Due to the popularity of our hand made masks we have decided to add three new editions in our house exclusive Hearst cloth, Seafield cloth and blue flannel.
Henry Poole rejuvenated the classic and exclusive Seafield design in 2013 using a Mid Grey 10oz Super 120’s and cashmere linked with a deep rich burgundy over check. The jacket is lined in a black/burgundy lining to complement the burgundy over check. Many people think the Prince of Wales design originates from Edward VII with his classic black and white check; the fact is that it dates further back to the 1800’s Glen check derived from the valley of Glenurquhart in Inverness-shire, Scotland. In 1840 Caroline Countess of Seafield adopted this pattern for the Seafield Estate. On visits to Castle Grant, the Seafield’s Estate at Grantham-on-Spey young Edward VII, a keen shooting enthusiast was attracted to this design and adapted it to his own specifications thus creating the famous black and white large Glen check which later became known as the Prince of Wales check. This was again modified and given even more fame by The Duke of Windsor by adding the coloured over the check.
One of our most popular house cloths is the William Randolph Hearst Jnr, so it was only correct that we added it to our mask collection. The 10oz blue/grey super 100s and cashmere chalk stripe cloth was inspired by a 1938 photograph of Hearst Jr posed in his office observed by his formidable father.
American publishing dynasty the Hearst Corporation shares over a century of history with Henry Poole & Co. Founder William Randolph Hearst placed his first order in 1888, a year after he took control of the San Francisco Examiner and revolutionised tabloid journalism with his sensational approach to news and entertainment. He proceeded to build the largest newspaper and magazine empire in the world and was American’s most influential media tycoon for the first half of the 20th century.
Hearst will forever be remembered as the Svengali who built the palatial Hearst Castle (San Simeon) for his life-long mistress the movie queen Marion Davis. The couple were immortalised in Orson Welles’s 1941 film Citizen Cane. When Hearst died in 1951 he was succeeded as editor-in-chief of Hearst Newspapers by his second son William Randolph Hearst Jr. Hearst Jr had risen through the ranks working alongside legendary journalists and writers such as Damon Runyan and Walter Winchell. In World War II he served as a war correspondent in Europe and North Africa.
Like his father, Hearst Jr was a messianic anti-communist campaigner and in 1955 his interview with Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev won the Pulitzer Prize. As an homage to both father and son, Henry Poole & Co has asked British mill Bower Roebuck to weave the now very popular cloth.
Finally, the pleated blue 10/11oz West of England house flannel is a popular cloth this time of year and joins the other flannel mask in the collection which is grey.
All masks are made with robust coloured elastic and all are lined in breathable, cotton-based silica, which will never cause irritation to the skin or mouth area.
Can be washed at 30°C on a delicate cycle.
Orders are being despatched 10 working days from order date.
Please note the masks are non surgical.