What is your role at Henry Poole?
I’m an apprentice coat maker.
When did you first become interested in tailoring?
When I was around sixteen my mum used to tailor my jeans and she taught me how to sew. I would buy cheap Levi’s from Brick Lane and I would slim them down and wear them with turn ups.
What is your educational background?
I went to Newham College for two years and completed the bespoke tailoring course.
Who gave you your first opportunity in tailoring?
It was just before I went to Newham College, I trained under a chap who worked at Hardy Amies. He was the first person who gave me an insight into bespoke tailoring; he showed me how to make waistcoats.
Newham College put me in touch with Henry Poole and I did work experience here for six months, they asked me if I wanted to stay on and of course I accepted. I was matched with my amazing mentor Jinny Seals and I have been here ever since.
What is a day in the life like at Henry Poole?
I come in early and do whatever Jinny tells me to do, I could be continuing with something from the day before or she might give me something entirely new to work on.
Is there anything you had wished you had known before you started this journey?
To persevere, it’s not that I ever gave up but I guess at times it gets difficult and it is always important to have that motivation. As rewarding and thrilling as it is, I guess I had just wished I knew how hard it would be.
What has been your most exciting moment at Henry Poole?
Being offered the apprenticeship; I was doing some striking before I got offered the job and then I showed them some of my work from college and they knew I would be suited to coat making.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I making a baste fitting on a midnight blue velvet smoking jacket.
What is your favourite aspect of tailoring?
I love working with all types of cloth and creating high quality garments from scratch.
What advice would you give to anybody that wants to get into the bespoke tailoring industry?
Try and find an apprenticeship because there is no other way to gain the knowledge. You can read books or search the web, but without a mentor teaching you step by step you will never be able to master the craft of bespoke.