LOUIS GWATKIN is a Savile Row trained suit & shirt maker.
His client list at his bespoke tailoring firm in Johannesburg included the who’s who of bankers, industrialists, lawyers, stock brokers, advertising executives.
And anyone who likes to dress well & with style.
Louis had retired to live in Cape Town.
comment by a forum member on askandyaboutclothes.com Feb 8th 2006
“[in Johannesburg] there is a very decent bespoke tailor & shirt maker called Louis Gwatkin. He has been known to be recommended by Kilgours. … an old Savile Row gent …”
DAVID ELTON loves good shirts – enough to decide to make them.
He’d been a client of Louis in Johannesburg and enticed the “old Savile Row gent” to a meeting.
Louis was adamant he’d retired.
Over a few generous glasses and much discussion, they agreed to make top quality men’s shirts.
Every Louis ii Shirt is individually hand cut. ALAN INGLIS, chief cutter for Louis ii Shirts has been in the clothing industry for over 40 years, the last 29 years exclusively in shirt making.
He began his career as a learner cutter with 4 years of training followed by 25 years of cutting experience.
No short cuts there (if you’ll pardon the pun.)
Left, a dress shirt Louis made for David – 25 years old, still beautiful. (The shirt, that is.)