Tailoring business opens base in the heart of Leeds

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FEW teenagers can claim to have inspired a tailoring business which aims to create waves on Savile Row.

In 2010, during the darkest days of the economic slump, Scott Hufton decided to establish a tailoring business with a distinctive name.

He decided to dedicate the business to his son, Owen, who is now 14. The business - which was given the name Owen Scott, in honour of father and son - continued to grow at a time when many companies were collapsing. The bespoke tailoring business has expanded its Yorkshire-based empire with the opening of a new shop in Leeds.

Following the success of their Huddersfield shop, owner Mr Hufton and his business partner Andy Littlewood, have established a new store in Leeds’ Central Arcade and are hoping to target the city’s business men.

Mr Hufton said: “Yorkshire is renowned for its excellence in tailoring and high quality fabrics. Our Huddersfield shop has been hugely successful, with year-on-year growth since we launched in 2010, and over the past 12 months we’ve seen an increasing number of men from Leeds using our services for their tailoring needs. This growing demand, plus the fact that Leeds is the UK’s second largest financial district outside of London, led to our decision to open a shop in the city. “Our aim is to bring Savile Row quality to men in Leeds at a more affordable price – without any difference in the quality of fabric and finish.”

Owen Scott offers off-the-peg suits and a suit hire service, with a range of dinner suits, lounge suits, morning coats and neckwear available to lease. The business, which has five staff and had a turnover of around £214,000 last year, also offers a range of shoes, ties, accessories and shirts. Each garment is tailored by Mr Hufton and Mr Littlewood using Huddersfield cloths from mills and merchants, including Dugdale Bros, Taylor and Lodge and Scabal. The duo will be taking their tailoring service to Leeds’ business people over the next two months. They are staging a portable tailoring tour and visiting companies across the city. When he’s a little older, it’s hoped that Owen will play an active role in the company which carries his name.

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