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Finnan
Finnan is an apprentice coat cutter under John Hitchcock and... More
Oliver
Oliver is a junior trouser cutter at Anderson & Sheppard... More
Sunna
Sunna recently finished her apprentiship as a tailor under Derrick... More
James
James is Front of House at Anderson & Sheppard and... More
Ollie
Ollie joined Anderson & Sheppard from Newham College as an... More
Jennie
Jennie is an apprentice coat maker at Anderson & Sheppard.... More
Mr Hitchcock
John Hitchcock is Managing Director and Head Cutter at Anderson... More
Anda
Anda is the Vice Chairman of Anderson & Sheppard and... More
Audie
Audie runs the Clifford Street store and has 30 years... More
Emily
Emily joined Anderson & Sheppard in December 2011 and works... More
Conor
Conor joined Anderson & Sheppard in 2012 and works in... More
Ashleigh
Ashleigh joined Anderson & Sheppard as an apprentice coatmaker early... More
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Emily joined Anderson & Sheppard as an apprentice coat maker... More
Max
Max works for Danny Hall and is learning to be... More
Matthew
Matthew joined us in December 2013 straight after his A-Levels.... More
Mike
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FROM COAT CUTTER TO TROUSER MAKER

 

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I have just completed my third week of training as a Trouser Maker at Anderson and Sheppard, which isn’t anything unusual, except that I had spent the last four years as a Coat Cutter at the bespoke shop. It is common for most to start off making trousers or coats, and then move on to cutting them but that wasn’t the case for me.

I joined Anderson and Sheppard in 2000 as an apprentice Coat Cutter, I really wanted to work for the company and I knew it was an excellent opportunity. I worked under Mr Hitchcock and I can truly say I have appreciated all I have learnt whilst working as a Cutter. The cutting process consists of meeting with customers and going through the details with them. You measure them and account for all the configurations; and then you cut the pattern and the cloth. Once that’s all done it then goes to the tailor who sews it all together.

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Although I really enjoyed cutting and learnt some invaluable skills, I knew I had more passion for the making aspect of things. I am enjoying every minute of the trouser making training. It has been a pretty smooth transition because as well as making trousers in my spare time; I have always had opportunities to ask the tailors questions over the years, so some knowledge is already there.

Of course I am also learning new things all the time. It’s great to have Keith teaching me, because he has so much expertise in trouser making and we get on so well. With just over 30 years’ experience at Anderson and Sheppard as a trouser maker, Keith is the perfect person to teach me all I need to know.

Keith:

“It’s my first time mentoring and teaching somebody, and the three weeks I have been training Finnan have been great. Finnan already knew parts of the trouser making process and techniques so a lot of the knowledge is already present. It’s clear he’s passionate about trouser making so it’s even better to train an enthusiastic person.”

 

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You can now follow Anderson and Sheppard’s Instagram page on your smartphone, tablet and laptop. See the latest pictures of our ready to wear ranges, bespoke tailoring, news and events and much more. Follow us @anderson_and_sheppard.

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THE ONLINE HABERDASHERY – UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Anderson-&-Sheppard-Online-Shop-HomeThe Clifford Street Haberdashery will soon be available to shop online.  We have been working on the new site for several months and all look forward to showing customers a selection of what is available in the shop.   It will also be open 24 hours a day for repeat purchases of any of your favourite items from heavy merino sweaters to linen shorts.  The online shop will offer a selection of what we have in Clifford Street so please do not hesitate to email us if you cannot find what you are looking for and we will do our best to find it for you.

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BTBA SUMMER BALL 2014

Michael-ArterOllie-TrenchardThe lead up to any BTBA event is always a flurry of activity and this year was no different. Tailors and cutters alike make last minute alterations to their existing garments and put the finishing touches on new pieces to wear to the occasion.

The Summer Ball is seen as the showpiece in the industry calendar.  Oliver Spencer (green corduroy) and I (navy linen) had new jackets made by Sunna especially for the event.  I also made a pair of matching trousers. Compared to the Winter Ball this event has a much more relaxed feel with drinks being taken upon arrival in the magnificent court yard, around the fountain.  Once again this year the weather was kind and the sun came out putting everyone in a jovial mood.  This was enhanced by the excellent band that played a great variety to keep everyone entertained.

Unlike last year when Jenny, Sunna and I received our diplomas in coat making and cutting, we didn’t have that presentation to distract us and we could relax a bit more and soak up the atmosphere.  Mr Hitchcock attended with his wife and as usual he looked immaculate in a fawn double breasted linen suit, actually chosen from the same W Bill bunch as mine. An addition to this year’s proceedings was an organised tour of the Merchant Tailor’s Hall which included areas of the building unseen by the general public such as the private rooms upstairs, the workings of the kitchens and the library. A few bottles of wine later and the party, including lots of dancing, was in full swing.

Now what to wear next year?

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TROUSERS AT THE HABERDASHERY – TROUSER STYLE 5

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The Clifford Street Haberdashery has 11 different trouser styles for our customers to get acquainted with. Specially developed by the Trouser Cutters at the bespoke shop in Old Burlington street; there are perfect choices for all the seasons with at least one style that every customer is bound to love.  In the next series of posts on The Notebook, we will introduce each style but we hope that customers will come in and try them for themselves.

Style 5

The Clifford Street Haberdashery has 11 different trouser styles for our customers to get acquainted with. Specially developed by the Trouser Cutters at the bespoke shop in Old Burlington street; there are perfect choices for all the seasons with at least one style that every customer is bound to love.  In the next series of posts on The Notebook, we will introduce each style but we hope that customers will come in and try them for themselves.