Henry Poole & Co
What we love…
- With a list of royal warrants as long as your arm and over 100 years of tailoring under their measuring tape, Henry Poole is one of Savile Row's finest and most established tailors.
- Although Pools will create any cut your heart desires (that is after all the point of a bespoke suit) their most popular is the town suit, with a two button front, side slits, natural shoulders, semi firm body canvas giving shape in the waist. This jacket is paired with a one pleat trousers with plain bottoms.
- With over 5,000 patterns of worsted wool fabrics from Yorkshire, flannel from West of England and Cheviot, Shetland and Harris tweeds, choosing a fabric at Pools can take a bit of time. If you're going bespoke come prepared with an idea of what occasion you need your suit for. That way the fabric aficionados at Poole will be able to guide you to the right fabrics and cut that will no doubt make you look like a million bucks.
- Speaking of the staff, this is one Savile Row tailor that has youth on their side. About 1/3rd of the staff is under 30, and many of them are apprentices in the workshop creating the garments. So all you young men who think custom suits are only for old dudes and royalty, you couldn't be more wrong. Style is about feeling good in your clothes at whatever age, and nothing feels better than a bespoke suit.
- We'd like to brag for them and tell you who their famous clients are, but as owner Angus Cundey reminds us, "The golden rule of Savile Row is that we never divulge the names of living customers." Rest assure that there are only a handful of tailors who can boast a coveted Savile Row address, and Henry Poole & Co is one of them.
- Henry Poole & Co are credited with the invention of the tuxedo! The story goes that the Prince of Wales rocked a celestial blue dinner jacket in this style created by Poole in 1865. A year later the prince met an American by the name of James Potter, and his very lovely wife whom it was rumored that the Prince fancied. The two were invited to stay with the Prince and so Potter needed suitable attire for his royal visit. He trusted none other than Poole to create the perfect dinner jacket for his visit. Later upon returning to New York Potter made his way to the Tuxedo Club a popular New York hot spot. The dinner jacket was much loved and become the unofficial uniform for their fashionable and elite clientele. Thus the tuxedo was born.