The Jeffery family has long been associated with the quality of personal service to the general public since Joseph Jeffery founded the Furnishing and Cabinet-making business of Jeffery Sons and Co. Limited in Gold Street, Northampton in 1875.
Harold Montague Jeffery was the third son of Joseph. Always an individualist, the trade carried on at the highly successful family furnishing business but working with his father and brothers did not appeal to him and he entered an apprenticeship to the Outfitting Trade with a firm in Leamington Spa. After gaining experience, he became manager of a branch firm in South Wales before returning to his home town of Northampton.
In the Autumn of 1901, he opened a business at premises in Wood Hill, Northampton, next to McKinnell’s the Chemists and which is now Connell’s Estate Agents. Initially trading as a Hosier and Hatter, it was from this beginning that the comprehensive Gentlemen’s Outfitting Shop we see today developed.