The Godfather and the Gong
Riddle adds its congratulations to Angus Cundey, Chairman of Henry Poole for his award of an MBE for services to tailoring
Article by Rupert Watkins
Having worked on Savile Row for 58 years, Henry Poole Chairman and affectionately known “Godfather of the Row” Angus Cundey has been awarded a MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Given for services to tailoring it is an award that recognises Angus’ work in maintaining and defending the traditions and standards of the Row.
Taught to sew at Lanvin in Paris in the mid-1950s, Angus joined the family firm of Henry Poole as a sixth generation tailor in 1957. Since then, he has been an active in the Bespoke Tailors Benevolent Association, a charity which supports tailors in financial need (last year it has supported over 60 beneficiaries) and is also a founder member of Savile Row Bespoke – the forum founded to protect and nurture the art of pure bespoke tailoring. Now 78, he still works part time at Poole’s premises.