'Retail was very different back in 2003!' Alan Richardson, our Buying Director, tells us. 'I'd always been in menswear but come January that year I wanted to step back to a situation which felt more me.'
In one of Alan's favourite films - Field of Dreams - the words 'if you build it, they will come' resonate in the mind of Ray Kinsella and this has certainly been the case with Tailor at the Tannery.
'Having come across the site that spring, I suggested it to a friend, who'd been looking for a space to set up shop. Yet after some thought I decided I'd give it a go myself. The first item I ever sold was a t-shirt priced at £39, at four o'clock on Friday the 19th of November. It was a pivotal moment, I gave the guy a can of beer with a big smile on my face.'
Alan jokes that you can call him a magpie if you want, (he's been called much worse) but he knows the world of fashion inside out and his regular customers will certainly agree.