about us

Menswear Online is an exclusive retailer of luxury mens clothing. 

Our designer collections include GANT, Brioni, Canali, Versace, Oliver Sweeney, Tommy Hilfiger, Holland Esquire, Mulberry, Jeffery West, Armani and many more.

Great service has been our family tradition since 1898.

The Origins

 

Established in 1898, Arthur Bowden and Ernest Wright set up a tailors shop at number 10 Grand Parade Epsom Surrey.

Arthur Ernest and Co traded until 1903 when the partnership was dissolved and Arthur Bowden went on his own.

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httpswww.thegazette.co .ukLondonissue27602page6050data.pdf
Extract from The London Gazette 1903.

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Bowden 1898 history

The shop was renamed Bowden`s. It claimed to be the “best value in the world” as can be seen from this advertisement in the early 20th Century.

 

 

 

Arthur ran the business until the 1930s when Lester took over from his father

 

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Arthur Bowden 

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Lester was ambitious and successful. In 1931 he moved to a larger premises in 109, High Street Epsom and purchased the freehold to ensure the family’s long term trading future. 

Bowden 1898 history shop

Famous Customers

 

Over the years the Bowden family business proudly served many famous customers such as The Prince of Wales, The Sultan of Oman and Sir Winston Churchill.

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Next Generation

In the 1950s and 1960s two of Lester`s sons Warwick and Richard took over the running of the business. The two brothers worked hard together until 1990 to ensure the business went from strength to strength.

 

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More shops were added to the family business when Warwick’s sons York and Blake Bowden expanded by taking over local menswear shops Wakefields of Horsham and Weir Rhodes in Guildford. This was followed by the opening of Warwicks in Windsor.

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