Harry Potter stars at Deathly Hallows premiere dressed by Harpenden tailor

HARRY Potter stars James and Oliver Phelps will grace the red carpet at tonight’s world premiere of The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – the last ever film in the franchise – wearing suits made by a Harpenden-based tailor.

But having received a soaking at two previous London premieres, the twins, who play Fred and George Weasley in the films based on JK Rowling’s books, won’t have to worry about the rain which looks set to blight the event as tailor David Brooke has designed the suits to be water resistant.

David, owner of Mathieson and Brooke Tailors (M&BT), has made the custom-fitted suits using Holland & Sherry’s all-new Super 150’s, 7oz Dragonfly cloth, which is made in England and finished with AquArret technology – a high performance finish, providing water and stain resistance.

He said: “Last winter I made Oliver and James beautiful three piece suits for the first instalment of The Deathly Hallows but, like so many Harry Potter premieres, the British weather ensured everyone got soaked. This year we decided not to take any chances and the twins and I have designed beautiful lightweight summer suits in a fantastic water-resistant cloth from Holland & Sherry. Coupled with a new M&BT signature button-down lapel and fabulous Oliver Sweeny shoes, they will compliment each other while retaining their individual style – something they are conscious to do as identical twins.”

He explained that both suits are contemporary in style with a high single button and exaggerated angle pockets. Oliver chose a peak lapel adding to the modern and slightly more formal image, in contrast to James’ more traditional notch. Contrast stitching on the waistcoat buttonholes, combined with vibrant linings and cuff trims, add to the unique and personalised finish.

Oliver said: “We have been working with David on formalwear for over a year now and he continues to give us great style advice and excellent service. The waterproof cloth was a brilliant idea and should ensure that even if the heavens open again like last year, James and I will stay nice and dry. I’m not sure Daniel or Rupert will be so lucky!”

James added: “Next Thursday marks the end of an era for us and we wanted to look our best. Our M&BT suits look brilliant and feel great. Let’s hope we don’t need to try out the waterproof finish.”

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Oliver and James join the likes of Olympic swimmer Mark Foster as M&BT clients, embracing David Brooke’s unique contemporary twists on classic menswear, and his philosophical approach to tailoring. David first worked with James and Oliver when M&BT made the celebrity team captain’s golf trousers for the Shooting Stars Benefit 2010 hosted by Samuel L Jackson in Switzerland.

The last instalment of the Harry Potter films, which have become a worldwide phenomenon, will receive a fitting send off in Trafalgar Square where it will become the first movie to premiere at the capital’s famous landmark.

For more information about M&BT visit www.mandbt.co.uk