Moss is the leading formal menswear specialist selling Men’s suits, shirts, coats, formal/casual jackets, ties, shoes and accessories including cufflinks, socks, underwear, umbrellas, and handkerchiefs. Moss has over 135 retail stores nationwide including 2 stores in Eire and an internet site. Moss has a strong heritage and expertise in formal menswear.
Moss Bros was established and founded in a quiet corner of London’s Covent Garden in 1851. Two small shops leased by Moses Moss formed the modest beginnings of a company with a name so familiar to many today.
Initially a dealer of quality second-hand clothes Moses could hardly have guessed the impact his enterprise would have on the future of menswear as he laid the foundations of the current Moss Bros Group.
In 1894 Moses Moss passed away leaving the business to two of his sons, Alfred & George. The two sons grew the business with some success, in 1897 the Moss Bros Hire service was born a fee of seven and sixpence (37.5p) per hire was agreed. From this modest one-man venture grew the renowned Moss Bros Hire service, which now operates in most Moss high streets in the country and hires out thousands of suits each week at the height of the season.
In the early 1900s the quality of George Moss’s skilled cutting and the combination of skilled Savile Row Tailors convinced customers that ready to wear was worth considering. Bespoke tailoring was becoming far too expensive & many ready to made garments were produced by machine while Moss Bros suits were still hand finished.
During World War One, in 1914 Moss Bros opened its very own military department, supplying uniforms to the military in vast numbers, newly commissioned officers descended on Moss King St for their uniforms. A few years later Moss Bros extended their portfolio & displayed flair & an appetite for innovation by introducing a saddlery department.
In 1924 King George insisted the new Labour Government dressed correctly at court, Moss soon kitted out the party by suggestion of the Kings private secretary. A proud moment for Moss Bros.
1939 saw Moss Bros opening 5 new stores in Manchester, Edinburgh, York, Bristol & Portsmouth keeping the naval business in mind. The year 1947 saw Moss Bros becoming a public company with the Moss family maintaining a controlling interest, in the same year Moss Bros opened a women’s department specialising in bridal wear, bridesmaid dresses, evening dresses, gloves, handbags and even mink coats.
The 'swinging 60s' produced steady growth, with Harry Moss at the helm, and within another decade Moss Bros had grown to no fewer than 100 stores nationwide.
The 80s witnessed some dramatic changes. In 1982 Moss Bros acquired the cloth and clothing company, Fairdale. Five years later Moss Bros founded The Suit Company, a chain of shops specialising in suits and accessories. A major decision taken in 1988 had a profound effect on the company and laid the foundations for today's Moss Bros Group.
Moss Bros merged with Cecil Gee, which brought with it such prestigious names as Beale & Inman in New Bond Street and Savoy Taylors Guild, with its flagship store right next to the Savoy Hotel in London's Strand. Rowland Gee, whose father founded and named the Cecil Gee chain, became Managing Director of the newly formed Moss Bros Group.
While paying homage to the past, Moss Bros continued to plan for a successful and prosperous future. More acquisitions followed, beginning with Dormie in 1992 and then the Blazer chain of shops from Storehouse in 1996. Franchise agreements with Hugo Boss and the world famous Italian designer brand Canali allowed the Group to operate stand-alone stores in this country. Moss Bros Hire opened its first hire concession on Cunard's QE2 cruise liner in 2003. Outfits to hire or to buy were on offer while the shop travelled the world. The Group also announced a partnership with Ascot Racecourse Limited to produce the Royal Ascot Collection, formalwear for those extra special occasions. Moss Direct, the first internet and mail-order division was launched in August 2005.
Moss Bros Hire opened its first hire concession on Cunard's QE2 cruise liner in 2003. Outfits to hire or to buy were on offer while the shop travelled the world. The Group also announced a partnership with Ascot Racecourse Limited to produce the Royal Ascot Collection, formalwear for those extra special occasions. Moss Direct, the first internet and mail-order division was launched in August 2005.
Moss Bros today holds the license for some of the most fashion forward brands, exclusive ranges are now developed by Moss Bros under the French Connection brand, luxurious brands such as Calvin Klein, Ted Baker, Canali, Zegna and Cerruti remain Moss Bros best sellers online and in store.
In 2009 - Moss online launched
In 2010 - Moss Bros have also introduced some cutting edge house brands. Ventuno 21 has Italian catwalk influences and has been designed with fashion intelligence for the younger gentleman wanting a slim fit and high end fashionable look. The Blazer brand has been developed into a performance range offering non iron shirts, high performance suits designed with technical innovation including crease recovery & stain repellence, all being offered in a tailored fit. The Dehavilland brand was introduced for the professional man who doesn’t always need a suit, washable/easy care for every day work wear designed for business and comfort.
In 2011 - Moss launches free returns by collect+ in the UK for all online purchases. Collect+ has over 5,00 local and neighbourhood stores where customers can drop off their returned items conveniently from early to late, 7 days per week and for FREE. Moss starts the commencement of a refurbishment of its UK store base.
In 2012 – Regent Street flagship store is refurbished and relaunched in May 2012
Moss with over 160 years of British heritage and tailoring expertise Moss Bros have launched a new brand for AW12 under the label of Moss1851. The collection encompass suits, jackets and coats.
The Moss 1851 collection sources cloths from the choice international mills to create a range of suits that embody the essence of traditional British elegance. The block has been developed by taking the best in class attributes and styling from the company archives and contrasting them with bright linings for an injection of newness that defines a signature detail of the collection. Super fine suit fabrics come in birds eye, sharkskin and herringbone weaves.
Moss launches click and collect to all its stores nationwide so that customer purchases online can be conveniemtly collected instore.