History of Suiting

The modern men’s suit which exists today was made possible by a fashion journey starting from over 400 years ago. Originally a traditional attire for formal occasions, matching jacket, pants and waistcoats have come and gone as the go-to outfit of style.

The “lounge” suit we know now became more prevalent in the late 19th century. It was made common by the English King Charles II but it originally appeared as early as the 17th century. A courtier would don a long coat, waistcoat or “petticoat”, cravat, wig and knee breeches with a hat to top it off.

A British man by the name of Beau Brummell influenced and shaped the direction of this popular style encouraging European men to wear well-tailored suiting and neckties. Likely inspired by French suiting, these garments were mainly worn by the upper classes, at least at first.