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Cheshire Bespoke to step up tailoring production

Tailoring manufacturer Cheshire Bespoke is planning to expand its factory in Crewe and double production, a year after the company was founded.

The business, which makes suits for the likes of Chester Barrie and Ozwald Boateng, will add another 40% of space to its factory next month, to double its made-to-measure and ready-to-wear production from 60 to 120 suits per week.

Tailor Tony Lutwyche, who is based in London's Soho, founded the business last May after UK suit maker Cheshire Clothing Company closed. He said turnover would be just under £1 million in the first year.

Lutwyche said: "We have many of the same accounts as Cheshire Clothing Company but our business is more focused on made to measure, producing hand-cut and hand-finished suits, with only 30% ready to wear. There's a definite demand for high quality product that is made in England, as the Savile Row event at the last Pitti Uomo exhibition in Florence showed. We feel the time is right to expand."

Derek Vawdrey, ex-Cheshire Clothing and Chester Barrie product director, and most of the 45 staff from Cheshire Clothing's factory now work for Cheshire Bespoke.

Lutwyche added that he was in talks with Newham College and the Savile Row Bespoke Group in London about organising training and apprenticeships for aspiring tailors.

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