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Henry Poole & Co: The original Savile Row tailor

Henry Poole & Co, the original Savile Row tailor, celebrates 200 years’ support from Coutts.

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With clients including the Prince of Wales, King Edward III, Emperor Napoleon III, Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill, Henry Poole & Co has been at the summit of men’s tailoring for 200 years.

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And Coutts has been their indispensable partner since the company’s earliest days. Like us, they embody the importance of heritage, innovation, attention to detail and a focus on the customer.

It all started when a young, Shropshire-born James Poole ventured to London and worked as linen draper, before establishing himself as a tailor of military tunics for officers during the Napoleonic war. By the time of the Battle of Waterloo, James was the preeminent military tailor in London.

“Coutts has been an indispensable partner for Henry Poole & Co since the company’s earliest days.”
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Later, his son Henry put his own stamp on the company, channelling his charisma and passion for the worlds of racing and the aristocracy. He went on to become what we would recognise today as a ‘celebrity tailor’, at the heart of fashionable society. In 1846, he was the first tailor to establish a shop front on Savile Row – in fact the back entrance of his Burlington Street workshop – establishing it as the centre of men’s tailoring in London, if not the world.

As a bank known for backing entrepreneurial companies, and for forging long-lasting relationships with our clients, we are extremely proud to have maintained our long association with this iconic fashion brand.

A trusted partner could help your company thrive across the generations – to find out how Coutts Commercial can help you now and in the decades to come, speak to your private banker.


Key Takeaways

Coutts has been supporting entrepreneurial companies throughout its history. Today we celebrate 200 years as the indispensable partner of iconic men’s tailor Henry Poole & Co.