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Bespoke tailor fan of PM's style
Timothy Everest
Mr Everest began his working life as a sales assistant in Milford Haven
As Gordon Brown makes his first parliamentary appearance as prime minister he might be wearing a suit by a Pembrokeshire-born tailor.

Timothy Everest from Haverfordwest has dressed Hollywood stars, the England football team, and politicians including Mr Brown and David Cameron.

Mr Everest began his working life as a sales assistant in Milford Haven but now sells his bespoke suits worldwide.

He described Mr Brown's look as "very practical".

"Someone like Gordon is no different to other people, I think he just likes to wear his clothes a little bit more comfortably than other people," Mr Everest said.

"He's quite knowledgeable about clothing in a way people wouldn't think - in that he has specific places he likes to shop historically."

We were purveyors of clothing to the local community as important as the local butcher or baker.
Timothy Everest

Of politicians Mr Everest added: "I'm not trying to put their politics into their suits, I'm only a tailor".

Based in an 18th Century house in Spitalfields in London, Mr Everest's original passion was to become a racing car driver.

But this was soon outlived when he realised that working the "back end of a two stroke engine" might not be quite as glamorous as fashion.

At the age of 17, he began working at a Milford Haven outfitters shop called Hepworths with his uncle.

It was here that Mr Everest said he learnt the basics of British fabrics, tailoring and craftsmanship before moving .

"We were purveyors of clothing to the local community as important as the local butcher or baker," he said.

"Most of my family are from, Pembrokeshire, around Haverfordwest, and most of the still live there to this day."

One of his bespoke suits takes between eight and 10 weeks to make and costs around 2,000. But Mr Everest said he would expect it to last for 10 years.

Among his list of clients, are Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Kevin Bacon and American hip hop artist Damon Dash.

He has 16 shops in Japan alone and intends to open a concept store in New York in October.


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