Just as the House is renowned for having created the world’s first Tuxedo in 1865 for the Prince of Wales, future Edward VII, so Henry Poole & Co has now created Savile Row’s first ever elegant mask to match and complement a gentleman’s suit.
The masks come in either a pleated or plain sports version. They’re made with robust coloured elastic and all are lined in breathable, cotton-based silica, which will never cause irritation to the skin or mouth area.
Pictured here are four samples, though masks can be made to order to match an existing suit or jacket. Pending the cloth’s availability, all that’s needed is the customer’s exclusive Henry Poole number in order to make a mask to match any jacket or suit. Looking ahead to the autumn, the House will be making masks in Harris tweeds and cashmere, still with the same soft silica mouth coverings. There are further plans to design beautiful, stylish evening masks from velvet or corded silk facing to match the Henry Poole bow tie and dinner jacket.
Sample One Plain sports mask in the Henry Poole Check, as worn by David Gandy.
Sample Two Pleated mask in Coutts 200 Double Pin Stripe 100’s worsted, an exclusive house special to celebrate Henry Poole & Co banking with Coutts for 200 years, with each stripe representing a century.
Sample Three Pleated mask in Seagrave worsted tweed, made exclusively for the Royal Automobile Club to celebrate Sir Henry Seagrave, the only holder of three records for Land, Sea and Air speeds.
Sample Four Mask in Churchill chalk stripe flannel. Winston Churchill first came to Henry Poole & Co at the tender age of 19 and remained loyal to the House for the rest of his life. To celebrate our prolific customer, Henry Poole created the Churchill chalk stripe flannel, resurrecting the Fox Brothers fabric that Henry Poole made into the suit that Churchill is seen wearing in the photograph below. The iconic photograph was taken on the Home Front near Hartlepool in July 1940.
Alongside masks, Henry Poole has also been making scrubs for the NHS, click here to read more.