The first festival dinner BTBA
Last week we attended the BTBA (bespoke tailors benevolent association) first festival dinner, a charity that is designed to look after those in the trade who fall on hard times. Geoff Wheeler, head cloth rep for English cloth house Dugdale Bros invited us to dine with them along with Steve Willis ( former cloth designer for domeuil and now head of cloth house YTC ), Alan McGurrell ( now retired tailor formally based in Stafford St. ), Richard and Paul of Choppin & Lodge, permanent style’s Simon Crompton and lucky enough for us The Rake magazines photographer Luke Carby ( thanks for the pics!! ). It was held in the merchant tailor’s hall, an amazing building located just off of thread needle street in the city of London. A A Gill was our guest speaker and he kept us all well entertained with his witty humour and funny stories of when he himself worked in menswear.