The brand was founded in 1926, two years after Eric Kent and Dorothy Curwen first crossed paths on Savile Row. It was the start of a story full of idiosyncrasy and character, and it is fitting that this new chapter in the history of Kent & Curwen is beginning on the 90th anniversary of its inception.
Kent & Curwen first made its name with neck attire, supplying ties to venerable universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, the finest clubs in London, the country’s best schools, and British regiments throughout the Empire.
In 1932, Kent & Curwen purchased a knitwear factory in London to create the first ever cricket sweaters, a style that would solidify their reputation around the world. Since then, the Kent & Curwen cricket sweater crossed over from sport to become a global standard.
Eric Kent had an individuality of style that still inspires today. When designing ties, he would throw flowers on the atelier floor to find unexpected colour combinations. Kent flaunted conventional dress codes, fond of mixing sportswear with his formal suits. His friendships and influence went transatlantic, with Kent & Curwen dressing the Hollywood Cricket Club in the thirties, its members including Errol Flynn and Laurence Olivier.