The 1980’s. The Business, Our Business, Danny Dyer and Gresham Blake

Gresham first met Danny Dyer back in 2004, when he was asked to design a collection of 80’s style suits for the iconic film ‘The Business‘ written and directed by Nick Love. The film stars Danny DyerTamer Hassan and Roland Manookian all of whom were in Love’s previous film The Football Factory.  The plot of The Business follows the Greek tragedy-like rise and fall of a young cockney‘s career within a drug importing business run by a group of British ex-patfugitivecriminals living on the coast of the Costa del Sol (aka the “Costa del Crime“) in Spain.

Back then, we were still very young in our own ‘Business‘. When we were asked to design the collection of 80’s style suits, it was slightly painful, as the 80’s suit era was not our favourite look. Shoulder pads and Power suits. The more ‘showy‘ about ones wealth the better. Bankers stripes, pinstripes, double breasted jackets, pleats – coupled with hair gel were all the hallmarks of the ‘Greed is Good’ mentality.

But, cringing, we made, and delivered them. What then happened was, part way through the filming in Spain, the suits were drycleaned – and damaged.

At once, we got a further comission, to remake the suits, a second time, quick sharp.

So, we made the entire collection up again!

Fast forward to 2019, and we are really proud of the 80’s style collection we designed for the film. We definitely nailed the look. Indeed we are now very nostalgic about that era – almost 40 years ago – doesnt seem real!

Danny Dyer, has recently rediscovered Gresham Blake. And we now have the pleasure of working with him again, and what a Diamond Geezer he is. He remembered the Pink Suit we had made for him for The Business.

For the BAFTA TV 2019 Awards he commisioned us to make him a Black Tux with a bespoke print for a lining.

For British Soap Awards 2019, we made him a Two-Piece Double Breasted Silver Mohair.

He texted , Love the Whistle – It’s perfect“.





Best Dressed at BAFTA’S

A double for Gresham Blake at The BAFTA TV Awards 2019

BAFTA TV AWARDS 2019. Last night the best in the TV biz donned their best and snazziest bling to walk the red carpet.

BAFTA TV AWARDS 2019 | RED CARPET | STEVE COOGAN | GRESHAM BLAKE
Steve Coogan with his glamorous daughter on the red carpet.

We were pleased to say that Gresham Blake was commissioned to dress the two Best (in our opinion) men on the Stage:

  1. A Direct descendant of the King of England – Mr. Danny Dyer (197th in line to the Throne)
  2. The best of the best – Mr. Steve Coogan – who we have dressed for many a fine do.

So, what did Danny Dyer wear?

As a descendant of the King of England, Danny Dyer has an image to uphold.

Danny Dyer came to see us around 2 weeks ago at The Gresham Blake Shoreditch Store. He commissioned a Black Bespoke Two piece, Double Breasted DJ with Silk Jacquard lapels. We accessorised his look with a classic white shirt and a black skinny silk tie; A pair of black leather Cheaney boots completed the look.

BAFTA TV AWARDS 2019 | DANNY DYER | GRESHAM BLAKE
The King himself, on stage in his Gresham Blake whistle with Holly Willoughby.

In true Gresham Blake style, we designed a special lining just for him. Our newest designer Kezia Byass quickly whipped up a custom print donning

I AM KING

DANNY DYER | BESPOKE SUIT | BAFTAS TV 2019 | GRESHAM BLAKE
Danny’s bespoke Gresham Blake Lining ‘ I AM KING’

In addition to this, we embroidered a special little golden crown on the melton under his top collar.

DANNY DYER | BESPOKE SUIT | BAFTAS TV 2019 | GRESHAM BLAKE
Bespoke melton – its all in the details!

The Final Result saw some great comments across social media and from Danny himself:

“Shout out to the lovely, nutty creative @greshamblake for me sorting me a fine whistle for the BAFTAS TV. Smudge by Scottish Kenny

Danny Dyer

Not sure what he means by “nutty” maybe any of you readers can explain?

And we deciphered the word ‘Smudge” – this is in reference to the amazing Photo that our very own Kenny McCracken, photographer extraordinaire, took in our London Store.

All Hail to Mr. Danny Dyer!

DANNY DYER | GRESHAM BLAKE
Kenny took this awesome shot in the Gresham Blake Shoreditch store.

On to another favourite, Mr. Steve Coogan.

Well, believe or not, he came in to the Gresham Blake Brighton Store the day before the award ceremony. He needed some last minute help to look the part – which we were happy to help with. He chose a classic black Single Breasted DJ, with Gresham Blake logo Satin Lapels. We completed his look with a Classic Collar, pleated white dress shirt and a black velvet Bow tie.

“Gresham Blake makes elegant mens tailoring sharp but always with a wink and a smile.”

Steve Coogan

Well, Mr. Coogan, you have certainly made us smile for ever!

BAFTA TV AWARDS 2019 | RED CARPET | STEVE COOGAN | GRESHAM BLAKE
Steve Coogan on stage at The BAFTA TV awards 2019