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Celebrating the start of a beautiful marriage

Posted on by Elliot Rowland

Celebrating the start of a beautiful marriage

They say a tailor must be married to his work, but 40 years together suggests that Mr and Mrs Rowland have found their own perfect house style.

Last June, both family and friends of Redwood and Feller joined to celebrate the Ruby wedding anniversary of head cutter since 1974, Edward Rowland and his beautiful wife at the St. Paul’s Grange Hotel.

View of St. Paul's Cathedral from The St. Paul's Grange Hotel

As you can imagine, immaculate white dinner suits were not in short supply as the guests celebrated well into the night. The perfect setting for a wonderful occasion.

Edward’s son, and fellow head cutter at R&F, Elliott was no exception, sporting a beautiful, traditional white dinner jacket and black bow tie.

This particular style has been a favourite at esteemed occasions ever since it first started to gain popularity back in 1930’s America as an alternative to the heavier darker suits worn for black tie events.

Evolved from the much shorter Mess suit, the white dinner jacket was originally worn during the warmer seasons in places such as the Hamptons, or in warmer climates such as Cannes. Typically cut from white or cream tropical worsted, the piece could be worn with a variation of lapels from peaked to shawl - both double-breasted and single breasted – normally with a black cummerbund.

By the early 1940’s, the white dinner jacket had made it into the mainstream, forever immortalised back in 1942 when Humphrey Bogart’s lead character Rick moved across the screen with effortless cool in the classic film Casablanca,

The white dinner jacket - forever immortalised by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

22 years later, in 1964’s Goldfinger, Sean Connery’s James Bond peeled himself out of his wet suit to reveal an immaculate white dinner suit complete with red carnation, giving birth to a replenished resurgence of this classic favourite.

Sean Connery's James Bond gives the white dinner jacket further credibility in 1964's Goldfinger

Just like Mr and Mrs Rowland’s devotion to each other – long may this classic slice of sartorial elegance last.