Henry Poole

Robb Report Singapore - - The Bespoke Issue -

Flick through the weighty tomes found in the archive room at Num­ber 15 Sav­ile Row and you’ll find names as di­verse as Charles Dick­ens, Dr Liv­ing­stone, Buf­falo Bill, Win­ston Churchill and King Ed­ward VII (the lat­ter, in 1865, com­mis­sioned some evening­wear in dark blue silk – the mod­ern it­er­a­tion of which is the tuxedo).

With more than two cen­turies of be­spoke tai­lor­ing tra­di­tion to its name, Poole is now run by Si­mon Cundey, who is the sev­enth gen­er­a­tion of fam­ily own­ers (it was in­her­ited by the epony­mous founder’s cousin, Sa­muel Cundey, on the for­mer’s death in 1876). The founder had a healthy fix­a­tion with the pro­por­tions of the body, ac­cord­ing to Cundey, and this pri­or­ity still reigns supreme. “It’s about the bal­ance of the in­di­vid­ual’s height and build,” he says. “While fash­ion cur­rently has the waist but­ton an inch-and-a-half above the belly­but­ton, at Poole it is put right at the true waist po­si­tion. We also put the gorge line, which is where the top col­lar meets the lapel, higher up, which gives a real sense of el­e­va­tion to the wearer.”

Other clever in-house trick­ery in­volv­ing shoul­der seams, lapel widths and waist heights all con­spire to lend cus­tomers of all shapes and sizes an im­pe­ri­ous air. If a Sin­ga­pore ap­point­ment ap­peals, keep an eye on the house’s Our Vis­its page on its web­site. hen­ry­poole.com

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