Gieves and Hawkes has maintained its reputation and popularity as one of England's finest, manufacturers since 1785. DR Livingstone, Winston Churchill and Michael Jackson have all used the services of Gieves and Hawkes. Founded in 1785, Gieves and Hawkes' history stems largely from its uniform and ceremonial dress for the armed services and successive Royal households. Today, this craftsmanship is available throughout the world. The summer 1993 collection captures the English fascination with water. Water in all its forms, and the history of dress and traditions which surround it, have provided Gieves and Hawkes with the inspiration for this collection. The boating season range offers a selection of suits and jackets in luxury lightweight wools and wool mixes, all created in classic English style. English hand-lasted shoes, silk ties, pure cotton shirts and a range of other accessories also are available for the international businessman. For leisure, the casual wear collection expresses the boating theme in a blaze of colours and designs. Bright stripes reflecting the colours of oarsmen at events such as Henley Royal Regatta appear in jersey and polo shirts. Sweaters in coarse cotton fibre offer traditional aran patterns usually found only in wool, plus a range of art deco designs drawn from the 1930s, featuring water sports and water movement. Blousons and belted jackets, with fine peach skin finish on a new micro-fibre, plus shorts and casual trousers, complete the boating season.