BUSINESSMEN are bringing bespoke tailoring to Huddersfield in a bid to get ‘ordinary’ blokes to smarten up.
Scott Hufton and Rian Taylor opened a new suit shop on King Street yesterday.
The pair believe Owen Scott Bespoke Tailor will enhance Huddersfield’s reputation for great textiles.
“We want to make Huddersfield known as the centre for excellence in tailoring,” said Scott, 30, from Bradley.
Rian, 38, of Moldgreen, hopes the shop will attract men who wouldn’t normally think of buying a bespoke suit.
He said: “We are trying to reach out to the next generation, to make the tailors as approachable as possible to the normal man.
“The kind of suit which would cost you £3,500 on Savile Row in London, we could do for £500 – the same material and the same quality finish.’’
Scott believes men in Huddersfield will pay between £500 and £1,200 for a quality suit.
He said: “Bespoke literally means ‘spoken for’ – the material is cut precisely for the customer.
“I think people want that kind of quality, they don’t just want a suit that they are going to throw away after a few months.”
But Rian is hoping for the occasional high-rolling customer.
He said: “If someone very rich asks us for a Vicuna (llama wool) suit, we could do it for £10,000.”
The pair set up online company www.huddersfieldcloth.com 18 months ago.
Scott said: “It was inevitable that we would move into retail eventually.
“The way I see it, there’s no better time to start a business than now. If you can succeed in these economic conditions, your business is going to boom when things are better.”
The process of making a suit takes between four and six weeks.
Customers go to the shop to pick their material and be measured by one of the tailors so the suit is a perfect fit to their body.
Rian and Scott only use cloth from Huddersfield manufacturers.
The cloth is then cut in a pattern and sent to a manufacturer in Ossett or London where it is stitched together with the necessary linings.
The first version of the suit then comes back to the Huddersfield shop for a second fitting, where alterations are made before going back to the manufacturer.
The process can be repeated again before the final finished version is ready to be worn.
“Huddersfield has a textile history second to none,” added Rian.
“The university is talking about having a tailoring degree and becoming a centre of excellence.
“We are working with the textile centre to really put Huddersfield back on the map to where it was 60 years ago.
“I’d say we’re well on our way to doing that.”