Denny of Southwold has a long and illustrious history and this year iscelebrating 170 yearsin business.
Founded by William Denny in 1851, the 22-year-old talented tailor started out (after completing a five-year apprenticeship), in a small, rented room above number 11 Market Place in the town. By 1920 Denny’s really was the place to go for clothes and boasted 26 tailors and three cutters. We even had our own football team!
Lyn Knights is the 5th generation continuing the family line to the present day. Over the years the company has made clothes for Lords and Ladies, authors, composers, painters, even royalty and a series of dusty, hand-written ledgers dating back to the beginning of the business are full of famous names. These include such eminent customers as George Orwell, Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, Alfred Munnings, Adrian Bell, Rennie Mackintosh and even made a pair of shorts for the King whilst he was staying in Southwold.
Denny of Southwold has a fascinating history and plenty of interesting artefacts but it has, of course, also kept up with the times. As one of Southwold's leading independents Lyn and manager Hazel do the buying and enjoy sourcing items from all over the world that are 'definitely different' from other retailers, travelling across the UK to various shows and other fashion events.
With such a wonderful history and heritage we also pride ourselves on the excellent customer service that our team of friendly, knowledgeable 'Denny Girls' give to all that visit.
Celebrating 170 years of excellence and looking forward to many more!