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Billings & Edmonds was established towards the close of the 19th Century with financial backing provided by the Directors of Ayres & Smith, Hatters, of Lexington Street, London W1. The oldest set of financial records in the Company's archives is a Balance Sheet dated 31st January 1899 - so we know we were trading in 1898 and take that as the year we were established.

Early records show Billings & Edmonds trading from Princes Street, off Hanover Square. An address equidistant from Savile Row and Regent Street - the Knightsbridge of its day - to attract gentlemen requiring the services of a high quality bespoke tailor as well as parents purchasing children’s formal wear and school outfits

By the 1920's catalogues produced by the Company show us offering uniform requirements not just for Eton College and Harrow School but also Stowe, Oundle, Rugby, Lancing and several others.

Over the past thirty years, the Company has consolidated its retail operations to Eton, Harrow on the Hill and Chiswick. Currently the Company is the official outfitter to over fifty schools, including many prominent girls schools, including Heathfield School.

Mr. Colin Edmonds is still associated with the Company, and is the fourth generation to work for Billings & Edmonds, with over 40 years of experience to call upon.