January 24, 2013

John Smedley, fashion and the British royal house

Maybe starting with Guerlain as the house cologne of Napoleon III, in 1868, or maybe even earlier, Europe’s royal houses have started the tradition of offering the royal supplier status, or of distinctions such as the Royal Warrant, to an elite of craftsmen noted for their talent and quality by the very aristocratic preferences of the first.

Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium all recognize distinction through such certifications, but it is the United Kingdom  that is by far the most prolific and dynamic land to be still likewise providing recommendations of high class producers.

John Smedley

John Smedley, famous from as early as 1784 for its woollen and cotton fabrics and clothing has last been included among the holders of a Royal Warrant, joining Burberry, Henry Poole & Co (Savile Row) Ltd and an array of other artisans, ranging from horseback riding equipment to antiques, but also, chosen by simple hazard…

hatters –  James Lock & Co Ltd

James Lock

boots makers – John Lobb Ltd

John Lobb

kilts makers – Kinloch Anderson Ltd

Kinloch Anderson

corsetieres Rigby & Peller

Rigby Peller

or men’s tailors – Wolsey Ltd.

Wolsey

 

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