Samuel Henry Howard Cundey and the Henry Poole Special Burgundy Tie


Sam Cundey was born in 1905 and joined Henry Poole & Co in 1924, starting his life in tailoring at the Company’s Paris branch in the Rue Tronchet.  He had to return to London at the tender age of 22 upon the premature death of his father, Howard Cundey, in 1927.

Sam had a challenging career in Henry Poole, having to weather the Great Depression of 1930, (the company still made profit), World War II and the sad demolition of the wonderful premises of Savile Row in 1961.  However, Sam’s years with the company were always fulfilling; welcoming an array of illustrious customers through Henry Poole’s doors during his 50 years there.  Crown Prince Hirohito of Japan, Haile Selassie I, Charles de Gaulle and Thomas John Watson Senior (the founder of IBM) were all loyal customers during Sam’s career.  Sam retired in 1975.

In the 1950’s, Sam found customers selecting fancy worsted cloth and requesting a suitable necktie to match their new suit.  Sam blended black into red silk and the Henry Poole Special Red Tie was introduced – it has remained popular with clients ever since.

Originally an intricate weave design using black and red base colours, we have developed Sam Cundey’s Henry Poole Special Burgundy Tie into a full range of colours, some with matching cufflinks. Please click here to view the collection.

Picture above left to right: Angus Howard Cundey, Samuel Henry Howard Cundey, Hugh Howard Cundey.