Biography

Colin started work in 1963, signing a five year apprenticeship as a coat maker*. He attended London College of Fashion part-time during this period, studying tailoring, pattern cutting, construction, fitting and fabric appreciation.

He left LCF 6 years later, having achieved a pass with distinction, one of a large number of West End tailors to attend LCF and make their way into the higher levels of the trade.

He soon moved on to work in the Burlington Arcade, staying for 10 years - once a home to many very highly regarded tailors, the last tailor in Burlington Arcade closed their doors for the final time some years ago.

After a period of working closer to home in Kent to reduce the time spent commuting whilst looking after a young family, Colin returned to Savile Row to work at H Huntsman. At Huntsman he was in charge of 25 tailors and responsible for maintaining the very high standards for which the company was renowned during the time when the cutters Hall and Hammick were in charge.

As the travelling became too much of a chore in 1990, Colin found himself in the position to acquire an established tailoring business, including workshop and staff, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. His is committed to maintaining the high standards of quality ladies’ and gentleman’s tailoring acquired through his career, using the finest materials and traditional construction methods to produce garments that are truly unique; bespoke.

* the traditional tailoring term for a jacket is “coat”, trousers loses the “s” to become “trouser” and a waistcoat is a “vest”. Colin isn’t fussy what you call them, and can guide customers with particular styles or details on a garment.