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With physiques that do not conform to traditional shapes and sizes of the average male, Gareth knows how to cater for bodybuilders’ needs to ensure a suit that fits perfectly. Several Bodybuilders spoke out about their experience with Gareth.


Mark Etherden has been competing in the British Championships since 1996:

‘I’ve been struggling for suits in the past but when I went to see Gareth it was brilliant. I’ve already recommended him and I will definitely get some more suits off him in the future.’


Aaron Hudson has been Bodybuilding since 2011 and has been training for 6 years. He first met Gareth when his wife picked up his card at a Bodypower expo ahead of their wedding.


Aaron talked about the fitting process and how an off the peg suit wasn’t an option for him:

‘He came down twice and he got my size. I would have looked an idiot! Anything off the peg isn’t big enough.’


Aaron also said how he would recommend Gareth to other Bodybuilders looking for a high quality, tailored suit:

‘Yeah I have done he’s absolutely great. He’s a really nice guy as well.’


After competing with NABBA and WABBA for 15 years, Super heavyweight Bodybuilder Martin Stevenson recalls his experience with Gareth:

‘I met Gareth at NABBA UK when he was on the opposite stand. I got chatting to him and he’s a really nice guy. I’ve already bought four or five suits off him.’


Martin also outlined how Gareth ensured he was given a professional look, whilst also highlighting the excellent service that Gareth provided:

‘I’m a business development manager at Mitsubishi and I have to look the part, I wanted to look like a professional and Gareth got that immediately’

‘As I have a busy schedule, what really impressed me about Gareth is that he’ll come and measure you. You don’t get service like that nowadays.’


Martin finally spoke about the great value for money Gareth’s suits were:

‘It’s a reasonable amount of money and top quality material is used to make the suits. I’ve recommended him to not only Bodybuilders but also close friends of mine.’


So if you’re an athlete or bodybuilder who struggles to fit in an off the peg suit, see how Gareth can tailor for your needs!

Dean Andrews- A BAFTA winning suit!


BAFTA winning actor Dean Andrews discusses his acting achievements, as well as his experience with Crown to Cuff’s Gareth Beckwith. Dean has starred in many hit TV series’ including Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Last Tango in Halifax and Buried; which won a BAFTA award for best drama series in 2004.


Dean revealed how he got into acting by luck but one opportunity led to many future acting successes:

‘Having never acted before I was auditioned for a film by the great director Ken Loach. After numerous call-backs I was given one of the lead roles in "The Navigators", after it premiered I was offered professional acting roles and the rest as they say is history.’


Dean then talked about how he always aspired to be a professional singer rather than actor when he was younger:

‘I never had acting role models as I only ever aspired to be a professional singer. My heroes were Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Bobby Darrin.’

After playing many different roles throughout the years, Dean highlighted that playing DS Ray Carling in both "Life on Mars" and "Ashes to Ashes" was his most enjoyable character role of his career. Dean also defined his feelings when he won a BAFTA, describing the event as ‘…an amazing night and of course very proud!’


Talking about his experience with Crown to Cuff’s Gareth Beckwith, Dean explained why he has chosen Gareth to tailor for every award ceremony he has attended including the prestigious BAFTA’s:

‘Gareth is everything you would want from a professional. His attention to detail is faultless and the end result proved that........ A beautifully made suit of the highest quality.’


Dean revealed that there will be another series of “Last Tango in Halifax” to be made in the future, which we will all be looking forward to seeing!

Creating a sharp, professional look!


At Crown to Cuff, Gareth understands the importance of your career and also the image that matches. With suits that ooze quality and sophistication, Crown to Cuff can support you as a professional, helping you stand out from the crowd. Several professionals praised Gareth and his tailoring service.


Harry Stoyles is a former firefighter who now works as a school councillor. Harry explained how he had never had a tailored shirt before, but with Gareth’s help and expertise it was a decision that Harry did not regret:

‘I’d never had a tailored shirt so I thought I’d give it a go, he came and measured me. I wanted a red shirt with a white collar and cuffs. I ended up buying 3 shirts off him.’


Harry then commented on how Gareth helped him at the fitting stage:

‘It was brilliant. He didn’t have any transport at the time but came to the house with a case full of samples, he was really helpful. He knew what buttons and materials would look good.’


Harry finally outlined why he decided to go with Gareth as opposed to buying from a shop:

‘I was being supportive of him. I liked the personal service; he came to us in our time.’

Let Us Tailor Your Big Day!


At Crown to Cuff tailoring, Gareth ensures that your wedding day will be a special one with quality, handmade attire for the groom and the guests. Some of Gareth’s customers discuss how he made their big days memorable:


John Barber explained how Gareth catered for his brother in law’s wedding day:

‘I met him as he’s a friend of my brothers. If we had any problems with the suits he sorted it out straight away, I’m getting married myself so I will definitely be using him for my suit.’


Martin Grandery described how both the fitting process and the home service Crown to Cuff delivered was exceptional:

‘He was very helpful, at every stage and every process. In fact he was more than helpful. We struggled to get the right material but Gareth went out of his way to sort it, It was brilliant. He turned up when he said he would and called in advance.’


Aslam Hanif highlighted the great work Gareth did for his son’s wedding day:

‘He did my son’s wedding at first and then did some other jobs for me, he came down to measure twice. He was really quick and it was great service. I recommend him to anyone in the world! He was absolutely brilliant.’


When Neil Blackburn’s two friends were getting married two years ago, Gareth catered for a party of 12. Neil first met Gareth through a bodybuilding friend who saw Gareth at a bodybuilding expo:

‘There were 12 of us who descended on Gareth, all to get measured and he really looked after us’


Neil went on to explain how Gareth’s outstanding assistance led to them remaining friends after the fitting process:

‘It was a really, really good service. He actually kept in touch with us on a social level. It looked so much better than an off the peg suit.’


Neil was then quick to recommend Gareth to others, whilst stating that he would buy more suits off him:

‘Oh definitely without a shadow of a doubt. I wear a suit for work and he will get repeat custom off me.’


So if it’s your wedding, friends or a family member’s, Gareth will ensure that you look spectacular for the big day, making this special day unforgettable. Contact Gareth (Contact details) to see how he can cater for your wedding.

Bradford Bulls and Bodybuilding


In this blog post, Crown to Cuff tailor Gareth Beckwith recalls when he first met Bodybuilding idol Gary Lister and also discusses his relationship with Rugby League’s Bradford Bulls.


Gareth first met Gary Lister at a bodybuilding show when he coincidently selected a stand alongside Lister’s main sponsors. After immediately being attracted to Gareth’s business concept, the sponsors encouraged Gary and Gareth to meet up. However, it was unbeknown to Gareth that ‘Mr Universe’ Gary Lister was guest appearing on the day. “He’s like David Beckham to a footballer in the bodybuilding world. “I was just in awe, I couldn’t believe it. I had no idea he was coming down. They introduced me to Gary and he’s a really humble guy and very softly spoken. When I shook his hand it buried my hand!” Crown to Cuff are now into their third year of sponsoring Gary.


“His name, his brand and his body reinforces what I’m doing that nobody else is doing at the moment.” Gareth also spoke about his experiences and ever growing relationship with the Bradford Bulls. He first met the Bradford Bulls when Jeff Banks asked him to measure them up for a Debenhams casual range: “I measured 9 of the Bulls players and 5 of the directors. It was great, it was a really fun day measuring them up and getting to pick bits of cloth. I’ve got really friendly with some of the players”


Gareth also expressed how working with the Bulls has driven his admiration for both them and the sport:

“I wasn’t massively into the Bulls but I am now. My girlfriend has been a Bulls fan forever and I think I’m going really get into the sport now off the back of this.”

Tailoring- It’s in the Blood


Bespoke tailor Gareth Beckwith discusses his tailoring background and wealth of experience in the industry. After studying Business, IT and Computing at school, Gareth realised he didn’t enjoy it and began to work in retail. He worked at Principles For Men in the suiting department and after enjoying this experience, he subsequently ran shops for the last 15 years until setting up his own business- Crown to Cuff, 12 months ago.

He also talks about his work with legendary fashion designer Jeff Banks. It was three years ago when Jeff approached Gareth to consult for him. At the start of last year Gareth gained permission off Jeff to start up a new business, using the name and brand of Jeff Banks.


“He’s very, very good. He gives me a lot of support, a lot of help, a lot of guidance and has taken me under his wing somewhat. Things have to be better than perfect and if they’re not he’ll tell you!”


Banks opened his first boutique- ‘Clobber’ in 1964 and has gone on to create his own fashion label, as well as introducing retail outlets in leading department stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Banks has also been the face for BBC’s ‘The Clothes Show’, where he presented over 320 episodes, often drawing in over 10 million viewers.


With Jeff on board, Gareth describes the tailoring opportunities that have been created by the influence of Jeff Banks:

“He opens up a lot of doors and puts me in the right room, at the right place with the right person. Without his name behind me and his confidence in what I do I would never be able to get anywhere with these people.”


Gareth revealed how past generations of his family were also master tailors- a fact he only discovered 8 years into his tailoring career. He found out about his grandfather’s tailoring history, in some of his old books. Gareth was then hit by another astonishing revelation, when his mother explained that her grandfather was also a master tailor.


“I opened the books up and there were pictures of jackets, trousers, shirts, line drawings, “I had no idea I came from a line of tailors in the family.”

Gareth explained his feeling of pride when he discovered his family’s tailoring history:

“It made me really proud. I just thought you know what I love what I do, I didn’t get pushed into what I did I made a choice to do it. Probably a little bit of fate pushed me in that direction,


“I love what I do, I’ve got a lot of passion for what I do and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”

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