The rake

The modern voice of classic elegance

Albert Thurston

Although versions of suspenders and braces have been worn for roughly three centuries, the modern iterations we’re familiar with can be credited to Albert Thurston, who was the first to sell them from his boutique in London’s Haymarket in 1820. While the invention of the belt and the technical ability to craft more form-fitting clothes has made the practicalities of wearing braces largely redundant, it’s a knowing appreciation for tradition that makes Thurston’s appeal so enduring. The pieces are intricately crafted with luxurious hardware and sturdy materials.