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The Famous 1886 - Menswear


Apologies for the inconvenience but The Famous 1886 is currently undergoing a revamp and restructuring of it's product catalogue and offer. If you are looking for something specific please do not hesitate to contact me on 01242 513778 or email

I have launched The Famous 1886 to continue my family heritage derived from The Famous of Cheltenham, founded in 1886 and in my family until early 2013. As the great grandson of A.N. Cole I aim to keep alive the ethos of service, quality and choice and to continue that heritage with the simple aim of unrivalled service for my customers.

I am dedicated to bringing you the highest quality menswear, personally selected based on my 15 years experience. I am passionate about delivering real choice and wardrobe essentials from brands I trust - that you can trust. Quality that lasts, names with history.

I am particularly proud of carefully selecting a range of products made in Britain using British materials: including knitwear from Hawick, socks from Leicestershire & Derbyshire and shoes from Northamptonshire. In addition I have selected ranges from some of Europe's leading brands including shirts by Seidensticker, Europe's largest shirtmaker and trousers from leading specialist Meyer

I offer free shipping and returns - or hand delivery in Cheltenham. You can visit me in person, telephone me for advice or help finding the right size style or colour (if you don't see it online I will do my best to get it). I have designed this site with you, the customer, in mind and to be a pleasure to use but do let me know what you think - and stay in touch with new products and services by signing up for occasional emails.

I am also launching The Famous 1886 tailoring service. I have sourced personal tailoring and off the peg tailoring from Magee 1866, an Irish family owned brand and manufacturer who still weave some of their own cloths. Market leading tailoring from a true heritage brand. Please visit the tailoring page for more information on this exciting service

Richard Cole



"Hello Richard,I should have mailed you earlier to say I am delighted with the shirt and will pop in soon to order more" Mr J.H in reference to Seidensticker shirts

"Mr Cole,The coat arrived today. Beautiful tweed fabric and color. Much thanks for your invaluable assistance. Holiday greetings" Mr J.W, Virginia, USA in reference to a Magee overcoat 

"Dear Mr Cole, Pleased to say the trousers arrived this morning and they fit nicely and are great quality. They were to replace a pair of Magee’s which I purchased in your fathers shop some 14 year's ago" Mr R.S with an endorsement of both Meyer (which he bought) and Magee trousers

"I bought the Sowerby Cheltenham brogue boots from The Famous a few weeks ago and not only are they incredibly well made, they are also extremely comfortable and I have had many comments on how good they look. I would highly recommend the service I received when buying these boots too" Mr A.B about his Sowerby Boots