Beaufort & Blake visits Albert Thurston
On a recent visit to an esteemed manufacturer based in Leicester, England, Beaufort & Blake took a journey back in time. In a factory with a workforce of less than 15 people, many of whom have been with the company for 20 years or more, Albert Thurston has produced the world’s finest braces and suspenders for over 175 years.
In 1820, five years before Nelsons Column was built, braces were first made and sold by Albert Thurston from his emporium at 27 Panton Street, Haymarket, London. Thirty one years later, in 1851, the nation celebrated the Victorian era, when the Great Exhibition was held in Hyde Park. Albert Thurston received an Honourable Mention for the excellent standard of their products. By now, Albert Thurston had become a by-word for quality in gentlemen’s accessories, and their braces were destined to be sported by kings, princes, presidents and Film Stars across the world over the next 2 centuries.
Into the twenty first century, Thurston's reputation for quality and style has continued to grow. In the last decade alone they have dressed the likes of Michael Douglas, Ralph Fiennes and Jonah Hill.
Among other UK suppliers, Beaufort & Blake source the finest silk woven in Macclesfied, Bow Ties from Birmingham and socks from Leicester. These companies – like Beaufort & Blake – have an outstanding reputation for quality but also for a unique ability to combine technology and modernity with tradition, for the finest and most durable result possible. They have skills that have been acquired through centuries of combined experience, which are brought together to produce something very special…