The PM presented Emma with the 1138th Points of Light Award for volunteering

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The PM presented Emma with the 1138th Points of Light Award for volunteering at No.10 Downing Street during a Reception to celebrate International Women’s Day last week.  In a personal letter to Emma, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The service you provide for veterans through ‘Style for Soldiers’ is having a truly transformative effect on their wellbeing and self-esteem. You are giving vital support to those who have made great sacrifices in the service of our country and you should feel incredibly proud of the difference you have made helping so many brave veterans adjust to civilian life.”

PM awards Emma Willis for outstanding veterans charity on International Women’s Day

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The Prime Minister has today, 8 March, recognised Emma Willis MBE, from Gloucestershire, for supporting the rehabilitation of veterans and service personnel.

Emma Willis is one of the UK’s foremost shirt-makers who founded ‘Style for Soldiers’ in 2008 to provide bespoke clothing and walking sticks for Armed Forces members as part of their rehabilitation. After hearing a BBC Radio 4 Documentary about recovering veterans, Emma realised that donations of clothing could provide a vital boost to their wellbeing and confidence. Further recognising the benefit high-quality suits could have for veterans in securing job interviews and marking the transition to civilian life, she subsequently established ‘Style for Soldiers’ to specially design suits for service personnel, with assistance from leading English brands such as ‘Marks & Spencer’, ‘Russell and Bromley’ and ‘Lock and Co Hatters’. The charity has since provided over 750 suits, 100 shoes and several hundred hats to veterans, as well as facilitating work placements and holding regular events bringing together members for networking and peer support, with the charity working closely alongside the NHS Veterans Trauma network. ‘Style for Soldiers’ has also been supported by HRH The Prince of Wales, with leading fashion models including David Gandy serving as ambassadors for the charity.

Emma is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements. Emma was invited to Downing Street to the International Women’s Day reception, where she received her award and met the Prime Minister.

In a personal letter to Emma, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“The service you provide for veterans through ‘Style for Soldiers’ is having a truly transformative effect on their wellbeing and self-esteem. You are giving vital support to those who have made great sacrifices in the service of our country and you should feel incredibly proud of the difference you have made helping so many brave veterans adjust to civilian life.”

Emma said:

“This is a great honour to receive a Points of Light award, particularly in the week marking International Women’s Day. To be thanked for one’s voluntary work like this is extremely encouraging and I am grateful to the Prime Minister for this recognition. To be able to offer support to our young injured service personnel is the greatest privilege, we owe them so much.”

Emma is the 1138th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.

Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.

www.pointsoflight.gov.uk

EMMA WILLIS GLOUCESTER FACTORY – by Daniel Jenkins

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Christie Brinkley wears our White Oxford Cotton shirt for the cover of FN

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For the first in our 10 Year Anniversary film series, The Rake looks at the rise of Emma Willis, one of Jermyn Street’s finest bespoke shirtmakers.

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In an 18th century townhouse, nestled in the heart of Gloucester, hangs a series of black-framed photographs, all with a common theme: Emma Willis, shaking hands with a plethora of high-profile people. The moments are symbolic of the successes Emma has enjoyed as one of the UK’s most prestigious shirtmakers, as well as someone who’s used that acclaim to give back.

It was high profile customers that helped Emma’s business initially grow. Having worked for other menswear companies, she launched her own label in 1989, focusing on bespoke shirts made in England from the finest materials. Personally travelling to homes or places of work, she built up strong relationships with customers, who’d then refer her to their equally high profile friends, quickly developing a client book bursting with reputable names.

It wasn’t until 2000 that Emma opened her store on Jermyn St, where she immediately stood out in an area dominated by male-led brands. She used this as an advantage, adding a delicate flair to menswear, which has become the brand’s signature. “I don’t tend to like the really bold, masculine look at the very traditional end of British shirtmaking,” says Emma, from the cosy basement of her flagship store. “So it’s probably a softer look, slightly less formal. Even if it’s a linen shirt or a brushed cotton shirt, you still make it with equal care. One, it can still be bespoke, and two, you can make it with as much care and trouble as you would with your formal business shirt. So I think that combination is quite characteristic of us too.”

Of course, another value Emma holds in high regard is material, which is sourced from Italy, Switzerland and Ireland. “I’ve used the same mill in Switzerland for 25 years – they’re absolutely superb. It’s called Alumo, and most of our shirts are made from their cottons which are woven using the highest quality Egyptian Giza 45 or West Indian Sea Island raw cotton. And then for the more creative and casual fabric like linen, I would go to Italy, and Irish linens are beautiful too.”

‘What men really want for Christmas, from barbershop shaves to bespoke suiting.’ – The Telegraph

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Custom made shirts from £290, Emma Willis

As the item that every man probably wears most, a shirt is also an informed place to start in the world of bespoke. Excellent British brands such as Drake’s and Emma Willis offer custom-made shirting services. Italian shirtmaking brand Apposta also runs a subscription service online whereby your shirt can be crafted to your specific measurements and specifications – round collar or pointed etc – and delivered to you as a one-off gift or every month.

The New York Times

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For the Man on Your Holiday List: Shopping London’s Jermyn Street

EMMA WILLIS, No. 66, shirts handmade in Gloucester, England, from around 210 to 420 pounds ($269 to $539).

“I don’t personally own any yet, but she makes some of the best shirts around and I use her when I’m doing some styling for a lot of my clients.”

The Financial Times – How to Spend It by Nick Foulkes

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‘Exemplar Employer’ award

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Emma Willis has been awarded the ‘Exemplar Employer’ award in recognition of the support given for the GEM project, helping to build a better community and business environment in Gloucestershire.

Emma Willis won a Champion of Women Award last Friday, in the ‘Style and Spirit’ cateogry

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Emma was honoured to win a Champion of Women Award last Friday, in the ‘Style and Spirit’ category, at a ceremony in London for over 500 women in business and philanthropy.  The awards raised over £100,000 for Maggies Cancer care centres.

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