He came to me afterwards and said, "I really like what you do." I said, "Yes, I'm a tailor". You're a couturier, you're a designer - you're much more than that".
He began making bespoke suits in 1990, and is widely credited with introducing Savile Row tailoring to a new generation.
HE’S ONE of Britain’s leading menswear designers and made history when he became the first black man to have his own store on London’s world famous tailoring street, Savile Row.
But before fame and a seriously impressive celebrity client list beckoned for London-born tailor Ozwald Boateng, there were the “tricky” times; situations, which, no doubt, were faced by many black people, living in racially hostile Britain in the 1970s.
Boateng sees himself as more than a tailor, and more than a designer, so he coined the term 'bespoke couturier'.
He was appointed creative director of Givenchy menswear in 2003.