We are making the shirts, dressing gowns, pyjamas and boxer shorts in our Gloucester factory, an elegant 18th townhouse with a vibrant young team of pattern makers, cutters and machinists, with ongoing shirt making training from our core staff.
There is happily a continuing strong demand for the Made in England label, enabling us to employ 8 fashion graduates last year, and already 6 employees this year, in pressing, ending, packing and finishing, as well as sales. We have a busy internship programme this Summer, and will be choosing our next local college leaver for a years paid training with The Conde Nast Scholarship Award which Johnathan Newhouse has supported us with in our drive for Sewing skills to be taught. We are approached almost every day by talented technicians keen to work in the business.
We continue to aim for the highest standards of shirt making, appreciated by our growing international clientele. 66 Jermyn Street is busy, as is our website, and we will be launching on Style.com and harveynichols.com later in the year, as well as our long term relationship with Mr. Porter.
We have recently dressed Daniel Craig, Benedict Cumberbatch for his new Sherlock series and Marvel, Colin Firth for the new Bridget Jones film, David Gandy and David Gray, as well as having become one of The Prince of Wales’s chosen shirt makers.
I have introduced the developers of the first English Cotton mill since the 70’s, opening later this year, to the incomparable Swiss cotton Mill Alumo whom I have worked with for 25 years. With characteristic generosity of spirit and grace Alumo have invited Tracy Hawkins of English Fine Cottons to visit them to share the tricks of the trade, hopefully helping our great cotton business to be reborn with the very best of advice.
Thank you for your support and please do come visit us in Jermyn Street soon.