Over the past decade Grant has brought two floundering Savile Row tailoring houses back to greatness. Last year he won a BFC/GQ Fashion Fund Grant and opened his first flagship for E. Tautz, on London’s Duke Street, around the corner from the 19th century label’s original store on Oxford Street.
With no formal training in fashion, he studied material sciences and engineering but launched himself into the industry while he was still in the middle of his MBA at Saïd Business School at Oxford. In 2005, he saw an advert in the FT for the sale of Norton & Sons, a tailor established in 1821 that had once dressed Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock and Kaiser Wilhelm I. Mortgaging everything he owned, Grant bought the company on a whim.
By dragging the tailor into the 21st century, Grant was able to pull it back to profitability. Bespoke business had tripled by 2011 and Grant was making his mark in the menswear world. Norton & Sons has since created tailored catwalk looks for the likes of Christopher Kane and Henry Holland.
In 2009, Grant expanded into ready-to-wear with the re-launch of another traditional London tailor, the then-defunct E. Tautz who once made clothes for Winston Churchill. A year later, Grant was awarded menswear designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards. Since then, Norton & Sons and E. Tautz have grown to have a turnover of more than £1 million (around $1.55 million) each year, and E. Tautz has collaborated with Christian Louboutin , Barbour and J. Crew .