Ede and Ravenscroft is the oldest tailor in London and one of the most recognized names in bespoke suits and custom tailored clothing around the world. The legendary firm was founded in 1689 and for more than 321 years has provided remarkable service to royalty, politicians, tycoons, financiers, academics, scholars, attorneys, judges, and bankers.
That fine tradition continues to the present day. Ede and Ravenscroft is responsible for making tailored bespoke clothing for the Queen of England, her husband, Prince Philip, her son, Charles, the Prince of Wales, and prior to her death, her mother, the Queen Mother. The company has a handful of boutique shops, located in Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and London.
Thousands of Patterns, Countless Bespoke Options
Ede and Ravenscroft has thousands of different fabric patterns available from which clients can choose to have their garments constructed with weights ranging between 9 ounces and 15 ounces. Current price estimates for a two-piece bespoke suit are £1,800 including the value added tax, or VAT (typical range is £1,650 to £2,500). You can add a custom bespoke waistcoat for an additional £400.
A more affordable option is a made-to-order tailored suit taken from the rack and adjusted for your perfect fit. This costs roughly £595 to £1,100 including value added tax, or an average of £750 and can have a waistcoat added for £225.
The typical time required for a custom bespoke suit from Ede and Ravenscroft is six to eight weeks.
Ede and Ravenscroft Bespoke Dress Shirts
The Ede and Ravenscroft bespoke brand is not limited to suits and waistcoats. The venerable firm also provides an extensive range of custom tailored bespoke dress shirts based upon your own tastes and desires. These can be matched with custom ties, bow ties, handkerchiefs, and other accessories.
An off-the-rack dress shirt from Ede and Ravenscroft retails for anywhere from £69 to £125. A bespoke dress shirt will vary in price depending upon the material you select during your consultation with a master tailor.
Ede and Ravenscroft Product Lines
The Ede and Ravenscroft tailor shops carry and / or will create a wide array of merchandise for the well-dressed gentlemen who wants the very best in Savile Row tailoring. Specialty items such as hats and smoking jackets are made available to the same exacting standards as the flagship suits. The tailor even sells rare and highly acclaimed G.J. Cleverley shoes.
Here are some of the items you can find at a Ede and Ravenscroft retail store:
- Bespoke suits
- Bespoke waistcoats
- Bow ties
- Dress shirts
- Pocket Squares
- Suspenders / Braces
- Dress Scarves
- Specialty garments for academic ceremonies (gowns, etc.) and weddings
- Smoking jackets
The variety is practically endless. In waistcoats alone, one could choose not only the fabric and fit, but single or double breasted and with or without lapels.
(Interesting story: According to Ede and Ravenscroft, the waistcoat was introduced by King Charles as part of the correct dress. In 1666, Samuel Pepys commented on it, “the King hath yesterday in council declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes which he will never alter. It will be a vest, I know not well how”. More than 350 years later, it is now a standard part of formal attire, especially at weddings.)