Mrs Rigby & Mrs Peller established Rigby & Peller, famous for the quality of its bespoke made-to-measure corsetry and lingerie, in 1939. In 1960, the Royal Warrant was granted to Rigby & Peller by HM The Queen and in 1982, June Kenton became Grantee of the Royal Warrant as Corsetiere to HM The Queen. In 1993, June Kenton became Grantee of the Royal Warrant of Corsetiere to the late HRH Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Today, women of all shapes, sizes and ages visit their stores to be carefully fitted, especially for one of the most important items in a woman’s wardrobe – a brassiere or bra (it is said by experts that up to 85% of women wear ill fitting and often physically detrimental bras).
From the very beginning, Rigby & Peller’s beautifully made lingerie was expertly fitted for their customers. These ranged from Royalty and the affluent fashionable society of the day to the stars of the stage, radio and film.
When June Kenton became the new proprietor of Rigby & Peller in 1980, she was conscious that the company’s image required a much-needed overhaul.
Despite the company having a deservedly excellent reputation built up over the years, it had an old-fashioned, stuffy image and as a brand it was lacking much visibility. The stuffy image was soon swept away.
Rigby & Peller moved to a new specially designed shop in fashionable Knightsbridge, London adjacent to the famous department store Harrods. Instantly the shop was a success, frequented by the elegant and affluent of the area and international visitors alike – and there began the brands renaissance.
The company had built its current standing on supplying handmade bras to women of every shape and size, together with its reknowned practical and discreet expert customer service. By the 1990s, the old-fashioned concept of being ‘measured and fitted’ for a bra had made a comeback and this, together with the dedicated experience of the sales staff, guaranteed the company’s success.
In 1988, the company launched its own ready to wear range, which included bras, basques, briefs and suspenders and simultaneously expanded into the European and American markets.
Despite such growth, Rigby & Peller continues to be synonymous with personally fitted, luxurious lingerie. Its beautiful ranges are expertly fitted and made from silk and satin as well as more conventional fabrics, is second to none. Visit Rigby & Peller