Tailoring – It’s in the Blood
Bespoke tailor Gareth Beckwith tells us about his background in tailoring which ultimately led to an illustrious career working with sports legends all over the UK with support of legendary fashion designer Jeff Banks!
After studying Business, IT and Computing at school, Gareth realised he didn’t enjoy it and began to work in retail…I’m sure a few of us can relate. His first retail job was at Principles For Men in the suiting department and after enjoying this experience, he subsequently ran shops for the last 15 years until setting up his own business- Crown to Cuff in 2013.
Gareth also told us about his work with legendary fashion designer Jeff Banks. It was three years ago when Jeff approached Gareth to consult for him. At the start of last year Gareth gained permission off Jeff to start up a new business, using the name and brand of Jeff Banks.
Gareth explains how Jeff’s experience and guidance helped Crown to Cuff to grow as a business.
“He’s very, very good. He gives me a lot of support, a lot of help, a lot of guidance and has taken me under his wing somewhat. Things have to be better than perfect and if they’re not he’ll tell you!”
Banks opened his first boutique- ‘Clobber’ in 1964 and has gone on to create his own fashion label, as well as introducing retail outlets in leading department stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Banks has also been the face for BBC’s ‘The Clothes Show’, where he presented over 320 episodes, often drawing in over 10 million viewers.
With Jeff on board, Gareth describes the tailoring opportunities that have been created by the influence of Jeff Banks:
“He opens up a lot of doors and puts me in the right room, at the right place with the right person. Without his name behind me and his confidence in what I do I would never be able to get anywhere with these people.”
Gareth revealed how past generations of his family were also master tailors- a fact he only discovered 8 years into his tailoring career! He found out about his grandfather’s tailoring history, in some of his old books. Gareth was then hit by another astonishing revelation, when his mother explained that her grandfather was also a master tailor.
“I opened the books up and there were pictures of jackets, trousers, shirts, line drawings, I had no idea I came from a line of tailors in the family.”
Gareth explained his feeling of pride when he discovered his family’s tailoring history:
“It made me really proud. I just thought you know what – I love what I do, I didn’t get pushed into what I did I made a choice to do it. Probably a little bit of fate pushed me in that direction.”
Through quality craftsmanship and customer service Gareth has developed a loyal customer base including Bradford Bulls rugby players and Bodybuilders Martin Stevenson and Gary Lister.
Follow Gareth on Twitter @Crown2Cuff