Hepworths 1980s Black Ornate Trim Dinner Trouser Suit
First established by Joseph Hepworth in 1864, the fashion brand began life as Joseph Hepworth & Son, and operated with a staff of 272 from a factory based on Wellington Street, Leeds.
Having enjoyed success as retail suppliers, the firm took the bold step to sell directly to the British public, and so began a store rollout programme that ended up with eighty-one stores in almost as many cities across England and Wales.
Boasting uninterrupted status as one of the country’s leading menswear stores, the brand underwent a radical image transition in 1961, as it forged links with Hardy Amies, later opening stores under the name ‘The Hardy Amies Tailoring Shop’ within leading retail outlets including Debenhams, Woollands of Knightsbridge, Pauldens of Sheffield and Plummer Roddis of Southampton.
With the option to shop in store or by mail order, Hepworths continued to expand throughout the 1960s, until in the 1980s, Chairman and designer Terence Conran took the label into a new direction in 1981, with the acquisition of Kendall & Sons, whose speciality was womenswear.
Now sporting the name of ‘Next’, the company went on to launch ‘Next for Men’ in 1984, after which more stores, and a renewed popularity resulted in the demise of ‘Hepworths’ and the birth of the ‘Next’ fashion chain.
A classic black dinner suit with an ornate trim to the collared jacket and outside leg of the trousers, this unisex piece looks great on both guys and gals.
Fabric 100% polyester terylene | 100% viscose lining
Size No label present but would fit UK 12-14
Excellent (see condition chart)
Measured flat without stretching (please double for complete size)
Shoulder To Shoulder (across back) 17″
Bust (at widest point) 19″
Length (collar to hem) 29″
Sleeve Length (underarm to cuff) 17″
Sleeve Length (collar to cuff) 24″
Length (waist to hem) 43″
Inner Leg 32″
Mannequin is UK 8-10 | Bust 31.5″ | Waist 24″ | Hips 34.5″
The suit was not pinned for photography purposes