Riding of the back of the Great British Bake off the BBC commissioned a similar program that focused on traditional crafts but this time centre around sewing and needlework. The competition that was televised featuring a team of amateur sewers all competing for the title of star sewer. They were given a series of task to complete testing their styles and technique. The show through them curve balls and also specified what material they had to use. The man in charge of the judging, a person who certainly knows his Farah Shirts such as the ones that can be bought at ejmenswear from his Saville Row suits, for which he is best known, was Patrick Grant.
Grant is a Scotsman and was born and raised in the Musselburgh region of Edinburgh. He benefited for a very good education. His Father managed bands and his Mother worked at Edinburgh University. He was sent to Barnards Castle boarding school in a move that he greatly welcomed. Family friends where nearby but its main draw was the sheer amount of Rugby that the school played. As he has admitted in his youth Grant was mad for Rugby and it almost seemed as if a career as a professional player might be on the cards as he represented Scotland internationally at under eighteen and under nineteen level but a serious injury to his shoulder illustrated a weakness that would only keep reoccurring so the young Patrick needed to reassess where his life was going to go.
After graduation he moved to North America where he took variety of jobs from ski instructor to model to even a nanny. He needed to something meaning full and he had always been keen and influenced by the fashion works of Pringle and Lyle and Scott, the slightly dapper and upper-class outfitter. Coming back to Britain in 1995 he began a career in marketing, but this was purely to build up savings as he studied for an MBA in Business with a study on how established brands can be new and profitable.
Taking a redundancy package from his marketing employee Grant saw an opportunity to purchase an old-line Norton and Sons that were int eh doldrums. They had diversified into the country sports market offering guns as well as country sports tours right when the country was turning its back on such things. Grant striped the business back to clothes and slowly turned the company around to relaunching its ready to wear brand to great success. He currently works for Barbour as an advisor but still makes the odd media appearance.