Member of the Week | Gieves & Hawkes
Headquartered at No.1 Savile Row, Gieves & Hawkes is the ultimate mens’ style destination and an internationally renowned bespoke tailor and menswear brand with stores around the UK and international distribution in China, Europe and the United States.
No.1 Savile Row itself has a legendary history: originally an aristocratic private home in the 18th century, The Royal Geographical Society moved in during the 19th century and became the epicentre of Victorian exploration and adventure. Hawkes moved in to the famous address in 1913 and the building has been well known to the most stylish and influential of men ever since.
The history of Gieves & Hawkes is in reality the story of two separate houses, which merged just 40 years ago. Established in 1784, Gieves became a celebrated supplier of the British Royal Navy and Hawkes, founded in 1771, of the British Army. Their most famous customers, Admiral Lord Nelson and Field Marshal The Duke of Wellington, were the two most important commanders in British history, whose great victories at Trafalgar in 1805 and Waterloo in 1815 against the French emperor Napoleon established Great Britain as a major maritime and land power and precipitated the growth of the British Empire during the rest of the 19th century. Both Gieves and Hawkes played their part in this enterprise through their service to the Royal Navy and the British Army.
Furthermore both companies have supplied no less than 10 generations of British Royalty, from King George III in 1809 up to the present day Queen Elizabeth II, her son the Prince of Wales and her grandsons, the Princes William and Harry.
The ultimate expression of mens’ style, bespoke tailoring is still handmade on the premises at No.1. Clients come from all over the world to be fitted for their orders, or come to see the Head Cutter at Bespoke Trunk Shows at The Mark Hotel in New York. Famous clients include David Beckham, Colin Firth, Daniel Craig, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Robbie Williams, Jonah Hill, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Andy Murray. Historic clients include: FM The Duke of Wellington, Admiral Lord Nelson, Sir Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and Ian Fleming.
The Gieves & Hawkes brand is infused with aristocratic, royal and political heritage and timeless style, which resonates internationally. The beating heart of this rich provenance is a commitment to handmade, bespoke tailoring and the associated craft and an unyielding commitment to quality. With many generations of venerable clients, Gieves & Hawkes is uniquely positioned to meet the strictest codes and rules of dressing from Black tie, White tie, morning dress or creating unique garments for Coronations and State Occasions. Just as important, a gentleman’s everyday wardrobe is taken care of with military precision and customary style.
Gieves & Hawkes is featured as part of the 2019 Walpole Book of British Luxury. To view a digital version of the book, please click here. To find out more about featuring in the 2020 edition, please click here or email email@example.com