While studying computing at Southwark College, he was introduced to cutting and designing clothes by his girlfriend at the time. Using his mother's old sewing machine, he started designing and selling clothes to his fellow students. At sixteen he sold his first collection to a menswear shop in Covent Garden, and by the time he was twenty-three, he had set himself up full time in business.
Boateng’s attention to detail and finish are most clearly demonstrated in his superb bespoke tailoring, for which he developed a stellar clientele. Today Ozwald Boateng’s distinguished and award winning designs are sold and celebrated internationally, and his unique approach to cut, colour, and detail has created a new look for men that is stylish and beautiful.
Boateng sees himself as more than a tailor, and more than a designer, so he coined the term 'Bespoke Couture' designing elegant clothing for men with distinctive and discriminating, edgy fashion tastes.
OB'S TIPS FOR MENS DRESSING
"The worst mistake you can make is wearing an ill-fitting suit. If you do it just looks rectangular.
"Soft collared shirts (collars without bones) are also a no-no, as are trousers with turn-ups.
"They break the line of the trouser and draw unnecessary attention to the trouser hem.
"It is always nice to see a bit of the shirt cuff from under the jacket and show that you are a true gentleman.
"If you want that Gentleman’s appearance you’ll need a well pressed shirt.
"With a shirt it’s all about the quality.
"A change of cufflinks can be used to easily change your look and say something different about your personality."
"And don't forget to always polish your shoes."
Ozwald Boateng Main Website