Name: Patrick Grant
Occupation: Owner of Norton and Sons and Ready-to-wear Subsidary E.Tautz
Best Advice: Dressing the male is all about the detail and ensuring harmony in style, match your leathers and metals.
5 Key Facts:
I Prefers to tie a 4-in-hand knot
II Completed an MBA at Saïd Business School writing his thesis on Old English Brands.
III Previously worked in manufacturing before in his words, stumbling into the business.
IV Lives in Bow with long term girlfriend Katie Hillier, jewellery designer.
V Cycles to work each day from his home in Bow, East London.
In his formative years Patrick Grant attended Barnard Castle School alongside notable fashion figure Giles Deacon, wikipedia indicates a possible daily corridor walk-off in which the pair tried to outshine the other in the fashion stakes.
His further education choices led him down a career path away from fashion, after completing a degree in Material Science from University of Leeds he worked in France and LA before working in a number of marketing and development roles before returning to education completing an MBA at Saïd Business School. It was just following this when he fell into his current situation. After a friend was delayed for a planned coffee meeting, Patrick came across an advertisment for Norton and Sons within the Financial Times.
Throwing caution to the wind, he sold his house and pretty much all else along with seeking outside financial investment to buy the ailing 19th century tailoring house. In the last 4 years the company has gone from strength to strength expanding its client base from 20 to over 400. The formerly defunct subsidary E. Tautz has also been revived, providing a ready-to-wear range which provides a second avenue to capitalise on Patrick's success. His work with the E. Tautz range has led him to be honoured with the 2011 Menswear designer of the year, pipping to the post Christopher Bailey.
If in search of fine tailoring then head to 9 Saville row to find Patrick and his team.