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! With over thirty years experience as a cutter, Darren first learned his craft at Bowring & Arundel in Savile Row before progressing on to New & Lingwood, Dege & Skinner and Davies & Sons. He had long admired the work and authenticity of Budd and didn’t hesitate for one second when asked to join the team eight years ago. Darren has done much to pioneer the raglan sleeve and one-piece collar.
James was employed as Budd’s first bespoke apprentice in over forty or so 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, James thrived, to become an established shirt cutter in his own right, bringing a perfect balance of appreciation for the discipline of bespoke shirt cutting, combined with a forward-thinking approach that embraces his love for fashion and creativity. James closely follows and advises his customers on their shirting needs, but can offer a twist or subtle note of difference, something often seen in his own sartorial turnout./p>