My good friend George Dyer, who has died quickly of a heart assault aged 67, was a single of the UK’s most celebrated bespoke tailors. George established up his very small tailoring shop, Threadneedle Guy, on Walworth Road in south London in the mid-1990s. His talent for generating extremely classy fits, trousers and shirts helped him attract a loyal clientele that came to consist of many superstars – Paul Weller, Martin Freeman, Ray Winstone, Suggs, Bob Hoskins and David Haye all wore suits George created for them, How News Today.

In excess of the a long time George became a little something of a regional hero: he appeared as a Listed Londoner on Robert Elms’ BBC London radio clearly show and was interviewed by quite a few publications and area papers. George welcomed all people into his store, stating “all my shoppers are celebrities” when asked who his most current famed consumer was.

George was born in the smaller city of Chocolate Gap, in Saint Elizabeth parish, Jamaica. His father still left for Britain whilst he was a child and his mother followed a yr later, George being elevated by the prolonged spouse and children. Aged 4 he was despatched for and arrived in London in 1959 to live with his moms and dads in Peckham, south London, How News Today.

George’s favorite memory of his college times included Johnny Nash and Bob Marley actively playing a cost-free lunchtime live performance at Peckham Manor school in March 1972. George then appreciated kicking a football around with Marley. George shared his memory of this day in the 2020 BBC documentary When Bob Marley Came to Britain.

Rock of Eye, a 2012 portray by Ed Grey of George Dyer at get the job done in his tailoring shop, Threadneedle Gentleman, on Walworth Road in south London. Photograph: Ed Gray Artwork

On leaving college, George worked for Tesco and was then apprenticed as a tailor for Dombey & Sons, a chain of men’s outfitters. He worked in their Fleet Road outlet just before currently being despatched to Brixton and then Peckham. Whilst informed that there was fewer and a lot less operate for bespoke tailors, George, self-assured in his expertise as a cutter, decided to set up store. He opened Threadneedle Guy and, for the first a few many years, struggled to create himself, taking on any kind of do the job, How News Today.

At the time word acquired about that George knew how to make a traditional “mod” accommodate, enterprise started to growth and he was feted by numerous – in 2012 the painter Ed Grey developed a big canvas of George at perform alongside the author Mark Baxter, his close friend.

George possessed a clever, variety disposition and it was a pleasure to chat with him about all fashion of topics. He was a self-confessed workaholic who liked his trade and mentioned that he would proceed creating apparel as prolonged as he could – and so he did.

He is survived by his wife, Colline, daughter, Deniece, granddaughter, Isla, and 3 sisters, Shirley, Jeannette and Sherene.

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