Patrick Grant is a British fashion designer and creative director of bespoke tailors Norton & Sons of Savile Row. As a media figure he is best known as a judge on the television series, The Great British Sewing Bee.
We caught up with him at the lauch of his latest range for Debenhams.
How did you get into the fashion industry?
I started at Norton & Sons on Savile Row. I was studying for a masters and I saw by total chance an advert in the FT advertising it for sale. I couldn’t believe a nearly 200 year old bespoke tailors was up for sale. I sold everything I had, my house my car, to buy it.
You have a clear love of tailoring, did this start from an early age?
I was always really in to tailored clothes. Growing up I loved the way my dad dressed and when I was 14 or 15 I started to wear his old bespoke suits from the 60’s, slim cut, very modish, made by a firm called Thompson in Edinburgh.
The Debenhams collection is a one stop shop. Did you start out wanting to curate a place where you could shop a look from head to toe?
I always envisaged Hammond & Co as a full collection. In the early days the house was the sporting tailor of choice for the Kings and Emperors of Europe. They sold everything from polo sweaters and cycling breeches to special powders for cleaning your hunt coat.
If you had to pick your favourite item from the Debenhams collection, what would it be?
This season my standout favourite is dark green wool peacoat. This classic short mens coat can be worn with a jacket and tailored trousers but looks equally perfect with chunky cords or jeans and a roll neck. And the colour works perfectly with greys, blues, all the autumnal tones and denim.
What is your favourite trend this A/W?
Its great to see all the beautiful patterns and textures in menswear this autumn, as well as all the beautiful rich natural colours like dark burgundies, ocre and rust.
If you weren't in fashion, what would you be doing?
I’d either be an architect or a landscape gardener, both things I nearly went in to in my twenties.
You are marooned on a desert island, what one thing could you not live without?
A great knife, Im pretty handy, I reckon with that I could make everything else I needed.
Do you have any advice for someone looking to start a career in the Fashion Industry?
Be completely true to your own aesthetic vision. If it isn’t deeply personal and fully committed it doesn’t stand a chance.
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