The Cutting Room
At The Heart of Budd
We cut all of our bespoke and made to measure shirts at our Piccadilly premises. We are one of the last remaining shirtmakers to uphold traditional shirt cutting practices, eschewing computers and shortcuts, to ensure that we have a personal handle on every element of what we do.
Our cutting team comprises of three wonderful gentlemen, all of whom followed traditional routes into their chosen field and all of whom share a love for what they do and the idiosyncrasies that come with it!
Head Cutter, Mr John Butcher is perhaps the most revered bespoke shirt cutter in the trade. A stalwart of Budd’s cutting room for over fifty years, he began his career as an apprentice at Edoardo & Butler at aged 16. Mr Butcher has cut shirts for a galaxy of individuals and has an unparalleled knowledge of cut, construction and cloth. His domination of the cutting room at Budd is displayed not only in the caliber of the shirts he cuts, but by dent in the floor, where he has stood at his board for half a century!
Senior Cutter, Darren’s infectious baritone laugh and convivial manner echoes through our premises at regular intervals! 2017 sees him celebrate thirty years as a shirt cutter. Darren followed a traditional shirt making apprenticeship into the trade, starting out at Bowring & Arundel in Savile Row before progressing on to New & Lingwood, Dege & Skinner and briefly Davies & Sons. He had long admired the work and authenticity of Budd’s work and didn’t hesitate for one second when asked to join the team seven years ago.
James was employed by Budd as the company’s first apprentice in over twenty years after Mr Butcher spotted his potential during a stint of work experience in the cutting room. Under the guidance of both John and Darren, he thrived, to become an established shirt cutter in his own right, bringing a perfect balance of appreciation for the discipline and tradition of bespoke shirt cutting and a forward thinking approach that embraces his love for fashion and individual creativity. James closely follows and advises his customers shirting needs, but can often offer a twist or subtle note of difference, something often seen in his own sartorial turnout.