At the heart of every Savile Row suit, lies the story of Henry Poole, a family business that has maintained the great tradition of English bespoke tailoring for seven generations, while constantly evolving to accommodate the demands of the contemporary gentlemen.
Home to diverse customers from celebrities to royalty since 1806, Henry Poole is widely considered to be the founder of Savile Row. At the Savile Row showroom, customers can choose from over 6,000 cloth swatches, ranging from luxury worsted cashmere suitings from Huddersfield or rich flannels from the West Country to pure cashmere and fine tweeds from the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish Borders. Yet the brand’s reputation as master tailors goes way beyond the confines of Savile Row. Since the 1950s, it has travelled all over the world to meet its customers to ensure their suits are tailored to perfection.
Henry Poole is thought to be home to the longest surviving archive record of any tailor in the world
It takes approximately 70 working hours to make a bespoke suit and every aspect of that process is completed on-site by experienced cutters and tailors. Henry Poole is very proud of its fine British heritage as tailors to a discerning international clientele throughout the years. The brand is thought to be home to the longest surviving archive record of any tailor in the world. Since 1846 its archive has documented the taste, lifestyle and social standing of generations of customers, including industrialists, heroes, entrepreneurs, aristocrats and royalty – in 1865 Henry Poole created the dinner jacket for the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. It also dressed artists and authors including Toulouse-Lautrec, Bram Stoker, Wilkie Collins, Lillie Langtry and Serge Diaghilev.
In 2017 Henry Poole cemented its international reach and forward-thinking ethos by a collaboration with Adidas Originals to design two limited-edition sneakers, especially creating a fabric in Adidas Original blue. In 2018 Henry Poole’s talent was in demand across a variety of industries, from film to automotive, showcasing its ability to diversify and adapt. Known to have made suits for Sir Winston Churchill, the company tailored the suits for Gary Oldman in his Oscar-winning performance as Churchill in The Darkest Hour and for Ben Mendelsohn who played George VI. Later in the year, Aston Martin enlisted Henry Poole’s expertise when designing the Lagonda. Sourcing hand-woven British wool, it helped create the patterns and cut the material to achieve a perfectly trimmed seat. It also created and launched an exclusive Segrave worsted tweed for the RAC in its club colours to celebrate the Segrave Trophy.
Henry Poole is widely considered to be the founder of Savile Row
Today Angus Cundey and his son, Simon, continue to run Henry Poole as a family business. ‘Working with Adidas Originals introduced us to the younger sneaker generation,’ says Simon Cundey. ‘We recognise how important it is to continue to accommodate worthwhile change but we also maintain our global reach and reputation because our customers appreciate that we have never compromised – and never will compromise – our proud British Savile Row heritage and values.
HENRY POOLE 15 SAVILE ROW, LONDON W1S 3PJ +44 (0)20 7734 5985