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About Welsh & Jefferies

Our Story

History spanning over a century

Welsh and Jefferies opened in the early twentieth century on Eton High Street, and during the First World War, the company built a reputation as a formidable military tailor. The firm made uniforms for the officers of many regiments, such as the Rifle Brigade and the Coldstream Guards.

Famous for producing Winston Churchill's uniform in is early military years.

In 1999, Welsh and Jefferies acquired Lesley and Roberts who had established an impressive
clientele list of both diplomats and aristocrats.

In 1990, H.R.H. the Prince of Wales confirmed Welsh and Jefferies pedigree as a military tailor when he appointed the firm with his Royal Warrant as a sole military tailor

Present Day

Creating suits based off tradition

Welsh and Jefferies is a small but neat shop situated at number 20 Savile Row.
In January 2012 the business was taken over by James Cottrell who has been working at Welsh and Jefferies for several years and his partner Yingmei Quan.

​James Cottrell started his career in Kilgour at the age of 16. In the early 1980s, James left Kilgour for a position in Tommy Nutter&'s workshop which lasted 5 years. He then spent 18 years working at Henry Poole before accepting the position as head Cutter at Welsh and Jefferies.​

Yingmei Quan is a junior partner at Welsh and Jefferies. In 2011 she won the Golden Shears competition which enhanced her reputation as one of the better female cutters on Savile Row. She then started to attract her own female client base to the company and to this day it is ever-growing.

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