100 Years of Heritage

An eye on the past
Hemingway tailors heritage
Toby’s tailoring family heritage dates back over 100 years ago when his Grandfather Isaac (Ike) Black worked as a master tailor in one of Leeds’ finest workrooms. In the forties and fifties Leeds was the hub of the textile and suit trade – and central to the vibrant industry was the Black & Luper family.
Owners of the largest single story factory in the country, Norman Black, Toby’s uncle and father, Stanley Luper, employed hundreds of staff at their Kirkstall Road site making garments for high-profile customers including Burberry and Burtons.

Toby started in the family business at the age of 19, selling his father’s redundant stock from a small rented warehouse by the river. However, he acquired a taste for tailoring at a much younger age whilst helping in his father’s factory at weekends and during the school holidays. It wasn’t all big business for the tenacious tailor, as his father greeted him on his first day at work with a broom and an instruction to sweep the warehouse floor. The idea was that in time, when Toby’s staff were doing any job within the factory, they would know that their boss had done this too.

This strong work ethic and being prepared to roll up his sleeves was a family trait and one that would see the company prosper for decades to come. Now trading under the company name Hemingway, Toby has combined the traditions and work ethic of his family with an individuality and commitment to customer service that his clients experience today.
Black & Luper Leeds Workroom

Black & Luper Showroom
Tailor hand stitching

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Simply put Hemingway are purveyors of luxury tailored clothing. Using traditional tailoring methods, we produce a range of bespoke and made to measure garments, including suits, waistcoats, overcoats and shirts, all of which are contemporary, perfectly fitted and of exceptional quality and value. Hemingway Tailors has been stylishly dressing its impressive global client portfolio since 2005. 
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