In February 1913, two talented outfitters, Ralph Hawes and George Frederick Curtis, opened their first store at 24 Piccadilly Arcade in London. From the beginning, Hawes & Curtis became known for its high quality clothing, expert tailoring and innovative yet classic style. Over the years, many well-known icons of style frequented Hawes & Curtis including the Duke of Windsor, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and Lord Mountbatten.


The Duke of Windsor (formerly the Prince of Wales) was one of the best-known clients of Hawes & Curtis. His first order was placed in 1922, consisting of linen shirts, handkerchiefs, lounge suits, blazers and flannels. Hawes & Curtis quickly became the Duke’s shirt maker of choice, and in December 1922 he granted ‘Hawes & Curtis Hosiers’ with its first Royal Warrant. Hawes & Curtis in turn created the famous spread collar, designed specifically to accommodate the Duke of Windsor’s ties and the knot he inspired – the Windsor. The Duke’s famous Windsor knot was achieved by having Hawes & Curtis put a thick interlining in his ties to make them denser.



In 2006 Hawes & Curtis launched its website, offering entire collections to a global audience and bringing its signature British style to the world.


Today Hawes & Curtis is famous for its quintessentially British menswear and womenswear collections. With over 100 years of heritage, Hawes & Curtis has a distinguished British past and a promising international future. The brand has stores in Germany and Dubai and has recently launched a German and Australian website. Thanks to its rapid international expansion and prominent online presence, Hawes & Curtis is an internationally recognized brand attracting customers from around the world.