CEO of T.M Lewin at SSU Fashion Conference

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The CEO of TM Lewin, Geoff Quinn was at the 1st SSU Fashion Conference it was such a pleasure to have him talk about the company and how the business has changed over the years.

TM Lewin is a men’s shirt retailer, it was founded in 1898 when Thomas Mayes Lewin opened his first shop in Jermyn Street, St James’s, London. They began producing shirts and accessories until the founder became one of the first to make the ‘coat-shirt’, a shirt that the wearer put on like a coat, fastening the buttons down the front.

Geoff Quinn mid sentence

Geoff Quinn mid sentence

Geoff Quinn has been working at TM Lewin for 35 years now starting for working in the stock room to pick up the sales of the shop to CEO handling the different store locations around the world, they had just opened their new store on Oxford Street that is 1 MILLION pounds in rent a year compared to there old store which was £280,000.

Towards the end of his speech I was getting ready to ask a question but unfortunately he had to hurry off but what I was going to ask was….

Because he mentioned in his speech that they mainly focus on menswear,

Why has TM Lewin mainly focusing on menswear and not womenswear because we are living in a society where woman are working a lot more, owning there own companies and taking care of themselves financially and pretty much taking over the world with a potential first woman president of the United States, why has TM Lewin fallen in the same way society is going?

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Interview – Gareth Crowe

Interviewing Gareth Crowe would be the most laid back interview that we had done, talking to him was like having a conversation with somebody that you’ve know for ages and you love to hear the story of how the world used to be.

Gareth Crowe

Gareth Crowe

Listen to what he had to say about Savile Row in the 70’s

Dashing Tweeds – Guy Hills Interview

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Doing this interview with Guys Hills was refreshing because we have been going to interview different tailors that have been in the trade for 30+ years , however Guy Hills had a different experience, he opened his own store in 2008 called Dashing Tweeds, hear about how he started in the audio clip.

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Meyer and Mortimer Interviews

We interviewed Brian Lewis who is the co owner of Meyer & Mortimer and Norris who is an alteration tailor.

Interviewing Brian Lewis was an absolute pleasure, the stories that he had where endless and you could truly tell the love and passion that he has for his trade.

BTS interview with Brian Lewis

BTS interview with Brian Lewis

Now we interviewed the man that only goes by one name, Norris, he is an alteration tailor at Meyer and Mortimer and he seemed a little uncomfortable when the interview first began but he then quickly loosened up when the talk started to really turn to his current work and what he is working on today. Take a listen!

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Interview with Mickey Sunshine

We had the opportunity to interview Mickey Sunshine who is a personal tailor that rents a table at Henry Poole & Co!

Deconstruction Workshop Part 2

On Tuesday 24th the students that didn’t have the opportunity to attend the deconstruction workshop at the Museum of London with Tim Long because of interviews that they need to attend were given a second chance!!

What was created was absolutely incredible!

” Deconstruction Fashion – The Making of Unfinished, Decomposing and Re-assembled clothes”- M.Barnard

Jaybee's Work

Jaybee’s Work

Jaybee's Work

Jaybee’s Work

Jaybee's Work

Jaybee’s Work

Jaybee's Work

Jaybee’s Work

Jaybee's Work

Jaybee’s Work

“I had fun exploring the jackets layers and was very creative in terms of constructing it into something new. It was hard to rip it at first because I thought it was such a waste of money but was definitely worth it.” – Jaybee

Moon's Work

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Moons Work

Moons Work

Moons Work

Moons Work

Moons Work

“I found it to be lots of fun an I enjoyed the freedom to experiment” – Moon

Amy's Work

Amy’s Work

“I found it fun I was able to bring my creativity out” – Amy

Nina, Brianna and Wuzzy's Work

Nina, Brianna and Wuzzy’s Work

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Wuzzy’s Work

Wuzzy's Work

Wuzzy’s Work

Wuzzy's Work

Wuzzy’s Work

Nina and Brianna's Work

Nina and Brianna’s Work

Nina and Brianna's Work

Nina and Brianna’s Work

“Its was a good way to experiment with styling and I never knew a jacket can look different” – Wuzzy

“It wasn’t my favourite workshop so far but I did like do the task and looking at the before pictures to see the transformation” – Nina

“I liked seeing how the jacket was constructed but wasn’t that great at creating something new” – Brianna

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Neda's Work

Neda’s Work

Neda's Work

Neda’s Work

Neda's Work

Neda’s Work

Rebel Of Tailoring – Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen : Savage Beauty

The legendary designer Alexander McQueen dropped out of school aged 16 and managed to find work on Savile Row. McQueen began by working at the tailoring house Anderson and Sheppard, and then moved on to Gieves and Hawkes. ”Alexander McQueen joined here in 1984 or 1985. He didn’t have an introduction I don’t think, he just came in to apply in person. The firm’s policy at the time was to take young people who had not been to college as they were easier to train. Sixteen was a typical age for apprentices joining the firm. It’s fair to say he was very intense in all his conversations with the other tailors and was very passionate about what he was doing”- Anderson and Sheppard employee.

Alexander McQueen decided to move on from Savile Row and pursue a career in fashion design, that we all are familliar with, and his legacy and influence in fashion continues.

The Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A museum showcases some of the best of Mcqueen’s work. Photography is not allowed in the exhibition, but this allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience and really appreciate the greatness right in front of your eyes- All photos where taken from Vogue.com

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Alexander McQueen’s company decided to go back to Mcqueen’s tailoring roots, and opened up the Alexander McQueen bespoke tailoring house in 2012 on 9 Savile Row where suits are made with the highest levels of care and precision, but in the rebellious Mcqueen style that we are all familliar with.

Alexander McQueen 9 Savile Row

Alexander McQueen 9 Savile Row