I started my upholstery career at the age of 16 in Putney London as an apprentice where I served a five year apprenticeship learning the skill of traditional upholstery & furniture making. I then moved on to Clapham in London working again for a traditional upholstery shop. After a couple of years in Clapham, I decided it was time to start my own business so crossed the river and walked the streets of Fulham, Chelsea and Kensington in a quest to show examples of my work to interior designers, furniture shops and antique dealers. After feeling like I was falling on deaf ears, I gained interest for my work from a highly respected lady in the London antique furniture world who was willing to give me a chance to prove myself. The first chair I was given the opportunity to upholster and cover was a French traditional arm chair that they had had in their shop unsold for a number of years. I upholstered it with passion and determination, so that it would look more beautiful than any piece of furniture in their shop. Upon delivering the chair, as soon as I un-wrapped it in the shop it was bought then and there by a customer who was browsing in the shop. The pleased look on the shop owner’s face and the instant approval of the customer filled me with joy and satisfaction. I left the shop with another chair in need of re-upholstering and a smile on my face like a Cheshire cat. This chair was upholstered, re-delivered to the shop and sold. The next morning i was in my Battersea workshop and received a phone call from my new found client that a delivery of chairs from France was on the way to me that morning. The delivery turned up with my client’s business partner and the back of the van opened antique chair after antique chair was now being carried into my workshop. All of this furniture was upholstered and covered with the same passion as the first chair. Soon my phone started ringing, antique shop owners from the Kings Road, Pimlico and interior designers that I had been recommended to were requesting upholstery work to be done. A couple of weeks passed and my antique dealer friend offered me some space in her workshop studio in the Fulham gas works just off the New Kings Road that I could share with a sculpture. This was an opportunity not to be missed and so, at the drop of a hat, I loaded my car and crossed the river for good. Here, my workshop was on the first floor above Norma’s Canteen, next to Oasis Photography Centre, down the corridor from John Carters flowers, alongside James McConacky the sea-scape artist, across from Rachel Rowbart the fashion designer, below Rick Drummond the designer, above a team of TV set designers, across the yard to fashion photographers and surrounded by streets of the most amazing houses and furniture. I could not wait to start work. This experience and the enjoyment of the opportunity to work with some of the most important furniture and clients you could ever dream of working for. I had the opportunity for many years to work alongside the most interesting and creative people you could ever ask to meet. I use to walk down the Kings Road with Karen, my partner, regularly waving at shop owners, talking to my customers and grinning inside that nearly every other shop on the New Kings Road had a piece of furniture that I had upholstered in its window. Customers like Nicole Fabre antiques & fabrics, Julia Boston antiques, Johney Austin hand made furniture, Peter Hurford antiques, Manolo Blahnik and so on. As the years went on me and my partner Karen, who was my workshop helper between her day job decided to move from London out to the country. We stumbled across Tunbridge Wells, fell in love with the town and we opened our shop on Camden Road in 2003, allowing the public to come direct to us but still returning to London to collect furniture for my long standing clients. We have now had our shop for 16 years with 34 years experience upholstering furniture and have become busier and busier, setting the standard for quality, precision and inventiveness from restoring furniture to its original condition or using a mix of period furniture and modern fabric.