AN ABERDEEN-based young entrepreneur has gained the support of the Scotland Rugby squad with his business of tailor-made shirts.
Robert Hoving (22) who owns a franchise of ShirtbyHand sealed a deal with the Scottish Rugby to kit out the entire national squad for their off-pitch activities in the forthcoming EMC Tests that kicks off with a home game against New Zealand at Murrayfield on Sunday, November 11.
Originally from Holland, Robert moved to the UK and settled in Aberdeen in 2009 where he is currently finishing his studies for a Masters degree in International Business Studies at Robert Gordon University.
ShirtbyHand offers a service where the customer is visited personally, either at home or at work, and once their measurements are taken, the hand-made shirts can be designed in a variety of colours, cuts and patterns, right down to the detail on the inside of the collar and button rail for just £69. Monograms can also be added and once the customers have their details stored on www.shirtbyhand.co.uk they can log on at any time to re-order.
The majority of Robert’s customers are based in Aberdeen but he is also getting more and more enquiries from Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.
He said: “A lot of our clients don’t have time to shop so we go and meet them at their office or their home – we try to fit around their agenda.
“Once I’ve finished my degree, I intend appointing agents who can measure up clients in all the major cities in the UK, and possibly expand our services to include tailor-made suits.”
Dutch-born Scotland Rugby winger, Tim Visser, is a fan of ShirtbyHand and has been wearing his tailor-made shirts regularly. He said: “The quality and attention to detail of the shirts are second-to-none. To get a shirt tailor-made in less than three weeks at such a reasonable cost, delivered to my door is fantastic. Robert has been excellent to deal with and I have been recommending him to all my friends and family.”
Robert has already expanded the range available to his customers by offering seven pairs top-of-the-range socks free with any three shirts ordered.
With the festive season just around the corner, Robert has been kept very busy with customers looking to order Tuxedo shirts for that special event.
Tickets for the Scotland v New Zealand game are selling well and a capacity 67,144 is expected to see the current world champions play at Murrayfield.
Scotland will play South Africa on Saturday, November 17, at Murrayfield and Tonga on Saturday, November 24 at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, as part of the EMC Tests and tickets can be bought online at www.scottishrugby.org