I started working at Anderson & Sheppard six years later. We needed to move from 30 Savile Row to our current bespoke store on Old Burlington Street. My mother asked me to help with the organisation and design of the new premises and one thing lead to another. My family had never really been involved in the running of A&S, until the move the firm had existed fairly independently.
My father had a vested interest in a tailoring shop, Anderson & Sheppard, and during my childhood I remember occasionally going with him when he went for fittings. It was a very serious experience and little girls did not often have the chance to go in, these early memories are very precious to me. In 1998 (two years before starting my MBA) my father passed away.
Anderson & Sheppard is an authority on bespoke tailoring and master of the ‘English drape’, a style that is cut full over the chest, for ease of movement. We have made garments for everyone from Fred Astaire and Gary Cooper to HRH The Prince of Wales, Kate Moss, Lapo Elkann and Bryan Ferry. The designer Tom Ford said that in his opinion, ‘Anderson & Sheppard is the best tailor in the world’. In 2012 we opened a second shop, our haberdashery on Clifford Street, through which we are able to provide items our customers were looking for but could no longer find – it has also allowed a new audience to discover Anderson & Sheppard.
When it comes to my clothes, usually I wear some variation of a tailored shrunken jacket, a collarless cashmere and cotton shirt from our haberdashery, smart trousers and flat slippers. Sometimes I’ll wear a structured dress, one with a proper waist and long sleeves – a sleeve is paramount.