HOW IT ALL STARTED
Jacob Dege was a successful German journeyman tailor, who came to England in 1855 to seek his fortune. Attempts to reform the German taxation system and impose censorship had driven many of its citizens away. And, a number of those who left Germany chose to pursue a new life in England.
Ten years later, Jacob established his own business at 13 Conduit Street, London, W.1.
Jacob had a large family, business flourished and his three boys all went to Merchant Taylors’ School in Charterhouse Square. The elder two entered the business, but there was no place for Arthur in his family firm. So the youngest son, a good school friend of William George Skinner (Bill), whose family were tailors in Jermyn Street, decided to start their own business and called it ‘Arthur Dege & Skinner’.
And so from 1900, Arthur Dege & Skinner was trading from Grafton Street in central London.