The Story of Johnson Tailors
Back in 1867 this journey began with the pioneer Mr. Johnson who started his tailoring business in the very same premise. For over 150 years Johnson Tailor was passed down from father to son and the tradition and skill of tailoring continued for six generations. From our roots to the present day, time and generational experience has given us knowledge and expertise. We create suits and clothing that stands the test of time.
Johnson's Tailors in Tullow was featured on the documentary In Good Hands. As a consequence of this they were visited by the President of Ireland and were commissioned to make bespoke suits for President Michael D Higgins for his historic visit to Britain to meet Queen Elizabeth the Second.
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Michael has worked as a tailor all his life starting his training with his Dad. He knows the measurements and fabric choices of all his customers. He is perfectly able to tell an amusing story while sewing in a button, all the while keeping an eye on the clock to see when his grandchildren will be popping in for a visit after school.
Michael trained in London and has a first class honours degree in cutting. He is known as the Presidents' Tailor, because he has dressed so many celebrities and dignitaries.
One of his favourite customers was also his oldest, a Mr. Burgess who was dressed by 4 generations of Johnson Tailors and ordered his last suit aged 105 years old.
Michael loves making suits that fit to perfection and having happy customers.
When not in the workshop you will find Michael on the golf course. Michael has the most extraordinary collection of pipes and is passionate about vintage cars. The vintage cars appeal because it’s all about the style and quality and just like the suits they are made to last and never go out of fashion.
Words of Wisdom
“Never call yourself an expert. I think of myself as a specialist.”
“I'm always excited about learning new things.”
The Young Lad
Robin has worked in the family business for over 20 years. Robin studied tailoring in Dublin and trained under the watchful eye of his father Michael.
Like his father, Robin has built up relationships with regular customers over the years, keeping pace with changes in clientele and adapting the business to the demands of the digital age. Robin is also an active and committed community member in his native Tullow. Whether it's assisting charities or supporting local sports, Robin likes to be involved. He has a passion for rugby and when he’s not wearing a suit you'll find him in a jersey.
The best part of the day?
“Going to work is great, each day is different, you never know who will be coming in the door, it is never dull and always rewarding.”
Robin regularly cycles for charity. He has trundled over many of Ireland's highways and bye-ways and is planning on a coast to coast trip next year.
What do men do wrong when choosing suits?
Robin believes that fashion should be an investment not an expense: “Quality is always better than the fashion of the day. Investing in a few good quality pieces is better in the long run and you will always be presented well. It is only expensive the day you buy it.”