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Walter Beauchamp

Pedro Mendes and Terry Beauchamp detail the hundred-year history behind Toronto's oldest custom tailors.

Pedro Mendes and Terry Beauchamp

As one of the country's oldest custom tailors, Walter Beauchamp Tailors has nurtured a unique civilian and military tailoring business for over a century. Owned and operated by three generations of the Beauchamp family since 1908, the company appeared on the brink of permanent closure in 2014, but its renaissance was ensured by a bold business move.

Now the story behind the success of this iconic brand is captured in an engaging book that takes us on a fascinating tour through the building of a celebrated family business, and into the lives of its devoted clientele. Told from the intimate perspective of a custom tailor, here are the stories of officers and soldiers, as well as prime ministers, mayors, judges, artists and explorers. Along the way, the book reveals an intriguing history of Toronto through the twentieth century and its rapid growth into a globally renowned city from the vantage point of the Beauchamp shop windows.

Walter Beauchamp: A Tailored History of Toronto is a lively tale of how this renowned company has survived the effects of world wars and the Great Depression, store relocations and the wrecking ball, as well as the fickle face of fashion retail, with grace, elegance and always discretion. (From Figure 1 Publishing)

Author Interviews

The co-author, with Terry Beauchamp, on his book about the oldest custom tailor shop in Toronto, and the history of the trade in Toronto. 3:14

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