” I studied Business & Marketing at Lancaster Management School. Having graduated I went travelling around the World for a year and then returned looking to start my career. I was part way down the line with a few Grad schemes when I saw a job advertised on a regional graduate recruitment site to work alongside managing director to set up a tailoring business. I came along and met Austen and the rest is history. The business we started was called Salts Tailoring as we were based out of Salts Mill and we bought the old trading name of the Mill Salts (Saltaire) limited. I spent the first year training as a tailor which included how to measure and identify postural issues whilst developing all other aspects of the business and slowly growing my client base in Leeds and surrounding areas. We then decided to expand the business developing a team in London and then in 2008 we were approached to take over N&T.We were emotionally attached to the Salts brand but N&T had been operating for 20 years and had a very loyal customer base so we took the decision to merge the two entities and trade under N&T. This not only gave us more brand recognition and awareness but increased our database dramatically and afforded us a nationwide coverage. My time is now split between managing the day to day running of the business and continuing to look after and develop my own loyal customer base.

My favourite cloth is the bold Prince of Wales check as worn in the attached picture and my favourite style of suit is a classic single breasted 2 button garment. A 2 button jacket is timeless and not subject to going in or out of fashion but we have so many subtle options such as narrowing the pocket flaps and lapels affording a more contemporary edge to what is a very traditional English cut. (learn more about essential suits here) ”

If you would like to book an appointment in Leeds with Richard or anywhere in the UK with any of our other tailors with years of experience then please book an appointment and call – 0845 200 2510.