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Meet The Craftsmen: Dege & Skinner

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Meet the Craftsmen

Next in our Meet The Craftsmen series we meet William Skinner, managing director of family-run tailoring house Dege & Skinner. Located in the world-famous Savile Row and established in 1865, Dege & Skinner is the only tailors to have a permanent shirt-cutting service based in the shop and celebrates its 150th anniversary next year. We spoke to William to find out more about his Christmas traditions....


Christmas is all about the children and family values; keeping the children's imagination going with Father Christmas, log fires, champagne for the grown-ups, eating heartily and enjoying board games. The Queen's Speech is a must..wrapping paper everywhere..the look of excitement on the children's faces as they unwrap the best gift ever! Church and falling asleep with a full tummy of food and goodly amount of Claret.

My Mayfair Christmas highlights has to be the Christmas lights. I love shops that are colourful and festively decorated, a beautiful sight and most definitely gets me in the Christmas mood..the bustling streets of people doing their Christmas shopping..the bars and restaurants busy with customers celebrating the Christmas Season as they take a break from shopping.

Every year, the time consuming, but nevertheless necessary and appreciated sending of Christmas cards to all my supportive customers and suppliers is a must..and on a personal note..the one way of touching base with old friends. A Christmas card continues the friendship.

My top Christmas tip? Always make sure the fridge and wine rack is well stocked, just in case of friends dropping in unexpectedly.

After a long day in the office, I like to relax, spend time with the family..enjoy a slower pace of life for the days surrounding Christmas..walking the dogs, having a pint by the fire at the local pub, jigsaw puzzles, fire burning and resting after a busy year travelling and on Savile Row. Watching a James Bond Film and nearly always, The Great Escape!




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