One from The Archive, continuing this week’s legal theme…
Ede & Ravenscroft
Ede & Ravenscroft (founded 1689) is justly famed the world over as outfitters to M’learned friends (the legal profession) and as gown makers to the royals since the 17th century (King William III and Queen Mary were crowned in Ede and Ravenscroft robes).
As such, they are not the usual candidates for our “Greats of The Row” series. In fact, their most famous premises lie, quite naturally, near their clientele over in Chancery Lane. And their “Savile Row” base isn’t even in The Row itself, but in Vigo Street, looking northeast along the word’s most famous tailoring thoroughfare. The Vigo Street shop wears a “full house” of Royal Warrants – HM Queen, HRH Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Prince of Wales – as lightly as a true war hero wears his medals: proud but free from braggadocio.
Which brings us to why we at The Hornet so admire Ede & Ravenscroft: the understated grandeur of their claim that “Ede and Ravenscroft is thought to be the oldest firm of tailors in the world.”
No rush to claim, “We were first”; no need to claim, “We are best”. They let quality speak for itself.
Very British, we like to think.
Here’s Episode One, Season two of The Storyteller, in which Bill Hornets has The Law on his mind…