The Tuxedo or Smoking jacket as it is known in Europe and Brazil, was created one hundred years ago by Henry Poole; a visionary tailor capable of creating a Dinner jacket that has ruled strong for more than one hundred and fifty years symbolizing high society, class and elegance.
This is a jacket that was and somehow still is a social class definer with psychological impact, considering that during the depression days the Tuxedo was symbol of hope for better days as well as empowered women in the 60’s.
There are two different explanations for the dinner jacket designed by Henry Poole to be traditionally called “Tuxedo” in the United States; and the two versions have one thing in common. They all point to the men from The Tuxedo Park Club in New York, as the first ones in United States to wear the English creation.
So, the Tuxedo has traveled a long way from Henry Poole’s tailor shop in Savile Row to the world; throughout more than a century. Henry Poole never saw his design cross the Atlantic and be “baptized” with as Tuxedo; he died in 1876 leaving behind a powerful and well respected business to be run by his cousin Samuel Cundey.
Today Henry Poole & Co is still a family owned business maintained by Angus Cundey and his son Simon, on the same street that Henry Poole once designed a jacket inspired by his love for tailoring and desire to produce nothing less than the best.
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