Tailors is no ordinary store. The business, set up by Matthew Wignall earlier this year, offers bespoke, high quality suits by day. But by evening, it transforms into a gin lounge with a 1920s theme. Ricky Charlesworth finds out more.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA?
I’m a tailor myself and I’ve been working in the fashion industry all my life.
Me and my partner decided that it was about time to open a shop of our own.
As well as offering high quality suits we wanted to try and be a little bit different and incorporate a bar into the shop aswell.
We wanted somewhere where people can come and be relaxed.
The idea is that we want to tie it the tailors with a 1920s-themed gin bar.
WHAT IS THE VIBE OF THE BAR?
It’s a really jazzy bar.
A lot of the time when people go into bars, they go on their phones - we didn’t want that.
So tere’s a lot of interaction here between the guests.
There’s art on the walls and clothes for people to try on if they wish.
It’s a relatively small space but you can get about 60 people in there and it’s a great atmosphere.
WHAT HAS THE REACTION BEEN LIKE?
We only opened around eight weeks ago but it’s been really busy.
We’re appointment-only in the daytime but at night the gin lounge opens and we get a variety of people and groups coming in.
WHAT SORT OF GINS DO YOU SELL?
We’ve got 20 gins on the bar.
We met with a distiller and his team, and they’ve crafted some really good flavours that focus on quality.
We also stock a selection of craft ales as well.
Tailors is located in the Grand Arcade, Merrion Street. Visit tailorsgin.com.