The Dinner Suit at Henry Poole
Gain insight into the craft of the dinner suit. See demonstrations of different processes from tailors Keith Levett and Tom Pendry alongside Henry Poole’s archives and pattern books.
A Henry Poole & Co suit is pure bespoke: measured, cut, fitted, sewn and finished entirely by hand in a process that involves three fittings and over 60 hours’ work. Levett demonstrates livery tailoring using techniques dating back more than two centuries, while Pendry shows the process of creating a paper pattern prior to cutting the cloth in preparation for making a suit.
Savile Row’s fame can be traced back to James Poole, who opened a linen drapers in Brunswick Square in 1806 and later made his headquarters at 4 Old Burlington Street. Upon James Poole’s death in 1846, his son Henry enlarged the premises with a new entrance opening onto the adjoining street of Savile Row, thus starting the long tradition of the Savile Row suit. By the early 1900s, Henry Poole was the largest establishment of its type in the world, employing 300 tailors and 14 cutters.
Two slots at 11:00 and 15:00