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Turnbull & Asser to set up tailoring academy

Turnbull & Asser has hired David Gale as master shirt maker to develop a training academy at the tailoring brand.

Gale, who previously headed up the bespoke shirt departments at Sulka and Dunhill, has been charged with creating an ‘in-house academy’ to train potential shirt makers in the art of pattern-making, cutting, sewing and finishing garments such as shirts, pyjamas, dressing gowns and boxer shorts.

Gale will also work on Turnbull & Asser’s bespoke and ready-to-wear collections. Gale is one of the last classically trained master shirt makers and started his career with Turnbull & Asser in the early 1970s before moving to Savile Row where he continued his apprenticeship as a bespoke shirt maker making shirts for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Donald Sutherland, Daniel Craig and David Bailey.

“I am delighted that David has returned to Turnbull & Asser and that we have the opportunity to utilise his undeniable talent and knowledge to teach the younger generation the intricacies in the fading art of shirt making,” said Steven Quin, retail director and Royal Warrant Holder at Turnbull & Asser. “This will further strengthen Turnbull & Asser’s position.”

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