Credited with being one of the first to set up shop and make Savile Row what it is today, Henry Poole & Co is one of the most highly respected names on the street. It was founded in 1806 but moved to Old Burlington Street in 1822 and was taken over after its founder James Poole’s death by his son Henry in 1846. Henry’s passion for the business and aristocratic social circles made him the tailor to go to in London. Upon this success, he decided to enlarge the store and changed the main entrance to the back of the building on Savile Row. With the capital’s most esteemed tailor now bringing traffic to the fledgling street, it was inevitable others would follow.
Today the bespoke service offered by the company extends beyond just suits and also includes blazers, sports jackets, shirts, top coats and overcoats. Everything is made unique for the customer, to their measurements, and in your choice from over 6,000 fabrics. Accessories are also available from belts to ties, to braces and cufflinks. Customers would be wise to visit their store for dinner jackets, or as the Americans call them, tuxedos, as they were the original inventors of the style as a result of a commission from Edward VII in 1865.
Henry Poole & Co has an international client base and were the first Savile Row tailors to enter the Japanese market in 1964. Today, they also make regular overseas visits to France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, and America. Famous names to have paid a visit to their cutters include Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Sir Winston Churchill, and Irving Berlin, not to mention the many members of royal families.
The company has also been making liveries since 1869, for which it had a Royal Warrant to HM Queen Victoria. This section of the business has had a revival with a dedicated section downstairs making uniforms for coachmen, footmen, chauffeurs, and the like.