THE BEGINNING

We got our start on London’s Jermyn Street, working alongside Robert Emmett, one of the city’s finest shirtmakers. As a guide and a mentor, he taught us nearly everything that we know about shirtmaking. Before we set off to start Ledbury, he passed down some profound advice: “Be the best, make the best, and the rest will follow.” 

These words quickly became a guiding principle for our business. In order for us to be the best and make the best, we needed to surround ourselves with the finest craftspeople and artisans in the world.

That search led us to hundred-year-old textile mills and small European factories that have a generational understanding of quality and craftsmanship.

Over the years we have developed deep relationships with these men and women, who have become not only partners, but also colleagues and friends. Their background and their stories are important to tell. Their stories are the Ledbury story.

In 2015, we took the lessons learned from our European partners and revived one of America’s oldest bespoke shirtmakers in our hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Today, we carry on a century-old tailoring tradition in our Richmond workshop, where our master craftsmen make shirts by hand.

Rooted in tradition and set apart by innovation, Ledbury is defining the next generation of clothing brands. We’re on a mission to create the world’s greatest garments and the results speak for themselves.


PART 01 - FABRIC





The Pauls first met Silvio Albini in 2008 at a fabric fair in Paris. Silvio is a fourth-generation fabric maker from Bergamo, just northeast of Milan. His mill, Albini, is one of the most prestigious in Italy, and arguably in the world. There is a passion for quality and for continued innovation at Albini.


In truth, it exists at all of our fabric mills—whether it be Albini, Canclini, Tessitura Monti or Profilio. Quality and innovation are in their blood and it leads to a fabric that looks and feels like no other.






PART 02 - SHIRTMAKING





Our approach to production factories is much like our approach to fabric mills: only work with the best. The majority of our shirting is sewn in a small factory in northwest Poland. We are convinced that the people within those walls are constructing the finest shirts in the world. The founder of the factory, who has owned it for nearly 30 years, has become a mentor and friend. His philosophy: the key to longevity is quality.






PART 03 - SWEATERS





We knew that if we made sweaters they had to live up to one requirement: they must meet the standard that we’ve set with our shirts. The search for that level of quality took us to a small town just outside of Treviso in the northeastern part of Italy. There we met Alessandro, whose family has been making sweaters since just after World War II. Sweater-making, like shirtmaking, has not changed much in the last 100 years. It still takes great wool, precise looms and skilled handwork to turn out an exceptional piece.






PART 04 - SPORT COATS





Four generations of craftspeople have been stitching sport coats and suits in a century-old workshop in Mantua with a passion for the art of tailoring that can only be inherited. Working closely with pattern makers, we developed a fit that is modern in form. In terms of fabrics, we select wool, cotton and cashmere weaves from some of Italy’s most prestigious mills—Colombo, Cerruti, Zegna, and Loro Piana—that are producing quality fabrics immediately distinguishable upon sight and touch.






PART 05 - TIES





Starting out as shirtmakers, it felt very natural to branch out into making ties. Our search for the most well-constructed ties led us to the town of Como in northern Italy. The city's true specialty has always been silk, and in the 19th century, a number of small tie factories emerged to create ties near these great silk producers. The factory where each of our ties is made is just down the road from the 100 year old mill where the fabric is woven. Alfonzo, a third generation fabric maker in Como, helps us produce each Ledbury tie collection.






PART 06 - THE LEDBURY WORKSHOP





When we first set out in the clothing business, we knew that we wanted to be more than just designers. We wanted to be makers. In 2015, we took the lessons learned from our European partners and revived one of America’s oldest bespoke shirtmakers in our hometown of Richmond, Virginia.


Today, we carry on a century-old bespoke tailoring tradition in our Richmond workshop, where our master craftsmen make custom shirts by hand. This intricate work continually sharpens our craft and grounds our brand in the values that we believe are most important: quality and craftsmanship.





Rooted In Tradition

It takes the world’s greatest craftspeople to create the world’s greatest clothing.

THE BEGINNING

We got our start on London’s Jermyn Street, working alongside Robert Emmett, one of the city’s finest shirtmakers. As a guide and a mentor, he taught us nearly everything that we know about shirtmaking. Before we set off to start Ledbury, he passed down some profound advice: “Be the best, make the best, and the rest will follow.” 

These words quickly became a guiding principle for our business. In order for us to be the best and make the best, we needed to surround ourselves with the finest craftspeople and artisans in the world.

That search led us to hundred-year-old textile mills and small European factories that have a generational understanding of quality and craftsmanship.

Over the years we have developed deep relationships with these men and women, who have become not only partners, but also colleagues and friends. Their background and their stories are important to tell. Their stories are the Ledbury story.

In 2015, we took the lessons learned from our European partners and revived one of America’s oldest bespoke shirtmakers in our hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Today, we carry on a century-old tailoring tradition in our Richmond workshop, where our master craftsmen make shirts by hand.

Rooted in tradition and set apart by innovation, Ledbury is defining the next generation of clothing brands. We’re on a mission to create the world’s greatest garments and the results speak for themselves.


PART 01 - FABRIC





The Pauls first met Silvio Albini in 2008 at a fabric fair in Paris. Silvio is a fourth-generation fabric maker from Bergamo, just northeast of Milan. His mill, Albini, is one of the most prestigious in Italy, and arguably in the world. There is a passion for quality and for continued innovation at Albini.


In truth, it exists at all of our fabric mills—whether it be Albini, Canclini, Tessitura Monti or Profilio. Quality and innovation are in their blood and it leads to a fabric that looks and feels like no other.






PART 02 - SHIRTMAKING





Our approach to production factories is much like our approach to fabric mills: only work with the best. The majority of our shirting is sewn in a small factory in northwest Poland. We are convinced that the people within those walls are constructing the finest shirts in the world. The founder of the factory, who has owned it for nearly 30 years, has become a mentor and friend. His philosophy: the key to longevity is quality.






PART 03 - SWEATERS





We knew that if we made sweaters they had to live up to one requirement: they must meet the standard that we’ve set with our shirts. The search for that level of quality took us to a small town just outside of Treviso in the northeastern part of Italy. There we met Alessandro, whose family has been making sweaters since just after World War II. Sweater-making, like shirtmaking, has not changed much in the last 100 years. It still takes great wool, precise looms and skilled handwork to turn out an exceptional piece.






PART 04 - SPORT COATS





Four generations of craftspeople have been stitching sport coats and suits in a century-old workshop in Mantua with a passion for the art of tailoring that can only be inherited. Working closely with pattern makers, we developed a fit that is modern in form. In terms of fabrics, we select wool, cotton and cashmere weaves from some of Italy’s most prestigious mills—Colombo, Cerruti, Zegna, and Loro Piana—that are producing quality fabrics immediately distinguishable upon sight and touch.






PART 05 - TIES





Starting out as shirtmakers, it felt very natural to branch out into making ties. Our search for the most well-constructed ties led us to the town of Como in northern Italy. The city's true specialty has always been silk, and in the 19th century, a number of small tie factories emerged to create ties near these great silk producers. The factory where each of our ties is made is just down the road from the 100 year old mill where the fabric is woven. Alfonzo, a third generation fabric maker in Como, helps us produce each Ledbury tie collection.






PART 06 - THE LEDBURY WORKSHOP





When we first set out in the clothing business, we knew that we wanted to be more than just designers. We wanted to be makers. In 2015, we took the lessons learned from our European partners and revived one of America’s oldest bespoke shirtmakers in our hometown of Richmond, Virginia.


Today, we carry on a century-old bespoke tailoring tradition in our Richmond workshop, where our master craftsmen make custom shirts by hand. This intricate work continually sharpens our craft and grounds our brand in the values that we believe are most important: quality and craftsmanship.