“The funny thing is that I never thought of becoming a tailor”, he tells us. “I studied illustration at Camberwell (now part of University Of The Arts London), and I just wanted to draw. But any job I applied for post graduation was computer based and that’s just not my thing.
I figured I had three options: become a shoemaker, a tattooer or a tailor. I was working in menswear retail, and I’ve always liked clothes, so I just started walking round the Savile Row houses asking for apprenticeships. I offered to sweep floors, whatever it took just to get my foot in the door.
Newham College had just started their bespoke tailoring course, and everyone told me that was the correct way to move forward. I really didn’t fancy going back to school, only to have to start an apprenticeship at the end of the course – I just wanted to get on with it”