Tailoring is in my soul. I was born and raised in Leeds, itself once a great centre for men’s tailoring. The legendary Yorkshire textile mills of Huddersfield and Bradford are very close by. I have been fascinated by tailoring since I accompanied my father when he had his suits made. The secrets and skills of bespoke tailoring enchanted me then and stimulate me now.
I developed an obsessive interest for menswear, fuelled my father’s stylish wardrobe and by the looks of movie greats like David Niven, Cary Grant and Michael Caine. During my time studying fashion at university in London I became a collector of classical tailoring manuals. I achieved my ambition of being taken on as an apprentice on Savile Row, where I learned my craft in the best environment in the world.
My career has included 15 memorable years at Gieves and Hawkes, at No1 Savile Row. In 2009 I was appointed Head Cutter, the first woman ever to hold this position. I have enjoyed working with a huge range of clients throughout the World, from many Royal families to prominent business leaders.
Having now embarked on the adventure of creating my own tailoring business, I remain closely linked with colleagues in other Savile Row houses as we are passionate about working together to preserve the history, craftsmanship and traditional methods of true bespoke tailoring.