Then we started making pieces for the likes of Cricket, which was Nigel Cabourn’s first designing endeavor. A couple of years later through my good friend, (jersey jedi) Andrew Shane, I was introduced to Paul Smith who he had helped to buy the R. Newbold factory in Nottingham.
Following that, a flood of different designers came along, some who made it, some who didn’t. Reiss were around in the 1980’s as well as Ted Baker. Then there were people like Amanda Wakeley in the 90’s. On the ladies side, Robert Carey Williams made a name for himself, which led me onto doing our own brand with Emma Hartley which we sold into Harrods and Selfridges & Co. We started the Emma Hartley clothes shop with The Observer, doing a lot of full-page offers with designer names and magazines like Women’s Realm and Women’s Journal. Joe Casey-Hayford with Elle was also popular.
It was through those opportunities I eventually got working with Stella McCartney in the 1990’s as well as Margaret Howell. I was soon approached to take the licence for Griffin and run it as a brand. To this day I still have the article “The Time Is Right For Griffin” from 1st September 1996 framed and proudly displayed in my office. It’s a great article and a very proud moment in my career.
By the time the 2000’s came I was doing something slightly different. I was making coats for the likes of Burberry, Barbour and Mulberry. I did all the airlines as well, 15 altogether, as well as uniforms for the Met Police, gas suits for the gulf war and for the past 13 years I have been developing our own vertically integrated luxury brand, Private White V.C. with my partner James.
I’ve done a hell of a lot, that’s my story in a nutshell.