The Quintessential British Suit

Britain is the undisputed home of the suit. Ever since our tailoring partners, Henry Poole & Co set up their business at 37 Savile Row, Mayfair, London in 1845 the street has been renowned across the world as the place to go for the finest bespoke suit.

Nowadays, the whole row and surrounding areas are full of the finest bespoke tailoring companies and the row is now a destination of many a sartorial pilgrimage.

The Origins of the Suit & The Dandy Beau Brummell

The origins of the suit date back to the 17th Century when tailors of the period produced court dress and more formal tails and matching trousers. However, during the Regency period, the dandy Beau Brummell changed the face of what we now know as the more conventional bespoke suit we are familiar with today. During these times men wore their suits with a frock coat as opposed to the new less formal morning suit.

Late 19th Century

During this period the bespoke suit was a must-have in the gentry and upper classes, however, it was something that everyone could aspire to owning. During the Edwardian era, the frock coat declined in popularity and we saw a steady rise in the new style lounge suit which is now the standard suit in the western world and beyond.

Modern Lounge Suit & 20th Century

During the 20th century and post-first world war, the rise in single-breasted and double-breasted lounge suits became the correct men’s attire of the day.

The modern lounge suit traces its origins to the simplified, sartorial standard of dress established by the English king Charles II in the 17th century. In 1666, the restored monarch Charles II, per the example of King Louis XIV’s court at Versailles, decreed that in the English Court men would wear a long coat, a waistcoat, a cravat, a wig, and knee-breeches, and a hat.

Many styles of suits have come and gone, and in that time the suits we know today have stood the test of time. Discover our collection of men’s suits here at Crofton & Hall.