A man who knows his way around a suit is a great thing, but one who designs them is even better. Ozwald Boateng is one of those men, known worldwide for putting his own spin on the traditional world of British tailoring. He is truly a design phenom, opening his first shop on Savile Row at the young age of 23.

Ozwald was born in North London, though his parents emigrated from Ghana in the 1950’s. Tailoring was in his blood, as his mother was in the fabric trade in Ghana and carried her skills to London, where she became a seamstress. At age five, she gave Ozwald his first suit, sparking his interest at an extremely young age. He always adored the suits his father wore and he tried his first hand at design, getting a summer job sewing the lining into suits at age 14.

Ozwald made a bold move in his studies and decided to switch from I.T. to majoring in fashion and design. His hard work paid off and he was the first tailor to stage a fashion show at Paris Fashion Week in 1994. Under the mentorship of Tommy Nutter due to the popularity of his show, he opened his very own boutique on Savile Row, which is a feat not achieved by many. His youthful spirit and modern approach gave the centuries old shopping street a new spin, garnering a slew of younger clients. His other accomplishments include serving as the Creative Director of Menswear for Givenchy from 2004 to 2007, designing costumes for films including Tomorrow Never Dies, Sex and the City, Oceans 13, The Matrix and more and having his very own Sundance Channel documentary produced by Robert Redford. You can see him on the red carpet and at high-profile events worldwide wearing his amazing suits, whether it be fitting Diddy or chatting with Queen Elizabeth. The sky is the limit for Ozwald and we truly cannot wait to see what move he makes next.

Visit www.ozwaldboateng.co.uk for more information.

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-Faith Cummings

 

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