Unfinished single-breasted men's jacket
The British tailors Henry Poole donated a diverse collection of bespoke suits to London College of Fashion's archives. First founded as a linen draper by James Poole in 1806 in Brunswick Square in London, this family business has arguably gone on to become Savile Row’s most famous institution. After his death, James Poole’s son, Henry Poole, inherited the family Business, and soon relocated it to Savile Row. This half-finished single breasted men’s jacket from 2009 has been selected from the London College of Fashion archives to represent the process of bespoke tailoring. It takes approximatively 70 hours to make a bespoke suit, from collating the client’s measurements to the construction of the paper pattern, followed by the creation of the bespoke pattern. Thus, the cut and the internal construction of a jacket are the backbone of the bespoke suit.