Benson & Clegg was established in September 1937 by Messrs Harry Benson and Thomas Clegg at its original premises of 34 Bury Street SW1. Between the two of them they had nearly thirty years cutting experience at Hawes & Curtis and decided the time was right for them to branch out on their own to bring their own unique style of tailoring to customers. Many customers came from the worlds of film, stage, politics, literature, and even several members of the Royal Family.
Jermyn Street: Benson and Clegg
Perhap’s the most famous customer in the Benson & Clegg ledgers has to have been His Royal Highness King George VI. Having been a customer since the founding of the company in 1937, Benson & Clegg was formally granted the honour of a Royal Warrant to King George VI as his official tailors in 1944, entitling the company to display his coat of arms. This was a crowning achievement for the firm, and an esteemed honour that is still held in high regard to this day. In being given this honour, Benson & Clegg were responsible for the creation of the King’s formal attire, including his suits, morning dress, as well as a large proportion of his military uniform. In fact their tailors were responsible for the King’s famous double created overcoat, often seen in many historical photographs.
During his reign King George VI epitomised British sartorial style and sophistication, and his suits were admired both at home and abroad. His clothing represented the best in British tailoring, a tradition they have continued to this day.
It was in 1976 that Benson & Clegg moved to its historic premises in the Piccadilly Arcade on London’s famous Jermyn Street, an area synonymous with gentleman’s fashion and style. From these premises Benson & Clegg has grown to become one of London’s most well known and respected providers of true bespoke tailoring to the modern gentleman.
On the 1st January 1992 Benson & Clegg were granted a Royal Warrant to His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales, and now the company proudly displays the famous plumes for the supply of buttons and badges to Prince Charles’ Royal Household.
The Royal Warrant is a sign of exemplary craftmanship, quality and service. Royal Warrants continue to be a prestigious mark of recognition to those who are regular suppliers of goods and services to members of the Royal Family.
Benson and Clegg (9 Piccadilly Arcade, London, SW1Y 6NH)