We were lucky enough to be asked to go on a tour of the new refurbished No. 1 Savile Row, Gieves and Hawkes Historical Archive so we thought we would take the opportunity to share the pictures of some of the treasures they have there. Their long history of 450 years has allowed them to accumulate this amazing collection of pieces. The building itself is also very striking as the former home of Lord Fairfax, the Duke of Devonshire and then the Royal Geographic Society. Part of their renovations was to bring the splendid Map room a the heart of the building, originally installed by the Royal Geographic Society, back to its former glory. It is through the impressive balcony in the Map room that the archive is accessed.
Above: detail from uniform jacket with its aiguillette, an ornamental braided cord.
Cuff details with Gold lace and belt on display
Inspecting some of the jackets from the archive, this one with original aiguillette.
Tiny Cut-work bird and crown emblem with gold lace
These cutwork cuffs would have been gold when they were new, but over time, they become discoloured and settle at the shade they are now.
Embroidered Epaulette, also discoloured by time with a glimpse of the attached aiguillette bottom left.