Tailoring to open second store of 2013

4/04/13 | Tailoring UK | Tailoring News

Leicester-based bespoke tailoring firm Tailoring UK is to open its second new showroom in 2013, after purchasing a former art gallery building in the city centre.

The company, which is also due to open a store in West London following its work for the Olympics, has bought the site on Granby Street in Leicester city centre and has already begun work on an £80,000 revamp.

The luxury suit and dressmaker’s plans involve splitting the large 4,500 sq ft floor space into distinct areas for bespoke tailoring and for the firm’s sister brand Jessica Farringdon – a bespoke bridalwear company

A separate area will also be designated towards clothing alterations and repairs for everyday shoppers, under the All Alts brand, which already takes care of alterations for Timpson customers. Tailoring UK’s manufacturing operation will also move into the rear of the building.

“This project will give us significantly more space in which to take care of our clients than our current Churchgate store can offer us alone,” commented owner and creative director Ketan Jethwa.

“The entire building, over two floors, will be dedicated to providing a calibre of customer service that is second to none, and of a kind that is very rarely seen in retail today. Clients will be able to come in for fittings and consultations, and enjoy a relaxed, luxurious atmosphere with food and drink.”

Part of the building’s previous function as an art gallery will be retained, as Ketan hopes to display and sell the work of local artists in a designated area of the store.

“It was a shame that the council chose to close the old gallery, and I felt that, with so many creative people in the region, it would be a wonderful touch to retain somewhere that they can use to showcase their work, in a place where it can be seen by those who can appreciate it,” added Ketan.

Tailoring UK hopes to open the store as early as March, with renovation work continuing throughout January and February.

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