In the summer of 1886, James Brown Potter and his wife found themselves to be entertained by the London sun, British merrymaking and the Prince of Wales. Potter and the Prince engaged in a conversation on formal dressing. The converse led the Prince insist Potter on paying a visit to his tailor at Savile Row, Henry Poole & Co.
Upon his arrival at Savile Row, Potter was fitted in a short jacket and black tie. Inspired by British military uniforms, the fresh tailless jacket was a design courtesy by the Prince of Wales. However, the United States in those days fancied formal tails and white tie for formal occasions.
Potter collected the design along with other English souvenirs and found his way back to home, the Tuxedo Park, New York. Further, Pierre Lorillard and other socialites found their fancy in these tailless jackets as well.
The educated dressers of the time did frown their temples at the thought of formal coats without tails. However, they did have changing loyalties once men in tuxedos were admitted in the Dress Circle of Metropolitan Opera, New York. Henceforth, the tuxedos took over the reign from their predecessor-tailcoats.