JOURNAL
Gary Shepherd, Hope Valley, Derbyshire
Words & photography: Lee Osborne @sartorialee
His premises may be pint-sized but Gary Shepherd is a proper old-school bespoke tailor, based in the hamlet of Calver in the picture-perfect Peak District. Built out of local stone with a slate roof laid by Gary himself, the cottage-style atelier sits neatly on a triangular-shaped plot on the road between Baslow and the village of Eyam (where the plague was spread unwittingly by a tailor’s cloth sent up from London in 1666).
Shepherd is one of a rare breed of tailors who only have an address and phone number to their name, no website or social media presence. Dressed in pink shirt and burgundy polka dot tie, wife by his side, Shepherd is smiley and softly-spoken, a sleeves rolled-up and hands on hips kind of guy. The deft artisan plied his trade initially working for a uniform manufacturer, before setting up on his own in the idyllic Hope Valley, an area blessed with some of the finest vistas and most picturesque villages in the country.
Besides taking on tailoring commissions and alterations for both men and women, Gary still puts skills gleaned from his uniform apparel days to good use and was recently commissioned to create a High Sheriff outfit for Lord Burlington of Chatsworth House, the prestigious stately home close by. What they lack in online presence G.A. Shepherd more than make up for with a plethora of glowing Google reviews (if only they knew). As one of Gary’s loyal customers puts it, he is “A rare treasure to find, someone that can make you a great suit or jacket in the provinces at an affordable price.”
“the cottage-style atelier sits neatly on a triangular-shaped plot on the road between Baslow and the village of Eyam (where the plague was spread unwittingly by a tailor’s cloth sent up from London in 1666).”
Main Street, Calver, Hope Valley,
S32 3XU;
Tel: 01433 630560