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Advert for Sampson's, men's clothiers

Advert for Sampson's, men's clothiers

Printer: T Pettitt & Co

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: Evan.6415

Item number: 6415

Genre: Leaflet

Until the 1850s men’s suits were made to measure by bespoke tailors. This meant that they were very expensive. After the invention of the sewing machine and the introduction of mass-produced clothing, suits of a reasonable quality at a low price became available to more people. Stores like Sampsons sold off-the-peg suits in a range of sizes. The wealthy still had their suits tailormade as clothing was a symbol of affluence, an expensive suit implied that the wearer was an important member of society.

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