I’ve had this suit for a while now, after inheriting it from my dear, departed grandfather. I’ve never really fitted it before, but on a whim tried it today and find I must be quite close to the height and weight he was when it was made for him back in 1945. It gives me an odd feeling of connection with my grandfather, and also what significance it had that the suit is dated 03/05/1945. In celebration of the ending of WW2? At the time my grandfather worked at the Jaguar car factory in Coventry and had spent the was on fireman duty there. He worked at Jaguar in the experimental dept. until into the 1970s.
While I can’t lay claim to knowing much of the history of the suit, it would appear to be a properly bespoke item, and Hector Powe certainly throws up hits on Google. Hector Powe of Regent Street, London, tailor to RAF pilots during WW2 and it appears to dapper gentlemen for at least 30 years onwards.
These last two images have been borrowed from another blog (The Serendipity Project), many thanks to them!
While I’m not totally sure I wear the jacket well, I think the trousers and waistcoat fit me properly. I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this again sometime soon!