Sporting and Military
From elegant sporting tweed to the dress uniforms for many of the British Army’s most prestigious Regiments, Dege & Skinner recently celebrated 150 years of the finest tailoring
Walking into the intimate and comfortable interior of Dege & Skinner you are immediately confronted with the two very different but equally cherished parts of this firm. Mess dress from Regiments such as the Light Dragoons or Kings Royal Hussars sits alongside sleek and elegant sporting and city suits.
Founded in 1865, the firm is still family owned with Managing Director William Skinner the third successive generation of the family to remain closely involved with the tailoring house. Its house style remains subtly influenced by the military work and lineage Dege has with a very waisted, sleek coat with high cut armholes having a distinct Army Service Dress edge to it.
The firm still regularly travels to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to equip officer cadets with the uniforms of their future Regiments and remains the approved tailor to the Household Division, line cavalry and the Rifles amongst others. All of Dege’s cutters are trained to make uniforms and there are four seamstresses who specialize in the unique world of gold thread and chainmail epaulettes.
Dege has a strong sporting pedigree with their registered trademark Phitwell Shooting coat being widely seen as a seminal and admired piece for the gentleman’s wardrobe. The house – as well as being a founder member of Savile Row Bespoke – invests much time in training and nurturing the future talent of the Row and the firm has achieved consistent success in the Merchant Taylors’ Golden Shears Awards for the top young talent in British tailoring.
Maintaining its equestrian links, the house has donated a riding jacket at the Burghley Horse Trials to the highest placed British competitor under the age of 25 since 1964. Past recipients have included Zara Phillips. Women are by no means overlooked as Dege also offers bespoke country and city tailoring – including blouses. The firm also maintains its Royal Warrant as tailors to The Queen; indeed current Chairman Michael Skinner is a past president of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.