TWO friends who first met on the primary school playground have joined forces to launch a new internet business.
Solihull pals Christian Gould and Peter Hanson are now both 34 and living in London but when they discovered that both were facing the same shopping problems, they decided to do it themselves.
Their company Christian Hanson, which offers on-line bespoke tailoring for men’s shirts and ties, went live three months ago after 18 months of research.
“I worked in the City for ten years and was always finding it impossible to buy decent shirts. You can be paying £85 for a shirt and it still doesn’t fit properly,” said former St Peter’s schoolboy Christian.
“Pete and I are totally different shapes but neither of us could find shirts that fit. I am broader with a 19in neck so the sleeves are always too short and Pete is skinny so the sleeves are always too long.”
But it was not an easy task finding the ideal tailor.
“We must have spoken to about 50 different UK companies and it was really difficult finding what we wanted but we eventually did,” says Christian. “So far the response has been really positive, we have even had orders from Spain.”
And they are also proving to be popular with footballers with customers including Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher and Manchester United defenders Wes Brown and John O’Shea.
Christian is so determined to make their venture a success he has given up his job in finance to work full time on Christian Hanson.
And he sold a house he owned in the Selly Park area of Birmingham to fund it.
* To find out more, click on their website www.christianhanson.co.uk