That Dapper Chap Meets Patrick Grant

Craig meets business man, designer and TV personality Patrick Grant

With five successful business and a number of awards under his belt along with a BBC television series, Patrick Grant is a force to be reckoned with in men’s fashion. What made him buy failing business Norton & Sons, Did he really work as a nanny? Can he knit? What’s his favourite piece from the current Hammond & Co collection and will The Great British Sewing Bee move to Channel Four? Find all this out and more.

Myself and Patrick Grant with some of the new collection for SS18

After browsing what Debenhams has on offer for next year while Patrick finished his coffee and a phone call, it was time to pose some questions.

TDC “We’re at the Debenhams SS18 press day to see the latest collection from Hammond & Co, but before Hammond & co, you’ve had a few other jobs: Ski instructor, model and Nanny?”

PG “I actually wasn’t a ski instructor, I worked at a Ski resort. I worked at the hotel and at the bar in Vale in Colorado”

TDC “I was thinking that you must have been great at Skiing to become a Ski instructor!”

PG “I was pretty good at Skiing. I started skiing about seven. In Edinburgh there’s a dry slope just up the road from where my parents lived so all Edinburgh school kids learned to ski at an early age. Yes, I was a Nanny, I worked at a kids summer camp during the summers, so I spent two summers working at Santa Cruz in California on a kids summer camp and after my second summer there I got a job nannying for one of the families whose kids were at the camp”

Patrick Grant wearing Hammond & Co

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Eden Park and the England Rugby Squad

Craig meets luxury clothing brand Eden Park, and interviews England Rugby star George Ford

About Eden Park

Eden Park’s story began in 1987, when two international rugby players, Franck Mesnel and Eric Blanc, from one of the most prestigious clubs in the world – the Racing Club de France – decided to create a luxury, ready-to-wear brand.

In line with the creative approach taken by sports personalities, the founders have imposed their own brand of attitude, blending elegance with fashion. With a taste for the unconventional and a keen eye for detail, they developed an inimitable Eden Park style, its iconic piece being the rugby jersey in all its forms and colours.

Easily recognisable whether by the emblematic logo – the pink bow tie – or distinctive graphic identity and colours, the label’s creations are diligently worked in order to ensure that they remain faithful to their roots.

Being the official formalwear providers for the England Rugby Team, Eden Park has it’s roots firmly planted in Rugby soil. I got to catch up with its Brand Ambassador George Ford at the stunning Pennyhill Park Hotel in the beautiful Surrey countryside. View Post

Meet The Cordial Churchman

Eldred Grove interviews Ellie founder of The Cordial Churchman, makers of fine bow ties and accessories

Blogger interviews mens accessory brand The Cordial Churchman
Me wearing a floral bow tie by The Cordial Churchman
A while ago I was contacted by Ellie of the Cordial Churchman. She had spotted me on Instagram wearing a bow tie, and got in touch about her business and incredible range of bow ties. Before long I was sporting a beautiful floral bow tie of theirs made from Liberty of London print which I proudly sported for a shoot for the London College of Fashion. With that said, allow me to introduce you.

When did The Cordial Churchman start?

In June of 2009, I made a bow tie for my husband, Andy out of some leftover seersucker, a popular fabric here in the South, it turned out pretty nice and we started offering them through my blog at the time and to our surprise, they actually sold!  We made seersucker and madras bow ties throughout that summer and in the fall we transitioned into velvets, wools, and silks and it’s been going strong ever since.

Mens fashion blogger talks to The Cordial Churchman about bow ties
The Corbin bow tie from The Cordial Churchman

What was the inspiration for the business?

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