Paul Trible: CEO, Designer
Paul Trible grew up in southeastern Virginia and attended Washington and Lee University. After narrowly avoiding law school, he worked for the international non-profit Operation Smile, running medical missions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It was while working in Vietnam that Trible had his first encounter with a master tailor, an experience that left a lasting impression.
Trible went on to lead Operation Smile U.K., spending four years in London before heading to Oxford for graduate school. After a brief flirtation with the world of finance, he traded financial models for fabrics and spent a year apprenticing under one of London's premier shirtmakers before launching Ledbury.
Paul Watson: COO
Paul Watson grew up in New Orleans and attended Davidson College. After a brief stint at the White House, he served as a Country Liaison to the countries in Eurasia for the Defense Department. It was during his global travels for the Pentagon that Watson first noticed a serious need for an American shirtmaker, further confirmed after his move to England for business school.
Two years and a master's degree later, Watson convinced his new wife, Meredith, that a former government bureaucrat and non-profit worker could not fail as shirtmakers. The couple relocated to Virginia in the summer of 2009 to start Ledbury.