“The name over that door in Tullow is known as far away as Alaska and what used to be known in the days of Robert W Service as the lonely Yukon Trail. And once, for an American on holiday in Ireland, the house of Johnson made two suits in three days. Yet this is not, by no means, the shoddy world of haste and the machine.” Hands 8: The Tailor.
Like their fathers before them, Michael and Robin Johnson work side by side in their tailor shop, outfitting customers from all over the world in handmade suits that make men look like kings. In this way their craft has been passed through six generations, each one striving to enhance the time-honoured skills of bespoke tailoring.
Johnson Tailor creates suits and clothing that stand the test of time. For over 150 years Johnson Tailor has passed from the nimble hands of father to the dexterous hands of son. Back in 1867 this journey began with the pioneering Mr. Johnson who started his tailoring business in this same premises. Specialty skills and lifetimes of knowledge have accumulated over six generations. From these roots to the present day, such vast experience has resulted in a particularly rare expertise. Johnson Tailor has featured in numerous articles and documentaries over the years, including the classic documentary Hands. A recent appearance on In Good Hands also rekindled the interest of a wider public. But many have admired and respected the Johnsons' work for years, including President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, who commissioned suits for his historic visit to Britain to meet Queen Elizabeth II in 2104.