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Millhouse menswear is considered a
dominant force in the regional fashion mar-
ket, and the name itself evokes visions of
elegantly tailored men s clothing. Since
Gregory Mills graduated from the Saville
Row Academy and his wife Coline Bap-
tiste-Mills graduated from the London Col-
lege of Fashion in 2012, the Millhouse team
has aimed to raise the bar in menswear.
Fit and functionality mean a lot to the
aspiring master tailor and his lead designer
wife. And their relaunch initiative, Made To
Measure, aims to showcase fine tailoring.
"The initiative is based on selling 150 suits,"
"We are undertaking a task that nobody
has ever done and we will be inviting 150
leading men to purchase a made-to-measure
suit from our Blue Label Capsule Collection.
We ve partnered with Brydens so they will
also receive a bottle of luxury alcohol and
an invitation for two to Millhouse s gala event
at Brian Lara s house on November 19."
What sets Gregory Mills apart from the
average tailor is his training at the Saville
Row Academy in London, attention to detail
and the understanding of every client s
anatomical differences. He says that it s no
longer about knocking out as many suits as
possible or measuring a guy and telling him
to come back in two weeks. The approach
starts with a consultation where he not only
finds out what kind of suit the person wants
but assesses the best way to make that suit
specific to the needs of the wearer.
As a tailor, he is able to reveal body dif-
ferences to clients, such as having one arm
slightly longer than the other, or their having
a curve in their back, or a "drop" in one
shoulder. When all these considerations are
factored in, the suit truly becomes an exten-
sion of the wearer.
"Part of the training I received was looking
at people and the way their clothes fit. So
it starts from the strength of your observa-
tions because that will inform recommen-
dations and overall fit," Mills said.
"The Saville Row experience for me was
one of culture shock in terms of leaving what
I knew behind and absorbing everything.
Everything I knew about making a suit has
changed and I can t go back to that old think-
ing---it s like learning a new way to walk.
Anytime I deviate, I start feeling uncom-
fortable. Imagine, on the first day I was given
a piece of cloth and was told I had to come
with a thimble.
"Normally, I don t use a thimble, so I had
to train my finger on a piece of cloth and
an unthreaded needle, just practising the
same thing continuously for a day and a half,
but eventually I got the hang of it. A lot of
emphasis was placed on the training of our
fingers. That is the foundation that is needed
in bespoke tailoring because 70 per cent of
a suit is done by hand."
When asked if graduating from institutions
like the London College of Fashion and Saville
Row Academy added a boost to their con-
fidence, his wife and partner Baptiste-Mills
said that certainly did.
"Our work can stand up to scrutiny. We
know what we are doing, we aren t just fig-
uring out things," Baptiste-Mills said.
"This is not about showing off, it s about
maintaining a professional focus. When it
comes to fashion, men have become more
engaging and selective with their own pur-
chases, what they want to look like and where
they want to buy, as opposed to women
doing it for them. Now, with online shopping
and the privacy of it, men are really getting
into doing their own thing and styling them-
Investment has been one of their greatest
challenges, as it is needed to push the brand
to make it palatable to the markets they want
"The government tries in their own way
in terms of education by facilitating sup-
portive industries (manufacturing, produc-
tion, graphic design, etc) that are linked to
the fashion industry, but not in any real tan-
gible or cohesive way to bring the result that
I know we have the potential for," Baptiste-
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redefining male elegance
Gregory Mills and Coline Baptiste-Mills, the
duo behind the clothing line Millhouse.
Pope Francis called on Tuesday for a
Catholic Church that is not cosseted,
self-centred and obsessed with power
and money, as he faces new challenges
to his financial reforms at the Vatican.
The Argentine pope, who made his
comments during a day trip to Tus-
cany, has recently been hit by a scan-
dal involving the leaks of documents
purporting to show resistance by the
Vatican s old guard to his reform ef-
Francis, who on Sunday vowed to
forge ahead with Vatican reforms de-
spite the leaks, issued his call for a dif-
ferent type of Church worldwide in a
speech to Italian bishops at their na-
tional convention, held every ten
His reforms at the Vatican have in-
cluded an overhaul of the scandal-
plagued Vatican bank to make its op-
erations transparent, giving autonomy
to its Financial Intelligence Authori-
tyin order to avoid interference by top
cardinals, and urging Church officials
to shun extravagant lifestyles.
Pope Francis: Catholic Church must change with the times, shun greed
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