*Neuwertig – GIEVES & HAWKES, Tailors, Cap-Toe Brogue, Fiddle Vamp Oxford: 46-46.5D
GIEVES & HAWKES
#1 Savil Row, London
Cap-Toe Brogue, Fiddle Vamp Oxford
Gieves & Hawkes is a bespoke men’s tailor located at №1 Savil Row, London. Founded in 1771 it is one of the oldest bespoke tailoring firms in the world. Originally catering to the needs of the British Army and the Royal Navy, the firm became associated with the British Royal Family and holds all three main Royal Warrants, appointed to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.
Thomas Hawkes set up his first shop in 1771 in Brewer Street, later moving to Piccadilly in 1793, where he gained the first of many Royal Warrants in 1809. His main clients were commanders of the British Army, through which King George III became a customer. On 23 December 1912, Hawkes & Co. bought №1 Savile Row from the Royal Geographical Society for £38,000, in part because the firm had dressed so many explorers. In 1974, Gieves Ltd acquired Hawkes & Co., and the freehold of 1 Savile Row. The company was renamed Gieves & Hawkes in 2009,
Some historical notes: Among other innovations, the firm developed the distinctive Wolseley pattern Pith Helmet with its extended rear brim for better sun protection. It is still worn today by the Royal Marines as formal dress.
In 1935, a period uniform was made for actor Charles Laughton for his role as Captain Bligh in the film Mutiny on the Bounty. Interestingly, the antecedents of the firm had made uniforms for the original Captain Bligh.
Some more modern customers of Gieves & Hawkes have included the Duke of Cambridge, Diana, Princess of Wales, Charlie Chaplin, and Sean Connery.
2011 saw some major refurbrishment for the Savile Row flagship store, with new concessions including a bespoke shoemaking concession.
Size Details:US 12-12.5D......UK 11.5E......Continental 46-46.5D, for the medium width foot.
Appears to have been worn a few times only.