Jack Davison Bespoke founders Jack Stammers and Will Davison aim to make tailoring less intimidating
Founded in 2017, Jack Davison Bespoke seeks to offer something different in the tailoring world. Set up by friends and Jack Stammers and Will Davison, who met while working at tailor Thom Sweeney, it operates a store on Ludgate Hill in the City of London, catering to the surrounding office professionals. Drapers spoke to the duo to find out about adding modern touches to classic suits and the importance of the perfect location.
What were you doing before you set up the business?
Jack Stammers: I had a brief stint in advertising and as a tennis coach, but my passion always lay in luxury menswear and tailoring. I was informed I’d need a degree to pursue a career, but instead I secured work experience at Thom Sweeney and never looked back.
Will Davison: I had been working as a tailor at Thom Sweeney for six years. This is where I learnt the trade. I was drawn to tailoring by the opportunity to be creative and the chance to meet a wide range of people.
Can you talk us through the concept behind the store?
JS: The suit came first – the cut and make had to be perfect before anything else. Once the house pattern was perfected with a full array of fabrics, we wanted to create a tucked-away, private and exclusive place with a member’s club feel. It feels industrial but with a few softer touches, such as antique Chesterfield sofas, armchairs and ambient music. There’s also a mini-bar stocked with whisky and gin should a customer fancy a tipple. For us it was important to distance ourselves from the often stuffy, intimidating tailoring houses.
How did you get started?
JS: Will and I became friends at Thom Sweeney as junior tailors. Ideas started coming thick and fast and we seemed to share the same creative vision that would eventually lead to the birth of Jack Davison Bespoke in January 2017.
How do you combine heritage and modernity in your tailoring?
JS: The heritage is there in the way the suits are made. Our bespoke is all hand cut in house using age-old methods from Savile Row. We use a lighter internal canvas than maybe more old-school tailors do, to give a softer, more comfortable feel and look. The softer shoulder line with a nipped-in waist combined with more interesting fabrics such as textured weaves, and wool/silk/linen mixes all work together to give a modern yet classic look.
Did you face any unexpected challenges when you were starting your business?
JS: Other than getting a vintage safe up to the second floor of the building? There were obviously lots of small challenges that looking back were actually quite fun, but just finding the right space to work out of that we liked and worked for us, was a big one.
WD: The location for us was important and finding a spot with some character was trickier than expected. Once we found the space we are in now we knew it was perfect. It needed a lot of work doing to it, with its high ceilings and big windows we had plenty of natural light – perfect for examining fabrics.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger selves?
JS: You will never be ready – so do it now!
WD: Don’t be afraid to take educated risks
Favourite clothing brand
JS: I like Ralph Lauren, as it covers everything from smart to classic to vintage
WD: Private White VC
Favourite places to shop
JS: Mr Porter, Selfridges, Acne on Dover Street, Private White and Real McCoy’s in Covent Garden among a few
WD: Mr Porter, End, Selfridges, Crockett & Jones, Private White
Last fashion purchase
JS: I just bought a pair of Crockett & Jones shoes to go with a bespoke suit that’s currently being made
WD: Two T-shirts from Drôle de Monsieur and a shirt from Rag & Bone
JS: A big family get together holiday with 10 of us for my mum’s 70th in Devon
Last book you read
JS: Keith Richards’ autobiography
WD: A Man and his Watch by Matthew Hranek
Last film you watched
JS: Jaws, with a live orchestra
JS: Tennis coach
WD: I worked in a wine bar in Shenfield, Essex
JS: Professional tennis player or pro surfer
WD: F1 driver