Q&A: Discover the Leeds shop that is a tailors by day, gin lounge by night

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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.