Gieves and Hawkes have seen a long line of famous faces dressed in its attire. These include famous adventurers and explorers such as Robert Falcon Scott (1868 – 1912) best known for his ill fated Terra Nova Expedition (1910 – 1913) to the South Pole which was reached on the 17th January 1912, only to find that they had been beaten in the race by the Norwegian expedition. Scott had followed a career as a Naval Officer in Victorian Britain and from our personal archives at No.1 Savile Row we hold an original copy of the letter sent by James W Gieve on February 14th 1913 to Mrs Scott conveying his deepest sympathy on Scott’s death. From the letter we can see that Gieves Ltd dressed Scott from the date of his passing out in 1881 until his death in 1912.
Another expedition pioneer from the 19th Century relating to No.1 Savile Row was the infamous Dr David Livingston (1813-1873) known in history as one of the most prominent explorers focusing on the discoveries of Southern Africa where he spent a considerable proportion of his life. He died in 1873 in North Western Rhodesia from Malaria. Britain wanted to give him a traditional burial ceremony but the tribe he grew close to would not part with his body and cut out his heart with a note on his body stating ‘you can have his body, but his heart belongs to Africa’. His remains were carried thousands of miles and returned to Britain where his body was held in No.1 Savile Row then known as the headquarters of the Royal Geographic Society. It was later moved and put to rest in Westminster Abbey.
Other great military heroes associated with Gieves and Hawkes are the Duke of Wellington (Arthur Wesley (1769 – 1852) who was famously renowned for the victorious battle of Waterloo and was twice British Prime Minister. Also Lord Admiral Nelson (1758 – 1805) who lead the Royal Navy to its supremacy victory over Napoleon and the French.
Today a brighter and younger Hollywood man has been born and taken a fashionable turn. We have been graced by many new stars charming the red carpet with our product and attracting a modern audience while still in keeping with our tradition, expertise and quintessential English style. Inspiration has been drawn from many iconic figures from past and present. Focussing on a new generation of younger, masculine modern men seeking to find their own sense of style. Looking towards their admirable icons to draw inspiration from and develop their own refined style.
Some of Hollywood’s greatest movie stars have worn our attire; Sean Connery, Michael Caine to name just two. Famous musicians such as Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams have been previously dressed by Gieves & Hawkes for global performances. Sporting personalities such as David Beckham have also followed in the footsteps of Royalty and other British icons. allowing Gieves & Hawkes to remain modern and relevant to the modern man.
Young royalty has played a central part in reigniting the country’s enthusiasm and pride in British manufacturing. It has encouraged a generation of young modern men to motivate themselves to secure a better future. The marriage of the hier to the throne has promoted an intrerest in traditional craftsmanship. Increasing the interest in military and bespoke tailoring. For those seeking artisan tailoring, Gieves & Hawkes continue to tailor for many Royal households as well as offer our customers traditional service with a modern collection.
We have not only designed and tailored for individual tastes and personalities but have also been involved with historical feature films with iconic styling and brand recognition.