Emma Willis trained at The Slade School of Art before starting her business in 1989, designing and making men's luxury shirts, ties, boxer shorts and nightwear all made in England.

In 1999 she opened her elegant and intimate shop in Jermyn Street, on the corner of St James's and in 2010 her English shirt making factory opened in the centre of Historic Gloucester.  Her philosophy is to adhere to traditional English shirt making techniques, using luxurious Swiss and West Indian Sea Island Cottons, and employ local, skilled craftspeople.

In 2014 Emma was awarded an MBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Years Honours list for entrepreneurship, is a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, is an honorary fellow of Gloucester University for her active role supporting their Fashion Degree students and received a Points of Light Award this year from the Prime Minister for ‘outstanding volunteers who are making a real difference in their communities.’