A "Savile Row suit" is universally understood to be the best one can possibly get. There can be few other streets in the world that have become such a byword for excellence. Yet how did this come about? One tailor more than any other is responsible—Henry Poole & Company. Carefully researched and beautifully illustrated, Henry Poole chronicles the evolution of Savile Row as well as encompassing a social record of Britain's emergence to international prominence. Author Stephen Howarth cleverly interweaves the various threads of the Henry Poole story with people and events to make this a truly fascinating history. Through the doors of Henry Poole's shop and onto the pages of this book stride an impressive array of emperors and entrepreneurs, kings and courtesans, princes and politicians, crowned heads and cowboys, aristocrats and authors, gangsters and grand dukes, Hollywood stars, hoteliers, and war heroes—each bringing something special to this story.