CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Surrey Life today CLICK HERE

Rigby & Peller, official corsetiere to the Queen, opens Guildford store

PUBLISHED: 12:19 20 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:23 20 February 2013

Rigby & Peller, official corsetiere to the Queen, opens Guildford store

Rigby & Peller, official corsetiere to the Queen, opens Guildford store

When Rigby & Peller opened their brand new store in Guildford, there was a veritable stampede by Surrey ladies Рbecause the company is the official corseti̬re to the Queen, no less.


Rigby & Peller
16 Tunsgate Guildford, Surrey GU1 3QT
Tel: 01483 533969

When Rigby & Peller opened their brand new store in Guildford, there was a veritable stampede by Surrey ladies because the company is the official corsetire to the Queen, no less. Store manager Amanda Menikou tells us more about this iconic British brand

Rigby & Peller has over 70 years experience of fitting lingerie, but how did it all start?
The company was established in 1939, with just one store in the heart of London, by friends Bertha Rigby and Gita Peller. In 1982, the company was acquired by June and Harold Kenton and transformed into the worldwide destination that it is today, known for its luxury lingerie styling and solutions the company is renowned for ensuring that every customer finds their perfect fit and support.

And the company famously received the Royal Warrant back in 1960?
Thats right; Rigby & Peller is synonymous with discretion and excellence and this is testament to the company being awarded a prestigious Royal Warrant in 1960 for services to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

We were fascinated to read that June Kenton is, in fact, the official corsetire to the Queen?
Yes, in the same year that she acquired Rigby & Peller, June Kenton became personal Grantee of the Royal Warrant as corsetire to the Queen and still is today.

So tell us more about the stylish new store in Guildford
We have felt for some time there was a calling for Rigby & Peller in Surrey and we are pleased to have found the perfect location in Guildford our eighth store to open in the UK. Located in the heart of Guildford in Tunsgate, the boutique offers a range of luxurious lingerie solutions to women in and around Surrey. The store features top brands including the Rigby & Peller label, Marie Jo, Prima Donna and Simone Perele, as well as nightwear, swimwear and shapewear.

And talk us through what happens when visiting the boutique?
The Rigby & Peller experience starts with a fitting by one of our trained lingerie stylists; these fittings can be pre-booked or are available on a walk-in basis.

Our lingerie stylists are trained to fit all aspects of underwear and swimwear, though they never use a tape measure to determine your size as a tape measure cannot take into consideration body shape. Instead, they are trained to assess each individual customer by using their superior product knowledge and fitting expertise, which is only gained by the unique Rigby & Peller training.

A fitting at Rigby & Peller can take as long as you would like, from 10 minutes or until the customer feels entirely satisfied with their purchase.

Weve all read that were meant to wear the right fitting underwear but what are the benefits?
It has been established that about 80 per cent of the customers who walk through our doors for the first time are wearing the wrong size bra. The biggest mistake women make is wearing a bra too small in the cup and big in the back. When a womans bust gets bigger she thinks shes getting wider in the back. Shes not. Its her cup size thats increasing.

Comfort is the ultimate benefit for women a bra should be comfortable enough to wear all day. A good fitting bra also means improved posture, no pinching and less stress on shoulders and backs. Wearing a bra that has been correctly fitted also does wonders for self-esteem, overall appearance and confidence!

For those who cant make it to the store, we see you have a very smart website too?
Our website is an extension to our stores and features the latest collections and ranges, from lingerie to nightwear and swimwear all of which are available to buy online. Appointments with lingerie stylists can be booked in any store via the website and there is even a dedicated lingerie styling section, which holds an abundance of information from size charts to information on the perfect fit and advice pages. Gift vouchers can also be purchased online and you can create a wish list to be e-mailed to friends and family a great idea for Christmas! You can also find us on www.facebook/rigbyandpeller and

What about future plans? Do you foresee any more stores opening in Surrey?
The past year has been a very exciting one for Rigby & Peller, with two brand new stores opening in the UK. As well as the Guildford store, we also opened the doors to a new boutique on Bow Lane in The City of London perfect for busy business women. This brings us to a total of eight stores and there are currently plans to expand further in 2013, but more news on this to come...

Finally, what would be your top tip for women when shopping for lingerie
Make sure you are correctly fitted for your lingerie dont be one of the 80 per cent of women wearing the wrong bra size and if you do get fitted for bras, make sure you are re-fitted every six months. The shape and size of a womans breasts change a number of times in her life. This is mainly due to fluctuations in weight, sport, pregnancy, contraception, medication and diet. Also remember there is lingerie out there for you, no matter what your shape or size Rigby & Peller stock sizes ranging from a 30A to a 48N.

  • Rigby & Peller, 16 Tunsgate Guildford, Surrey GU1 3QT. For more information, call 01483 533969 or visit the Rigby & Peller website at

More from Surrey Life

Surrounded by reservoirs and located on the banks of the famous river from which it takes its name, Staines-upon-Thames (as it is now called) is a town working to reshape its future and celebrate its picturesque riverside setting

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30

She may have recently moved to the seaside, but Surrey still holds a uniquely “precious” place in the heart of legendary children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson – not to mention the crucial role the county played in bringing everyone’s favourite and newly-returning feisty foster-kid to life

Read more
Yesterday, 11:59

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend (23, 24 and 25 November): art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Surrey is full of secret hideaways and hidden gems. Slades Farm on the Wintershall Estate is definitely one of them

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The new hotel is set to open in spring 2019 and will be located in the heart of the vineyard, offering sweeping views over the North Downs Way.

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

From Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Surrey this season

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Having bloomed in Brighton’s restaurant scene over the past decade, The Chilli Pickle opened its second site in Guildford this summer

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

Historic Royal Palaces and IMG have announced that Kylie Minogue is the first headliner confirmed for Hampton Court Palace Festival 2019. These will be her only London shows of summer 2019. Here’s how you can get tickets

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

Enjoy this linear rail to ramble section of the Thames Down Link route taking the short train-ride from Box Hill & Westhumble to Ashtead before walking back

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It’s that time of year when our beautiful countryside is alight with the colours of autumn. Here, we pick out some of her favourite spots to enjoy the seasonal splendour – as well as some perfect places for a post-walk refresher

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Found on the stretch of the River Thames between Weybridge and East Molesey, Sunbury-on-Thames is blessed with a village feel where it meets the water. From antique hunts to the joys of river life, here are a few of our favourite reasons to visit

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

Verity & Violet are Loui and Jess – a singing duo from Surrey who specialise in blending vintage classics with modern favourites. The two have achieved success in the capital, but are now hoping to attract an audience closer to home

Read more
Friday, November 2, 2018

With the Christmas celebrations seemingly starting earlier every year, it all feels a little too ‘soon’ sometimes, but what if you want to look your best for Christmas & New year celebrations and are considering having cosmetic non-surgical procedures? The Bella Vou Pantiles Clinic offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures and treatments from a purpose-built private clinic in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search