Leicester tailor expands to London
A tailors is set to open a store in an exclusive area of London following a surge in orders from clients in the capital.
Tailoring UK, which is based in Leicester, will launch its new outlet in South Kensington in late November.
The expansion follows a successful summer for the business, during which it created a number of outfits for business-people based in London.
Owner and creative director Ketan Jethwa also confirmed he would be opening a new flagship store in Leicester's Granby Street early next year, in addition to its shop in Church Gate.
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The family business has made a name for itself making garments for the likes of former Leicester City and England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, former snooker world champion Neil Robertson and millionaire businesswoman Kavita Oberoi.
Mr Jethwa said: "Our new shop in London covers about 600 sq ft and is in a fantastic location, about 50 yards from South Kensington tube station and close to a Lamborghini garage.
"To date, we have had about 45 contracts from a mixture of corporate and private clients in London.
"The reception to our work in the capital has been tremendous, particularly when you consider the pedigree of the competition there."
Mr Jethwa plans to employ four tailors at the London store.
Tailoring UK, which has shops in Leicester, Cambridge and Derby, carries out work at its unit in Wheat Street, near Lee Circle, Leicester.
Mr Jethwa said: "Some of the work that comes from the new London store will have to be done there, but where possible we will using our Leicester facility because it is a hub for us and where we developed our product.
"The new flagship store in Granby Street will have a lot of garments on show, a lot of fabric.
"We will keep the Church Gate shop, because that stands on its own two feet."
Mr Jethwa said the new shop in Leicester would act as an outlet for another recent addition to the business, bridal gown service Jessica Farringdon Brides.
The business, which is set to turnover £700,000 this year, also carries out alterations through 25 branches of shoe repair specialists Timpsons.
Mr Jethwa said: "This is a busy but very exciting time for us, but I'm only 37 – I have got a lot of energy to keep going."