Boasting the longest history of any of its neighbouring independent tailors, Davies & Son is located at 39 Savile Row. It was founded in 1803 by George Davies on neighbouring Cork Street, and over the years has acquired tailoring businesses Johns and Pegg, Fallan and Harvey, James and James, Wells of Mayfair and others, proving their success over three separate centuries. In this time, they have dressed four kings, seven crown princes, 18 knights of the realm and two US presidents. They’ve also had a number of celebrity names on their books from Savile Row regulars Clark Gable and Bryan Ferry to some surprising names like Michael Jackson.
They are one of only three tailors on the street who are purely dedicated to making bespoke, but the company’s pride in their high-level expertise and strong heritage isn’t intended to intimidate. In fact, they happily provide a friendly and approachable service to first-timers and long-standing customers alike. And it’s not just the business itself that has a long-serving history either, current owner Alan Bennett is part of the highly respected ’50 Club’ on Savile Row, indicating over 50 years’ experience in tailoring.
A number of cloths exclusive to Davies & Son are available too, ready to be made into your desired fit. Contrary to many of their fellow tradesmen, Davies & Son has no ‘house style’. Instead, they train their cutters to work with all body shapes and all tastes, with a focus on dressing customers to ‘take a stone off your weight and ten years of your age’ instead.
Although they travel all around the world, including America, Dubai, France, and Switzerland, to meet clients, they highly recommend a visit to their Savile Row salon, especially for first time customers, to get the full experience at the heart of the business. A minimum of two fittings are required for your suit and you can expect it to be ready in eight to twelve weeks’ time.