The Man Behind The Thread
Simon Horsley was born in Heanor, Derbyshire. He studied fashion design for four years, two years at Chesterfield College of Technology and Art (where he was the first person to receive a Merit of Distinction for his final collection) and two years at Derby College.
After college Simon started designing and making shirts. This brought him to the attention of a local company called the Derby Shirt Company. (A factory formerly known as R. Newbold which used to manufacture shirts for the forces, Police, Army and Ambulance and was later bought by Sir Paul Smith, who turned the name into a designer casual brand still sold today.) The owner of the Derby Shirt Company at the time asked Simon if he would work for the factory part-time and the rest of the week he would be free to concentrate on his own shirts having free access to all the facilities at the factory. Whilst working at the factory Simon was privileged to work on shirt samples for Paul Smith, Ozwald Boateng, Nigel Cabourn, Red or Dead, Comme des Garcon and in particular pattern cut for the Ozwald Boateng shirt collection (notably the collection worn by staff at the “Premier Vision” fabric fair, Paris.) Later Simon took complete control of all shirt production for all of the designers named above.
After leaving the company, Simon set up his own brand – Crow and Jester, opening his own store in 2000 with the sole intention of bringing the brand into the forefront before wholesaling to other independent designer stores. Crow and Jester garments were sold in stores throughout the UK including Harrods.
In 2006 Crow and Jester designed, measured and made over 250 outfits for the Team Wales athletes and staff for the Commonwealth games in Melbourne, where they were voted the Best Dressed Team attending.
2016 sees a change of direction for Crow and Jester as Simon brings his exquisite skills and passion into the world of Couture tailoring, allowing Simon to meet each client by appointment and personally create each individually designed piece of clothing inspired by his Crow and Jester ethos.