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Suit   * Mycroft Holmes

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On his first, slightly sinister appearance in A Study in Pink, the man we will come to know as Mycroft Holmes is wearing a Gieves and Hawkes tailored three piece suit. Defined by the distinctive rounded cut of the waistcoat, this suit formed part of the Autumn / Winter 2009 range from the company, but is sadly no longer available.

Gieves and Hawkes is one of the oldest bespoke tailoring companies in the world. Founded in 1771, the company is formed from the historic work of two tailors, Thomas Hawkes and James Watson Gieve. Hawkes was the first to come, opening his first tailoring shop in London in 1771, and much of his work was supplied to officers in the British Army. Over fifty years later, Gieve worked in the employment of a tailor in Portsmouth, who it is said fashioned the uniform that Lord Admiral Nelson died in during the Battle of Trafalgar. Gieve eventually opened his own business in 1887, named Gieves & Co. In 1974, Gieves Ltd - as it had become known - acquired Hawkes & Co and the freehold on their premises at No. 1 Saville Row in London, and the two companies merged.

Historically, the company holds a staggering list of past clients, including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson, former Presidents of the United States including Bill Clinton and George W Bush, and Diana, Princess of Wales and her sons William and Harry. Mycroft thus finds himself in apt company.