Well, another year begins in haste. We hope all of you have enjoyed the festive break and have made all the resolutions needed for 2014.
Over the Christmas period, we have been looking through our collection of antique tailoring books. The picture above stood out for us all… a very busy clothing factory in Wigan, England. Our educated guess judging on the clothing worn would put the date of this superb photograph during the 1930’s or 40’s. How smartly dressed are these gentlemen at work? – Nothing but class.
If we add up how many boards are in this large workroom, an estimate of approximately 50 cutters would not be far off. This factory was situated far from London, yet had all the skills and methods required for such production. Of course, even though these garments were cut and made by hand, this would have likely been producing only made to measure garments. If you look at the closest board, you can see the tightest lay of the patterns on the cloth, the most economical possible. Although we can strike in very tight lays when required, in bespoke we allow the luxury of more room for inlay’s, matching checks and our individual patterns. These chaps were obviously skilled, and experts in efficiency.
Fulfilling orders taken during our trips to New York and San Francisco can mean we feel extremely busy. However, looking back at the golden age of English clothing production, we can see how busy our industry used to be. We can not help but venerate this by gone era.
When the governor (Mr Mahon) worked at the largest tailoring firm on Savile Row, he recalls there being no more than six cutters including him self. With demand only increasing for bespoke, we do wish we could transport in time the masses of skilled craftsmen of England in to 2014.
Admiring this rare trade as we do, means we have to not only try and preserve it, but also increase our efforts to train a new generation of craftsmen…. befitting of the talented workforce whom we succeed.
Our very best wishes for a new year.
Apprentice Cutter to Mr Mahon