Magazine article Management Today

Business Is Great: Profile - Maurice Sedwell

Magazine article Management Today

Business Is Great: Profile - Maurice Sedwell

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Andrew Ramroop, owner of the Savile Row tailor, is training up a new generation.

Handmade Savile Row suits stand the test of time. After all, tailors have been plying their trade on this Mayfair street since 1790.

But some among Savile Row's current cadre of tailors, such as Andrew Ramroop, are also doing their utmost to protect its future.

Ramroop tailored his first suit for himself as an apprentice in Trinidad aged 17. He wore the same suit - brown double-breasted with small checks - for his first job interview on Savile Row the following year. Now, 44 years later, Ramroop is training the next generation of bespoke tailors to ensure that Savile Row continues to epitomise the very best.

With Edward Sexton, Hardy Amies, Kilgour, Henry Poole, and Gieves & Hawkes as neighbours, Ramroop owns and runs Maurice Sedwell on 19 Savile Row, making suits for customers in some 58 countries.

Maurice Sedwell's customers pay not only for the personal attention they receive but also for the extraordinary skill and care that goes into making a handmade suit. It takes, on average, 130 hours to make a three-piece, bespoke suit.

In 2007, when Ramroop was president of the Master Craftsmen's Association, it conducted a feasibility study on the future of bespoke tailoring in London and discovered the average age of tailors was 61.

'Everyone was complaining that young people didn't want to go into the trade but in reality there was a dearth of opportunities for formal training,' says Ramroop. …

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