Using the right materials is key to everything I do and, when it comes to fine cloth and rustic tweed, I am fortunate to have the world’s best producers on my door step.
I firmly believe in sourcing materials from manufacturers who are within reach and I am keen to get to know our suppliers personally, so I visit whenever I can; it is important for me to establish a trusting relationship, knowing that they are as passionate about their product as I am.
Not many people know that much of the best fine wool cloth available to the global market today is being developed, woven and finished in the long established woollen mills of West Yorkshire, only an easy drive away from my workshop in the foothills of the Peak District. Whenever I can, I source my fine worsteds, frescoes or flannels from the knowledgable cloth merchants who work closely with the mills.
I source Harris Tweed directly from weaver Donald John MacKay, who was appointed MBE for services to the industry after he called weavers throughout the Outer Hebrides into action when he received an unexpected phone call from sportswear giant Nike, who requested 10,000 metres of tweed for the production of a sneaker. According to an ancient law, Harris Tweed must be produced in the weaver’s home, on hand-powered looms. Donald’s loom shed is located in Luskentyre Bay on the Isle of Harris, with an unrivalled view onto one of the world’s most stunning beaches, which could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean one (when the sun is out, anyway).
Macclesfield Silk has, for more than 100 years, been the material of choice for the finest ties, pocket squares and handkerchiefs. Today, two mills in town still weave, print and very successfully trade with the famous cloth. Whenever suitable and desired, I use this beautiful and durable fabric to line our handmade jackets and coats.
I am proud and grateful to be able to combine these true British heritage materials in one-of-a-kind, entirely bespoke garments for my customers.