Stephen’s original background was in historic building conservation but after a lifetime interest in sewing and textiles, and several years of related courses, he decided upon a change of career. He began by running a small workshop taking clothing alterations and repairs. This progressed to making a ready-to-wear range of men’s and women’s garments using tweed produced by a small company in the Hebrides. A QEST Scholarship enabled Stephen to study at the Savile Row Academy, London. This unique training facility was initiated to preserve, teach and develop the historic skills of traditional English hand crafted tailoring at the highest level.