On the deceptively quiet but internationally renowned ‘golden mile’ Savile Row, Henry Poole carries the distinction of having started the long tradition of London bespoke tailoring. We go explore the workshop right beneath the showroom.
Still in family hands today, Simon Cundey (Henry Poole passed the firm onto his cousin Samuel Cundey, who has been succeeded by a further five generations) is right there on the shop floor, from taking measurements for pattern cutting, to doing final fittings. Clients can choose from over 6,000 cloths swatches, and typically go for the Henry Poole house style (a nipped waist, never too severe shoulder padding and high armholes.) Each client is matched with his own masterful tailor who will alter a suit down to the client´s most individual specification. The result: you can not only rest assured that the cut and fit will be tailored for you alone, but you can also be sure that no one else will be seen wearing anything quite like it. And with the Queen, and back in the day even Emperor Napoleon, trusting the exquisite hands of the tailors of number 15 Savile Row, you will want to follow suit.
For generations, clients throughout the world have experienced true bespoke tailoring in which Henry Poole prides itself. Each client has his own individual pattern, and all items are made on the premises at 15 Savile Row, London by our master craftspeople.
“Pooles,” as the house is fondly known, has been referred to as the founding tailor of Savile Row— a family-run business that started the long tradition of the custom-made, tailored Savile Row suit. The story of Henry Poole covers the past, the present and the future, from our historical tailoring bloodline, to our current bespoke process, to our apprenticeship programmes that inspire young entrants to the field and aims to continue the great tradition of English bespoke tailoring. Henry Poole has a long history of tailoring on Savile Row.
Famous clients: Charles Dickens, Dr Livingstone, Tsar Alexander II of Russia, Prince Otto von Bismarck, Buffalo Bill, Sir Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, J.P. Morgan, William Randolph Hearst.