REVISITING Henry Poole ... the oldest Taylors on Savile Row
Henry Poole & Co is a gentleman's bespoke tailor located at №15 Savile Row in London. The acknowledged 'Founders of Savile Row' and creators of the Dinner Suit, the company has remained a family-run business since their establishment in 1806. They opened first in Brunswick Square, in 1806, originally specializing in military tailoring, with particular merit at the time of the Battle of Waterloo. Their business moved to Savile Row in 1846, following the death of founder James Poole.
Henry Poole ran the business until his death in 1876, and was succeeded by cousin Samuel Cundey, whose legacy continued, for five generations, to the present-day owners Angus Cundey and son Simon. In the two centuries, the tailors have enjoyed great success and endured extreme difficulties, but survive to this day as the typification of excellence in bespoke men's tailoring. The company still holds many Royal Warrants, and services the Lord Chamberlain's office with court dress, with their livery department even creating uniforms for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. The company are also credited with the creation of the Dinner Suit.
The company makes regular visits to mainland Europe, the U.S. and other international locations, including Henry Poole outlets in Japan and now China. In 2006, the company celebrated their bicentennial with a refurbishment of their premises and 2007 saw a re-issue of a suiting material made famous by Winston Churchill, a Henry Poole customer who ordered his first suit 100 years ago.
Angus Howard Cundey MD of Henry Poole & Co (1806), the oldest company on Savile Row.
He was born in 1937 and was educated at Framlingham College, Suffolk and did an apprenticeship at Maison Lanvin, Paris. He also attended the famous Tailor and Cutter Academy on Gerrard Street. Angus has held many prestigious positions in the Tailoring world: Past President of the Federation of Merchant Tailors; Chairman World Congress of Master Tailors 1973; President Master Tailors Benevolent Association; President Tailors Benevolent Institute, Livery.Merchant Taylors Company. Director Savile Row Bespoke Association, Director British Clothing Industries Association.
1806, Pooles had set up as a military tailor. In 1846, a palatial showroom with a new entrance opening onto the adjoining street of Savile Row, started the long tradition of the Savile Row suit. By making a short smoking jacket for the Prince of Wales in 1860, the now famous Tuxedo was created.