While those of us who were unable to attend London Fashion Week wait patiently for E. Tuatz's S/S 2011 collection to hit the internet and Barneys, I'd like to quickly talk about Patrick Grant. For those unaware, Patrick Grant is arguably Saville Row's most interesting personality. Patrick, age 38, is currently the youngest Guv'nor on Savile Row and received his MBA from Oxford. He runs the bespoke tailor Norton & Sons and their ready-to-wear subsidiary E. Tautz, who you might have read about recently. He's nothing short of a menswear master even if he never really planned on getting into the business in the first place. As he told Swipe Life:
"It was an accident really, well, not an accident. A fabulous coincidence. I stumbled upon it completely by chance. I was at Oxford finishing off an MBA and a friend of mine was supposed to meet me for lunch. He called to say he couldn’t come, so I grabbed a copy of the Financial Times and sat and read it because there was nothing else to read. I got as far as the ‘Businesses for sale’ section and there happened to be an advert on that one day for Norton & Sons. There was just a little advert that said ‘Bespoke tailor for sale, 16 Savile Row. Contact Mr. Granger by letter’. That’s as much as it was planned. There was no planning whatsoever. It was just completely fortuitous.
I came and met the owner and came to the shop and looked around and having never worked in clothing before I just fell in love with the place. I’d always been very interested in craft and making things, I’d always worked in manufacturing companies and I’d always been very interested in clothes but I’d never thought ever, to work in the clothing and tailoring industry."
Seems like fate, no? Anyway, not only is this guy renowned for rescuing not one, but two iconic English "brands", but he's also one of the rare few working in menswear today that truly gets the whole style vs. fashion thing and the relationship between the two. And lest we not forget the attention to detail and craftsmanship (I mean, just look at a picture of a Norton & Sons suit) that is at work. From bespoke to ready-to-wear, from Saville Row to the runway, Patrick is someone you need to know about if you don't already.
[Pictures courtesy of Swipe Life.]