Ede & Ravenscroft

Ede & Ravenscroft are the oldest tailors in London, established in 1689. They have two London premises, in Chancery Lane and Burlington Gardens, very close to the famous Savile Row. They make, sell and hire out legal gowns and wigs, clerical dress, civic and municipal robes, academic dress and other ceremonial and formal dress, and have shops in Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

The company's Chancery Lane building's window on Star Yard, close to the Royal Courts of Justice (note the judicial clothing)

The main (and historic) outlet and offices are at 93 Chancery Lane which, due to its proximity to the Inns of Court and the country's main civil and criminal law courts, is also the company's main outlet for legal dress.


The Royal Warrants currently held by the company. The coat of arms of the late HRH Prince Philipp refers to a warrant voided upon his death, which may be shown up to two years afterwards[1].

The company was founded in 1689 by William and Martha Shudall. The present name dates from 1902 and is a result of the inheriting of the business by Joseph Ede and then merging with wig-maker Ravenscroft.[2]

The company holds royal warrants as robemakers to Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales, and previously the Queen Mother. As the Queen Mother's warrants expired five years after her death in 2002, Ede & Ravenscroft currently hold three warrants.

In addition to clothing and robes, Ede & Ravenscroft often supply photography at ceremonial events such as graduations and as tailor to the Bullingdon Club at the University of Oxford.


  1. ^ Harper, Pamela (10 April 2021). "Guidance Notes for Warrant Holders upon the Death of a Grantor" (PDF). Royal Warrant Holders Association.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ The Times 4 June 2011 (Magazine p 63)

Further readingEdit

  • Campbell, Una (1989). Robes of the Realm: 300 Years of Ceremonial Dress. Ede and Ravenscroft. ISBN 0948397616.
  • Woodcock, Thomas (2003). Legal Habits: a Brief Sartorial History of Wig, Robe, and Gown. Good Books. ISBN 0946555567.

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Coordinates: 51°30′56″N 0°06′43″W / 51.5155°N 0.1119°W / 51.5155; -0.1119