn’t expecting was the time constraints involved. The task of putting together an outfit combination fit for a king was already a daunting task. Finding a 3 piece combination for the man-mountain that is Tyson Fury with only an 18 hour time scale was enough to give anyone anxiety. With that being said I already had a vision within my mind about how I wanted to execute this look. Tony Soprano, Don Corleone, Al Capone were all immediate inspirations that I took from and wanted to formulate a style guide which screamed boss, head of the family and almost a mafioso figurehead.
I drew for a 3 piece grey suit with strong and bold Burgundy checks running down the body of the garment. The waistcoat was a bowled cut which allowed the crisp white shirt underneath to display the signature Claudio Lugli details on the inside packet of the shirt, which was a blood red with a cream floral print.
Within the space of 4 hours I was all set. I had picked out my favourite looks and two alternatives just incase Tyson dismissed the ‘PLAN A’ idea. I then proceeded to call Shaz Salimian my go-to cameraman and asked if was up for driving up to Morecambe first thing in the morning at 6am, he duly obliged. It was on.
After an almost 5 hour car journey up to the Fury abode in Lancaster we arrived. As soon as Tyson ducked underneath his own living room doorframe, I was met with a moment of realisation that this wasn’t going to go exactly to plan! I had read about Tyson’s height and stature but what I hadn’t anticipated was his freakishly long arm length and wing span. He came over to Shaz and I welcomed us, shook our hands, rubbed his own and said ‘show me what you got’.
Once I began to undo the zip on the suit bag to show him the suit that lay underneath I could see Tyson was visibly excited to throw on the garments. The trousers came on first, followed by the shirt and waistcoat. As Tyson threw on the suit jacket to complete the look I could see that sleeve length was going to be a major problem. He looked down at his outstretched arms and said ‘I love the suit but what are we gong to do about the sleeves’….
There was about 3.5 inches of distance between Tyson’s sleeve cuff and wrist. Uh oh. Fortunately Claudio is a master tailor and I knew we were able to have this turned around in time and the initial sleeve issue could be adjusted to specification and in time for the conference
The rest of this story is best documented exclusively by TalkSport. I recently spoke with TalkSport’s very own James Savundra and Ade Oladipo and shared my first encounter with Tyson and how it’s impacted all of his unique iconography to date, check it out below!