Inspired by Tradition
Designed for Life
Made for the Man that Cares
Founded in 2010, Darzi was born from a desire to reinvigorate what for centuries has been a pre-eminent British export; namely expertly designed, beautifully made, functional outerwear.
Our starting point was to be the humble but arguably most versatile of traditional clothing layers, the gilet; also known as a vest or waistcoat in some parts of the world. Inspired by our travels and faced with the challenge of trying to find a financially viable manufacturing base, our original gilets were manufactured in Jaipur, India; a move that simultaneously informed the name of our brand, Darzi, which literally translates as tailor in Urdu. It also led to the early adoption of certain stylistic influences such as the classic Nehru collar which remain with us to this day.
These formative years gave us plenty to be thankful for, not least in strengthening our worldly outlook and ethos as a brand. Central to this ethos however has always been the desire to minimise our impact as a business on the planet, an aspiration which became increasingly at odds with the fact that we were making our products thousands of miles away from our home market.
In 2015 we therefore made the very conscious decision to bring the production of our clothing home to England. Since then all of our products have been made in the UK and today, together with our carefully chosen manufacturing partners, we endeavour to showcase the highest standards of British tailoring in support of its continuing renaissance.
And so here we are. A small British clothing brand with hopeful beginnings and humble aspirations. We can't say what the future holds but whatever happens you can be assured that we will continue striving to become what we set out to be; namely an exclusive destination for like-minded people who yearn for quality, unpretentious, everyday outerwear that reflects a spirited and timeless personal style.
Like most worthwhile endeavours, inevitably these things take time. We've made a start but as the old saying goes and as we occasionally have to remind ourselves, it's not so much the destination but the journey that counts. We do hope you will join us for the ride.
Ed & Alex