Shirtmaker Emma Willis welcomes new cutters and seamstresses to Gloucester townhouse

Brogan McGurk
Emma Willis new recruits

Shirtmaker to the stars, and to royalty, Emma Willis has welcomed new cutters and seamstresses to her production team in Gloucester.

Brogan McGurk from Gloucester, trained at the London College of Fashion as a bespoke tailor. With 10 years of experience under her lapel, she has joined Samantha Wakely in the bespoke and made to measure cutting room.

Emma Willis Sui MeiSui Mei is a highly experienced seamstress who worked in the Hong Kong Theatre for many years making costumes.

Dan Hallam has joined the ready to wear team. Dan has ‘bravely’ joined a company of 28 women and just four men. Emma Willis Dan Hallam

Jennifer Priestley has worked in many areas of pattern cutting and sewing including, by co-incidence, making costumes for the Hong Kong ballet.

In January this year, Emma bought the elegant 18th century townhouse she and her team of cutters and seamstresses have called home for the last eight years.

The business moved into the building, a classic Georgian style property with views of Gloucester Cathedral and its historic docks, in 2014.

Last year it attracted a visit from HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Prince met staff; cutters, seamstresses and pattern makers including those who had trained under the company’s Conde Nast Sewing Scholarship set up by Emma and Conde Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse, an earning and learning project teaching young people to sew, creating rewarding jobs and vital to the future of the UK’s fashion industry.

 

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