From the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, to Winston Churchill, to icons of fiction like James Bond and Bertie Wooster, the world’s most discerning and stylish gentlemen have turned to London’s Savile Row for the ultimate in bespoke tailoring for a quarter of a millennium.
Masters from the golden mile of tailoring have been dressing exacting customers since the late 18th century. Representing the ultimate in bespoke suiting, a Savile Row creation is a hand-cut and hand-stitched work of art.
Not only is Gieves & Hawkes one of the oldest tailors on the street; the house has dressed members of Britain’s royal family and held royal warrants continuously since 1809. While the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princes William and Harry are devoted patrons, Gieves & Hawkes has also dressed Her Majesty the Queen for the many state occasions during which she has appeared in uniform. Indeed, uniforms are a particular specialty. Gieves & Hawkes is also responsible for the uniforms worn by Her Majesty’s Bodyguard.
Henry Poole & Co., at Number 15, was founded as a military tailoring house. In 1860, Mr. Poole created a smoking jacket for Edward VII that revolutionized formal dress. Today this ‘dinner jacket’ is known as the tuxedo in the United States.
While many associate bespoke tailoring with the classic business suit (known as the ‘lounge suit’ in England), well-dressed outdoorsmen also look to Savile Row for bespoke hunting garments. Norton & Sons, established in 1821 and located at Number 16, specializes in outdoor wear. At Number 11, H. Huntsman & Sons is known not only for its house tweed, but for dressing Hollywood legends such as Clark Gable and Gregory Peck.
If your taste runs more toward the cutting edge than the traditional, Ozwald Boateng at Number 30 may be more your style. Formerly the creative director for Givenchy, Boateng offers tailored clothing with a more modern and fashion-forward cut. Richard James, at Number 29, is also more au courant, specializing in contemporary styling, with a trimmer silhouette.
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