A talented tailor who counts barristers, judges and top city businesspeople among his clients says he simply enjoys making ‘nice clothes’.
Manoj Beekharry works as a bespoke tailor from his bijou studio ‘Manoj’ in Broomhill, Sheffield. But his journey has not been an easy one.
Born on the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, Manoj took up a tailoring apprenticeship at the age of 13 following the death of his father.
He worked in factories making bespoke shirts, suits, trousers and underwear for the European and American market for almost 25 years, while developing a skill to create beautiful clothing simply by looking at photos of a desired design.
“I just like to make nice clothing,” said Manoj, aged 46. “Starting at 13 I really enjoyed the work and wanted to do more of it.”
Manoj left his Mauritian roots behind in 2005 when he moved to Sheffield after his partner at the time took a nursing job in the city.
Arriving in a foreign country Manoj had to start his career almost from scratch.
He began learning to speak English and Hindi while doing alterations near Castle Market and then at Meadowhall, until a chance encounter with Broomhill dress designer Kelly Clark led him to achieve his dream of running his own shop.
Kelly was so impressed by his abilities that, despite him speaking almost no English, she took on Manoj as a tailor and trained him in bespoke evening, bridal and leather wear. She later turned her shop over to him in 2009.
Today Manoj’s days are filled with designing, fitting and making clothes tailored to fit his clients perfectly.
Every garment is handmade, from the pattern being marked out on the material to stitching the garment together and sewing on the buttons.
During his time in Sheffield Manoj has dressed some of the city’s finest, including making suits and robes for top lawyers and judges, some of whose kind words about Manoj can be found hanging on the studio’s walls.
But how does working in Sheffield compare to Mauritius?
“The suits are more technical and detailed here,” says Manoj.
“And it’s much colder.”