Located on Cheshire Street just steps away from Brick Lane, you’ll find Ben Lawrence, a bespoke gentlemen’s tailor and shirt-maker shop. Founded by Ben Wheeler and Stephen Lawrence Garvey, the duo create unique, modern garments that incorporate Italian and British tailoring. In addition to their quality menswear creations, their relaxed atmosphere sets them apart from other tailors – they even stock beer in the shop!

How did you get started?

Steven and I met at university, we both studied fashion design and menswear, and we learned tailoring through the years. About two years ago we decided to go our own way and create our own tailoring company.

What attracted you to this location?

It was a mix of things, we’re very near to the financial district and city professionals, but the area is also really quite a creative hub so it allows us to blur the two together. This shop came up and we loved the front and the street as well – it’s a very independent street. It’s the perfect shop for what we do. We get a nice mix of clients which is great.

Are there any particular local businesses that have supported you that we can give a shout-out to?

Cheshire Street as a whole. Everyone on this street is a little bit of a community and supports each other. We all look out for each other and send people to each other’s shops. 

Do you have a favorite local business?

Forest Road Brewery – we’re friends with those guys. We met them in a pub and they like to drink!

What does the future look like?

We’ll take it as it comes, I think. We just want our shop to thrive and to meet new people, new clients. We’d also like to bring in a bit more of a ready-to-wear collection. The idea is to be able to fully style a gentleman’s wardrobe – not just suits. 

Why did you join Colu?

We joined for the opportunity to be part of a network of local businesses. I use the app myself and it’s been good. I’ve been able to use the ten percent extra on top-ups wisely, so I like to pass it onto our customers.If your seeking quality menswear – or just curious about Ben Lawrence’s tailoring process – stop by the shop and say hey today! Follow them on Instagram to see what they’re up to next!