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Patrick grant designer Patrick grant(Born 1 may 1972)Is a british fashion designer and creative director of bespoke tailors norton sons of savile row.After taking over norton in 2005, he has been credited with rejuvenating the once ailing business.He relaunched e.Tautz sons as a ready to wear label in 2009, for which he was awarded the menswear designer award at the british fashion awards in 2010.During his time at norton they have clothed a number of notable public figures, including alexander mcqueen,  christian louboutin,  mumford sons and the duke of edinburgh. Grant was born in edinburgh, and educated at the edinburgh academy followed by barnard castle school in county durham.From the university of leeds and an mba from the sad business school, oxford.He worked in engineering before he entered the fashion business. Grant is a media figure in his own right.He has appeared on several bbc documentaries including savile row, the perfect suit. He is a judge on the television series, The Great British Sewing Bee.Grant explained that”My parents thought it would be better for me to be away from home.They have good friends who live not far from barnard castle and their two sons were there.So they knew the school and said it was good for rugby and i was mad on rugby. “ Whilst at Barnard Castle he represented Scottish rugby union at U18 and U19 level, although his rugby career was cut short by a shoulder injury. Grant lists his early fashion influences as Barbour, Burberry, Hunter, Lyle Scott and Pringle. Grant completed a degree in material sciences at the university of leeds in 1994. He chose an engineering degree because of”A fascination with how things are made”. His course included a year spent at the University of Orleans. After graduating, he moved to the United States where he worked as a ski instructor  as a councellor at a summer camp in Santa Cruz, as a nanny, a landscape gardener and a model agent. He returned to Britain in 1995 to take up a career in marketing, first at cable makers BICC and Corning, before moving to optical components manufacturer Bookham Technology in 2000. From 2004, Grant studied for a MBA degree, funded by Bookham, at Sad Business School, University of Oxford, where he was a member of New College. His thesis, completed in October 2005, focused on the regeneration of luxury fashion brands such as Burberry, and was titled”Is burberry’s formula for brand revitalisation replicable? “. Whilst at sad in 2005, grant learned that norton sons was being advertised for sale by the granger family. In order to pursue the sale, he accepted voluntary redundancy from Bookham.He was surprised at how low the asking price was, commenting: “You could pay more for a car.We’re not talking millions but hundreds of thousands of pounds. “ Grant was able to afford the business by selling his house, his car”And everything else”As well as borrowing from a bank and raising money from friends;Two former oxford classmates, friends from leeds, and his former chief executive at bookham. The deal was completed in December 2005. Grant has described how: “It was a business in terrible shape;A wonderful artisanal tailor not making the best of its assets”. Over three years, he managed to rejuvenate the business by focusing on its heritage and increasing innovation and enthusiasm among management. The company had attempted to diversify by selling guns and offering sporting tours;Grant re concentrated the business on tailoring. By 2011, Norton’s customer base had increased from around 20 customers in 2005, to several hundred, tripling the number of suits made. The business made a small profit in 2010 and tripled revenue, which now approaches 1 million a year. In 2013 he was made an honorary professor in business at glasgow caledonian university. E.Tautz cheap christian louboutin sons Further reading:E.Tautz sons http://www.yali.com.au/ Grant relaunched the defunct norton subsidiary e.Tautz sons in 2009 as a ready to wear brand.He has appeared in gq’s 50 best dressed men and esquire’s most stylish man in the world. He has appeared as a guest on BBC television and radio programmes, such as Breakfast, Countryfile and Steve Wright in the Afternoon.In 2013, grant was a judge on the great british sewing bee, a bbc television series. The dbut series regularly attracted audiences of over 2.5 million, and a second series has been commissioned.Grant lives at Three Mills in Bromley by Bow, East London. He maintains a studio in Wapping. Since 2012 he had maintained a small cottage in the village of Great Tew in Oxfordshire. Since 2007 his girlfriend has been katie hillier, who is the creative director at marc jacobs. First living in Maida Vale after buying Norton, Grant later moved to Hackney with Hillier and the designer Markus Lupfer before moving to Bow, where Hillier also stays when she is in London. His mother still lives in Morningside and his father lives in the Scottish Borders.Hidden categories:All articles with dead external linksarticles with dead external links from january 2014pages using citations with accessdate and no urlarticles with dead external links from december 2013articles with hcardsarticles using fixed number of columns in reflist
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