NOMI’s Dove tables are just part of the style statement at the studio and showroom of P. Johnson Tailors in Paddington, Sydney.
Patrick and Tamsin Johnson are a couple who take style seriously. After all, it is their business. Tamsin is an interior designer who flys off to LA once a month to work on projects; Patrick is a bespoke gentleman’s tailor, one of only a handful in Australia and most certainly the youngest.
The pair’s new Sydney base for P. Johnson Tailors and Tamsin Johnson Interiors is housed in the former Hogarth Galleries in Paddington, for many decades one of Sydney’s leading dealers in Aboriginal Art.
Art is still a highlight of the refreshed white spaces, now displaying Patrick and Tamsin’s personal collection of contemporary Australian art. “We love to support young contemporary Australian artists,” says Patrick, who originally studied to be a winemaker before his personal attention to sartorial style led him to study fashion in London and train with preeminent English tailor, Robert Emmett.
“It’s a long road for artists and the works provide visual stimulation for our apprentices, which is important for their development, as well as for our clients.”
Downstairs, the light-flooded white space features comfortable lounge areas, extra large fitting rooms and a full kitchen.
“It’s all about creating comfortable spaces,” says Patrick. “Everything fits the purpose and there’s nothing that overstates things, too much. Clients love to come in here and just hang out or play at the foosball table. Everything we make is a one-off for each customer so we get to know our clients, their lifestyles, shapes, sizes and complexions, and create a look for them. Then we build on that relationship over time. Dressing well is all about looking like you own the clothes you’re wearing, not like you’ve been dressed by someone else.”
The office space is upstairs on the mezzanine floor, which is defined by a row of white Dove Desks.
“We like the simplicity of the design and the fact we could get them custom-made in a wider size. We’ve also used NOMI pieces in our Melbourne showroom.”
All in all, P. Johnson Tailors is a space perfectly made-to-measure and tailored with exactitude to the requirements and comfort of both clients and staff, without feeling the least stitched up.
- Words by Penny Barker
- Photography by Nikki To
- Dove Desk designed by Tomek Archer