World famous tailor has hand-crafted bespoke suits for royalty, politicians and businessmen for more than 200 years
Established in 1806, Henry Poole & Co is the founder of Savile Row, the modest Mayfair street recognised worldwide with more than 200 years of bespoke tailoring tradition. It was the eponymous Poole who first opened a Savile Row entrance to his palatial tailor’s shop in 1846 where he would serve claret and cigars to friends such as the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), Baron Meyer de Rothschild and Prince Louis Napoleon (the future Emperor Napoleon III).
Customers of Henry Poole walk in the footsteps of kings, prime ministers, presidents and gentlemen of note from the worlds of politics, property, finance and publishing. What do Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, J. Pierpont Morgan, General de Gaulle, William Randolph Hearst and Emperor Hirohito have in common other than their appearance in the historic ledgers preserved in the Henry Poole & Co archive?
Today, Henry Poole & Co is one of few tailors on Savile Row dedicated only to the craft of hand-making bespoke suits. Each customer is measured by hand, his pattern is cut by hand and his suit is constructed by many hands with a minimum of 54-hours’ work and an average three months to perfect, all on the premises at 15 Savile Row. Though Poole’s is always pleased to welcome new customers to Savile Row, the cutters visit countries such as Japan, USA, France and Germany, to name a few, up to four times a year.
In addition to City suits and formal dress such as the dinner jacket that Poole’s cut first for Prince of Wales in 1865 before his accession to the throne, Henry Poole & Co is the only Savile Row tailor to have a Livery Department and has held the British monarch’s royal warrant successively since Queen Victoria first granted it in 1869. Poole also tailored the velvet court dress, designed by Henry Poole’s father James in 1837, on the accession of Queen Victoria.
In April 2012 Henry Poole & Co was proud to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: an honour conferred on Her Majesty’s birthday and in the diamond jubilee year. This award is Britain’s highest accolade for business and is granted by the Queen, on the advice of the prime minister, for excellence in international trade.
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