Flash back to 2007, I had just started working in an awful office job and hating every minute of it. After 3 months, I took a chance and applied for a job in Carter, which was then Belfast's premier luxury fashion store. I didn't expect to hear anything back, but to my surprise I was called for an interview by Andrew himself and I ended up working there for memorable 2 years.
Working with such amazing clothes helped shape my personal style and improve my product and industry knowledge and I got the chance to meet some fantastic people. Andrew was/is the go-to-guy for suiting in Belfast. Andrew's quiet confidence meant he not only knew the right fit, you would leave with your perfect suit and at least 2 shirts, a tie, socks and shoes.
Sadly Carter has since closed, but Andrew & Tim (who was then manager of the Lisburn Road store, previously working across London) have continued and improved on the premise of delivering classic, quality menswear with a wealth of experience and expertise to draw on.
|Cashmere for Christmas? You shouldn't have!|
|get some Peter Capaldi Dr Who style with a Crombie coat|
|notice the running stitch on the shoulders; this indicates a hand-finished suit|
|a shearling coat is a menswear classic|
In addition to all this, Andrew Watson Menswear is also the home of The Alteration Boutique. Ingrida is the stitch-witch; if she can't do it, it can't be done.
Have you any favourite independent menswear stores? Let me know in the comments and I might just pay them a visit!