Riddle me this… William Skinner
Riddle chews the fat with the Managing Director at Dege & Skinner. Whisper it…. he does own a pair of jeans….
If you knew then what you know now… would you still do it?
Getting older and maturing, you obviously learn from any mistakes. I like to take the stance that life is too short and as much as I give the majority of things a lot of thought, you often find that your initial instinct turns out to be the best decision after all.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
If something is worth doing, it is worth doing properly.
Everything you do, no matter what it is, should always be completed to the highest standard possible. If you want to succeed in the world we live in, always try your hardest because in the end, that’s what will get you the results you desire.
What’s the weirdest rumour you’ve ever heard about yourself?
Well you’ve asked so…..someone once thought I looked like George Clooney!
What was your biggest break?
Meeting my wife Camilla. We operate as a team. To have someone you can rely on, who can offer 100 per cent support and advice undoubtedly helps. It’s invaluable.
Do you consider yourself lucky?
I’m aware that I’m very lucky in so many ways. Loving family being utmost and a career that certainly keeps me busy and enables me to travel. We have a lovely home and I’m very grateful for all that life has given, so far anyway!
What’s most important in your life?
My family and being able to have fun.
What brands do you admire?
I admire the success of the John Lewis Partnership. Loyal to their employees, a trusted brand offering viable careers to a team who deliver good customer service as they sell good quality products.
Do you have a guilty pleasure – if so what is it?
Time spent with my mates on a driving experience. I recently toured the Pyrenees, in a selection of amazing road cars, enjoying their drive power, at the same time as enjoying amazing panoramic views. All I need now is an Aston Martin!
Describe your personal sense of style.
Owner of a bespoke tailoring business, I’m conscious of what I wear. People have an expectation, they see me as a walking advertisement.
So during the working week, a “homemade” bespoke suit, shirt and tie are de rigueur. Socialising at the weekends I often wear a sports coat and collared shirt, normally with the Dege & Skinner label sewn in. I like to look respectable and am proud of what we do as a business.