Hawes & Curtis was founded by two accomplished outfitters, Ralph Hawes and George Frederick Curtis, who opened the first store at 24 Piccadilly Arcade in February 1913. From the beginning the heritage brand has been acclaimed by aristocracy and Hollywood's elite. Notable customers have included Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Lord Mountbatten, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire.


The Duke of Windsor (formerly known as the Prince of Wales until he abdicated) was perhaps Hawes & Curtis’ most famous client. In 1922 he placed his first order for lounge suits, blazers, flannels, linen shirts and handkerchiefs. Hawes & Curtis became the Duke’s shirt maker of choice and on the 5th of 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.



Due to huge international demand, Hawes & Curtis built an e-commerce enabled website.

The website offers a broad range of our best selling products to a global audience. Hawesandcurtis.co.uk has grown rapidly in a short space of time and Hawes & Curtis is committed to investing in online shopping.


With over 100 years of heritage, Hawes & Curtis has a distinguished British past and a promising international future.

Thanks to its rapid international expansion and prominent online presence, Hawes & Curtis is an internationally recognised brand attracting customers from around the world.

The ever increasing demand for quality shirts required that Hawes & Curtis expanded from a single shop in the Piccadilly Arcade in 1913 to a chain of more than 24 shops in the United Kingdom. Outside of the UK, the brand has stores in Cologne, Germany and Dubai and plans to expand worldwide. Hawes & Curtis recently launched a German and Australian website and will soon be launching an American website.

Hawes & Curtis has evolved from a traditional Jermyn Street shirt maker into a lifestyle brand. In addition to producing the finest shirts, Hawes & Curtis now offers premium menswear and womenswear ranges.