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Scots entrepreneurs return home to expand bespoke tailoring business



Calvin Smith and Ryan Smith

Scottish entrepreneurs Ryan Smith and Calvin Smith, founders of bespoke tailors Suited & Booted Dubai, have returned to Scotland to launch their first store in the country.

Ayrshire-born Ryan teamed up with Edinburgh pal Calvin in the UAE to establish the brand in 2017 after identifying a gap in the region for a premium bespoke product combined with an exceptional customer experience.

Seven years later, Suited & Booted is now well established in the Middle East and the duo are bringing it home to Scotland, with a planned Glasgow store opening this summer.

Located on Montrose Street in the heart of the Merchant City, the 3300 sq ft store will offer an extensive range of bespoke tailored garments for both men and women, plus a diverse range of ready-to-wear suits – a first for the brand.

The boutique will be run by managing director Dillon Arthur and store manager Michael Dixon, who will manage day-to-day store operations.

Commenting on the expansion, Ryan said: “Our concept has thrived in the UAE – we are extremely proud to have built such a strong brand presence in the Middle East but our dream has always been to bring the brand to the UK and shake up the suiting market.

“With our years of experience in bespoke tailoring, it was important for us to bring the highest level of quality and craftsmanship we possibly could to the collection offered in Glasgow. This collection has been carefully curated over the past five years in collaboration with the top suppliers globally.”

Calvin added: “From the outset, our brand statement has always been ‘changing the way you experience tailoring’.

“We’re extremely excited to launch this concept in Glasgow this summer, and bring something completely new to Scotland.”

The store fit out is by Dickson Joinery, with bespoke interior design by Lucid Designs.

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