Recently we had a lecture with British Fashion designer/Business man/celebrity Patrick Grant. He told us life stories, what its really like to own multiple businesses and his journey.
Patrick owns 4 businesses, some smaller than others. Yet all highly successful.
As most of the big names in the Fashion industry Patrick didn’t start his career here, but studied material science & engineering at University.
Other fashion creatives that started on a different route…
- Ralph Lauren = tie sales
- Tom Ford = architecture
- Paul Smith = bicycle racing
- Raf Simons = furniture design
- Hardy Amies = selling Avery kitchen scales
Since traveling and living abroad, Patrick built up his knowledge and life skills before returning home and gaining his Masters in Business, after 9 years already in the industry.
He then bought a failing family tailoring business, Norton & Sons on Saville Row in London. However paid himself £22k for a whole 3 years which is less than Patrick would have received on the dole. Although now it is a thriving business with many clients including; Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Christopher Kane, Henry Holland, Rag & Bone and the Kooples etc.
His company also thrived after a TV documentary was aired on the BBC about Saville Row. He gained 20 new clients in one week, all wanting tailored suits for themselves, or wholesalers.
His businesses include…
- Cookson & Clegg, based in Blackburn
- Etautz, currently up for a fashion award against Tom Ford
- Hammond & Co, creating for Debenhams
- Nortan & Sons
- BBC Sewing Bee, judge
After the lecture Patrick kindly stayed around to talk to us fashion students about possible internships. After this I then decided to get in touch with his PA to inquire about positions.
The advice Patrick gave was to never give up on things when times are tough and your business may be failing, however always be optimistic about life and the future.