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"When I came into the trade, I learnt very quickly that a Savile Row suit whispers to you, it never screams... For the ceremonial garments, I always say that half of the job is knowing why you are making what you are making, and why it's important to maintain standards, the other is executing… What I produce today is made to the same standard as in the 1920s and is of much the same cut."

Keith Levett is a director at Henry Poole & Co, and the only dedicated livery tailor on London’s Savile Row. He learned to sew from his grandmother, and joined Poole’s as an apprentice at 17. Today, his complex gold braid and traditional decorative designs for coats and waistcoats can require as many as 32,500 handmade stitches.

Keith Levett
Ceremonial and livery tailor
www.henrypoole.com

Criteria for excellence

Tradition

"When I came into the trade, I learnt very quickly that a Savile Row suit whispers to you, it never screams... For the ceremonial garments, I always say that half of the job is knowing why you are making what you are making, and why it's important to maintain standards, the other is executing… What I produce today is made to the same standard as in the 1920s and is of much the same cut."

Keith Levett is a director at Henry Poole & Co, and the only dedicated livery tailor on London’s Savile Row. He learned to sew from his grandmother, and joined Poole’s as an apprentice at 17. Today, his complex gold braid and traditional decorative designs for coats and waistcoats can require as many as 32,500 handmade stitches.

Keith Levett
Ceremonial and livery tailor
www.henrypoole.com