Patrick Grant is considered by many to be the modern face of London’s world-famous home of bespoke tailoring, Savile Row. He became the majority shareholder of Norton & Sons tailors in 2005 with the mission of breathing fresh life into the failing business.
As well as rescuing and rejuvenating the Norton & Sons business, Grant also launched his own ready to wear brand of menswear – E. Tautz & Sons, in 2009, for which he received the British Fashion Awards Menswear Designer award in 2010.
This charismatic British fashion designer appears frequently on ‘best dressed’ lists and stays firmly in the public eye as a staff blogger at GQ.com, subject of various men’s magazine fashion features, and as celebrity judge on the BBC’s new The Great British Sewing Bee.
Here’s our round up of things you may not know about one of the world’s most stylish men:
1. Patrick Grant was born in Edinburgh in 1972. He attended boarding school at Barnard Castle School in County Durham where he entertained himself and other classmates by taking part in corridor walk-offs to compete for the best shoes and trousers.
2. Grant was a keen sports player during his school and university days and has taken part in competitive athletics, cross country running, tennis, swimming and rowing, among others. He played rugby professionally at the U19 level representing Scotland, before injuring his shoulder in an accident.
3. The successful menswear designer had no formal training in fashion before acquiring Norton & Sons. He originally studied science and engineering, later studying an MBA degree after several years of working in marketing.
4. Patrick Grant cycles to work every morning to Savile Row and his studio in Wapping from his home in Bow, East London.
5. Accessories Designer, Kate Hillier has been Grant’s girlfriend since 2007. They met at an after-party during New York Fashion Week while Hillier was working for Marc Jacobs.
6. Patrick Grant recently joined Designers at Debenhams to produce a collection of menswear launching for the autumn/winter 2013-1014 season. The range will be sold under the label Hammond & Co, which first launched in 1776. The range will include clothing and accessories priced from £14 to £299 and will be available from September 2013.
7. Grant recently made his television debut as a judge on The Great British Sewing Bee, a spin-off of the BBC’s successful The Great British Bakeoff series. He judges alongside needlework teacher, May Martin in scoring contestants on a set of three tasks – a pattern challenge, alteration challenge and a fitting challenge. It’s hoped the show will rekindle an interest in sewing and needlework in the British Public.
8. Grant’s label, E. Tautz & Sons was originally founded in 1867 and specialised in breeches. Edward Tautz invented the Knickerbocker and Winston Churchill was one of the more famous patrons of this brand.
9. Patrick Grant is a blogger for GQ.com, writing on an eclectic mixture of topics including Matchbox cars, tea, and why jeans are unpatriotic.
10. Esquire Magazine named Patrick Grant as the Most Stylish Man in the World.