Richard Mackay is a man of tradition – working as a fourth generation draper in a family-run business that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
You only have to meet this dapper gentleman in his tailored tweed suit to see that he knows a thing or two about country fashion.
As Richard explains, a draper is one who fits clothing, while a tailor actually cuts the fabric. So when he meets a new client, Richard goes to work determining the cut, style, and material that will be most suitable. He then sources the best textiles, often tweeds and tartans, and oversees the production of the garment. Eight to ten weeks later, Richard reunites with his client to ensure a perfect fit.
Tweed has enjoyed a return to the style stakes in the past few years, bringing a modern edge to catwalks from McQueen to Chanel. It’s a fabric with heritage, craftsmanship and casual elegance, particularly when well cut. A long-time favourite with the country set, it also works well in town, whether worn to the office or with jeans at the weekend.
Country Ways knows this better than anyone and that is why they have teamed up with Richard Mackay Tailoring to offer his bespoke, made-to-measure services in-store. For information on dates that Richard will be in attendance and to book a personal fitting, contact Country Ways