The Reiss story began in 1971, Bishopsgate, London, when David Reiss opened his first store selling men’s suits. With more stores opening throughout the 80s and 90s, Reiss steadily grew into a successful UK menswear business renowned for excellent tailoring.
With stores spanning the country, it was in September 2000 that Reiss moved into womenswear for the very first time, and stepped into its stride as an aspirational brand appealing to both men and women. Alongside this important milestone was the launch of our Market Place store in London, which became our new 7000sqft flagship.
By 2005, Reiss was well-established in the UK, and in March of that year a 5000sqft flagship store was opened on West Broadway, New York, followed later that year by its first franchised store in Dubai.
In 2007 Reiss launched its fully-transactional UK website and opened flagship stores in both Los Angeles and Barrett Street, London. Located on North Robertson Boulevard, the 12,000sqft L.A. store provided the States with a Reiss on the West coast of the country. While Barrett Street in London, our most iconic store to date, soon became our head office and atelier standing proudly in the heart of London’s west end.
With many more UK and international stores opening during this time, it was in 2010 that Reiss saw a distinct move towards a more luxury approach with its UK Personal Tailoring service launching in flagship stores. 2010 also saw Kate Middleton wear Reiss for one of her official engagement portraits, sending the brand to stratospheric new heights.
With yet more worldwide openings in 2011 and Kate (now the Duchess of Cambridge) choosing to wear Reiss again, the Reiss story continues…