Hello & Welcome to Louie Thomas Menswear
My name is Kate French, I launched Louie Thomas Menswear in November 2010.
I have worked as a Fashion and Jewellery Buyer for the past 10 years. I have had a successful career working for companies including London's most famous department store, the global luxury shirt brand and today I still work on a consultancy basis for various luxury brands.
The biggest question I get asked? Why Menswear?
The answer is simple, there are not enough stores on our high streets or online specialising in unique clothing and gifts for gentleman.
I have been brought up in a close knit male dominated family and my biggest fashion inspiration is my grandfather whom Louie Thomas is named after. As a little girl I remember being fascinated by my grandfather's silk scarves, tie pins, braces, all things that seemed so unusual back in the 1980s. My grandfather has never worn a pair of jeans in his life nor will he pop to the corner shop in anything more casual than a button down collar shirt.
It was no surprise to my family when I begun my career in Jermyn Street, London.
I have a passion for sourcing and designing products to keep gents looking smart yet comfortable. Gifts that are different yet appreciated by the recipient. Looks that aren't seen everywhere but are desired by many.
I launched Louie Thomas to build a brand that can be one stop, one shop, no fuss for gentleman.