Tuesday, 23 November 2010

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.

HIM The Emperor Napoleon III 1858

HRH The Prince of Wales 1863

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh 1868

HRH The Crown Prince of Prussia 1868

HM Queen Victoria 1869

HM The King of the Beligians 1869

HRH The Crown Prince of Denmark 1869

HRH The Prince of Teck 1870

HRH Prince Christian of Schleswig–Holstein 1870

The Khedive of Egypt 1870

HRH Prince Oscar of Sweden & Norway 1871

HM King Amadeus I of Spain 1871

HRH Prince Louis of Hesse 1871

HRH Crown Prince of Russia 1874

HIM The Emperor Pedro II of Brazil 1874

HIM Tsar Alexander II of Russia 1875

HM The King of Hellenes 1877

HRH The Crown Prince of Austria 1878

HM King Umberto I of Italy 1879

HIM Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany *

HIM Tsar Alexander III of Russia 1881

HG The Duke of Genoa 1891

HG Friedrich, Grossherzog of Baden 1891

HG The Duke of Aosta 1892

HRH Prince Emanuel of Savoie 1892

HIM The Shah of Persia *

HM The King of Denmark 1893

HM King Edward VII 1902

HRH Prince Albrecht of Prussia 1903

HH The Maharajah Gaekwar of Baroda 1905

HIM The Shah of Persia 1906

The Khedive of Egypt 1910

HM Queen Alexandra 1911

HRH The Prince of Wales 1922

The Imperial Household of Japan 1923

HM King George V 1928

HM The King of the Bulgarians 1936

HM King George VI 1940

HIM Emperor Haile Selassie 1959

HM Queen Elizabeth II 1976

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