Thresher & Glenny –
Questions and Answers
Why do I know that company name?
Thresher & Glenny has been tailors and outfitters for over three hundred years. Today’s business takes its name from Richard Thresher who took over the firm in 1780. Thresher & Glenny is also well known throughout the old commonwealth countries, as they are a key supplier of legal wear from Barristers’ wigs through to gowns, shirts, collars and cuffs. As recently as the 1990s it was a thriving and respected business among the City and legal worlds. Since then it has been serving the legal world quietly but efficiently and has a small and loyal following.
When was the company founded?
Thresher & Glenny can trace its origins to London in the Strand in 1696, during the reign of William III.
Is it still a family business?
It is still a private business, but not in the hands of the original family. The last family member was Henry John Glenny, who died in 1938.
Who owns the company today?
Mark Finch brought the firm in November 2006. Mark has worked in the clothing business all his life, running the family business in Yorkshire. He heard that Thresher & Glenny was for sale and wanted to restore the business to its former glory. Other business interests have kept him from addressing the Thresher & Glenny restoration until 2011.
How many staff are employed at the company?
Four, directly, with many others involved and with plans for that to grow.
What does the company hold the Royal Warrant for?
Thresher & Glenny were first issued with a Royal Warrant in 1783 by King George III. Since then every succeeding Monarch has renewed the Royal Warrant for their households. The current Royal Warrant ‘Shirtmakers to HM The Queen’ is believed to be one of the longest surviving Royal Warrants held by any private trader.
Have there been any famous customers over the years?
In addition to the Royal Family, famous customers have included Horatio Lord Nelson, Doctor Livingstone, Garibaldi, H.M. Stanley, Buffalo Bill, President Roosevelt, Baden Powell, Fred Perry, Pashas of Egypt, Viceroys of India, Emperors of Japan.
Who are today’s target customers?
Professional gentlemen who recognise and require a combination of English tradition, quality, service and value – and those who either influence them or buy for them.
Where is Thresher & Glenny based?
The shop can be found through a small pedestrian gate off the Strand at 1 Middle Temple Lane, London, EC4Y 9AA; the website is www.thresherandglenny.com and on Twitter @MRThresher. The head office is in West Yorkshire.
Has the company always been based in Middle Temple?
No, it has been at various sites all over Central London. For two centuries and until the 1930s, the main shop was in the Strand. There have also been shops in the City of London, the Haymarket, Conduit Street and on Savile Row.
Where does the Peacock come from?
The bodice maker’s shop (opened 1683) was described in 1696 as being situated ‘at the sign of the golden peacock’ next to Somerset House in the Strand. It is thought that the peacock refers to The Golden Peacock, an ancient inn that had formerly been on the site.
Who do you see as your competitors?
Thresher & Glenny see themselves as filling the gap between Savile Row and the top end of the high street, providing fine quality, style and service at the best possible prices – in line with a 300-year-old philosophy.
What is the company’s main point of difference?
The company’s main point of difference is the way in which its key founders – and Mr Clemdan – put their stamp on how the business is run today.
from £2,400.00 (inc VAT)
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from £750.00 (inc VAT)
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from £595.00 (inc VAT)
Please always check that comparative price also are VAT inclusive.
Made to measure and made to order lead times can be reduced to 2-3 weeks for a premium.
Why does it take so long to make a bespoke suit?
Made to measure suits can be ready in as little as a month to six weeks however a bespoke suit involves a number of fittings and a lot more handwork and can take from eight to twelve weeks from first fitting and cloth selection to completion.
Where are the bespoke, made to order and made to measure items actually made?
Thresher & Glenny has always had classic English standards and style as its benchmarks. These days, whilst the style remains quintessentially English, we find the balance between quality and price best served by a number of overseas suppliers. For full bespoke suits and shirts all garments are made in Britain.
Made to order, made to measure and ready for service suits are made in Portugal and the Czech Republic.
Where are the shirts made?
Thresher & Glenny source their shirts from a number of outstanding suppliers from all over the world. Bespoke, made to order and made to measure shirts are mostly made in England.
How long does it take to have a shirt made from start to finish?
About four to six weeks.
How much does it cost to have shirt made?
Fine Egyptian cotton made to measure shirts costs about £175.
Why is it so expensive to have a suit or shirt made?
A large part of the cost is in the quality of the material: we hold the view that it is only worth having clothes made for you if you choose excellent cloth. The other significant factor is the time and manpower involved in the process.