Patrick Grant is the owner and Creative Director of E. Tautz who Kirk Originals have collaborated with on sunglasses and eyewear collections over the last 2 years. The Kirk Originals glasses have appeared in the E. Tautz catwalk shows at London Collections Men, now re-named London Fashion Week Men’s and can also be found in the E. Tautz store in Duke Street in London’s Mayfair, close to many other great menswear stores like Private White VC, AMI, Thom Sweeney and The Shop at Bluebird. Patrick is also the driving force behind Norton and Sons, the Savile Row tailor he bought which brought him into the menswear arena, and now has also launched Community Clothing which aims to boost British manufacturing during quiet spells including Cookson and Clegg the ex-military clothing factory in Blackburn that Patrick rescued as part of his commitment to “Made in Britain.”
Patrick took a roundabout route into design, is a very busy man and hard to pin down, so we asked him some quick questions about his very early days to find out if style had always been consciously part of his life.
Do you remember the first item or moment that really sparked an interest in clothing and style for you?
“Not really a specific item. Looking back on it I was always interested in how I looked. I remember being really fussy about my school uniform looking just right, everything had to be neat and tidy, I was very proud of it.”
What was the first piece of clothing you saved up to buy yourself?
“I remember telling my parents I was going to buy my own clothes at a very early age, and I remember my godfather taking me shopping for clothes aged about 13 or 14. So I guess, maybe buying a pair of Herringbone tweed pleated trousers from Next, which was a big deal in Edinburgh in the mid 80’s.”
Who did you look up to or admire from a stylistic point of view?
“All sorts of people at various different times. I was pretty jealous of the gear the Hibs casuals wore in the mid 80’s, lots of classic British Menswear labels. Then my girlfriend at schools older brother, who was a DJ in Newcastle in the late 80’s, he was the first person I knew with denim flares and Air Jordan’s.”
As you have forged your career in clothing and design do you consciously look back and reference your younger days?
“We’re referencing a lot of 80’s pieces at the moment, things I really wanted when I was younger but couldn’t afford, or didn’t have the bravery to wear in Edinburgh as a kid.”
What was your style like in your younger days?
“I went through all sorts of different phases. Preppy, Sloaney, American Sporty, Rave. Thankfully long before the days of digital cameras.”
What did you want to be when you grew up?
“A vet then a wildlife cameraman.”
Where did you grow up and was there a local style?
“I grew up in Edinburgh, the look was predominantly a Scottish version of Sloane, and the Casuals.”
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