Pattern Makers

Cut by hand

Developed new cutting/design/cloth ideals as well as researching vintage pattern process and developing heritage cloths for projects in the German, US and Japanese markets with the focus on modern body shapes and fit.  This is a follow on from PKH and KATO’ historical construction of patterns, garments and cloths

The idea is simple, ‘to cut patterns to fit the body’ that what the pattern cutter in my first job said, I was 12, working for my Dad, the Cutter looked old to me I didn’t care just wanted to make something…. his work still ring true, ‘simple idea, near impossible to do’ it was in the old Spirella Factory in Letchworth, hot summer day, in a room full of hot irons and broken sewing machines, the smell was wonderful, oil, cloth, steam and Player’s Navy cut…happy memories.

Any way that’s how it Started, We wanted to make patterns that worked, not just pushed out of a computer, something that had shape and life to it, so we looked to the past, real pattern making.With RD we offer a full service. From sketch to sample, if needed, we can offer advice on cloths, factories and trims, working with some of the best cloth house in the world and with an long relationship with Japanese cloth producers we can help on ALL aspects of garment development.  

With over 35 years, cutting and developing patterns with some of the best know brands (Cabourn, RRL, Levis, Kato Denim, B&A, Ships, Westwood..etc) and some of the bigger high street companies (C&A, Topshop, ASOS) we can produce patterns to suit.All cloths worked with, with extensive experience with denims and suit weight wool’s mainly men’s but we have also cut women’s of many of our customers.


Long Before ARN we worked for PKH in New York, building and rebuilding vintage garments, redlining and sourcing vintage clothing and denims then we moved to Kyoto, Japan, I was the only gaijin cutting patterns for niche denim market. we offer experience and understanding.