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Meet Thomas, co-founder of Thomas James Bespoke

Updated: Aug 1, 2020

We catch up with Thomas, one half of Thomas James Bespoke, to discuss his dream kitchen, trends for the year ahead and the one kitchen appliance he can't live without.

Q) Tell us about yourself

A) I'm Tom and I have lived in Preston all my life. After coasting my way through school with minimal effort (not advised) I realised learning from a book was not for me. I left at 16 and spent a year labouring for a builder whilst I found myself an apprenticeship. I got a lot of inspiration from my first boss (local builder) and I feel very grateful for that. I learnt what hard work was all about and where it can get you in life if used correctly. Spending time with family and friends is important to me and if that can involve food too, even better.

Q) Why did you start Thomas James Bespoke?

A) I think it's something you always dream of when your working in an industry you love, creating a brand and product you can put your own name on, well it was for me anyway! After I made a kitchen for James a good few years ago, he spoke to me about the idea starting a business together, and the timing was perfect. It didn't take long to get things rolling from there.

Q) How long have you known James and why did you choose to start the business with him?

A) I have known James about 6 years now and we both had a shared passion for business and the desire to create a product people love. I think when you find someone who has the same vision and drive as you, it just works.

Q) What do you do in your spare time?

A) When I can finally switch of from Thomas James, golf is a new obsession of mine which takes up alot of my free time. I also keep active at the gym and I wanted to try yoga which has now become a weekly thing.

Q) What's your favourite project you've worked on and why?

A) For me, it would be a project we are currently working on in London, I think the color choice and the finish options the client has gone for are going to look amazing. The foot print of the room was not huge but we worked hard fitting everything they needed into the design. I can't wait to see it finished!

Q) What kitchen trends have you noticed for this year so far?

A) Colour! Finally, I think the grey kitchen trend is slowly being taken over by more vibrant colours and even black. It does take a lot of courage to branch out from the safe option of greys and whites but it can end up looking amazing.

Q) If you could design your dream kitchen, what would it look like?

A) Well, I love freestanding pieces incorporated in a kitchen area so it would either be a freestanding larder or dresser unit. Also, a Range cooker would be a must as I think they look beautiful sat inside a chimney breast. I am dreading the day when I have to design my own kitchen because I love all different types of design/styles, it would take me forever to narrow it down to a final design.

Q) What is the most used appliance in your kitchen.

A) Without a doubt it would be the Quooker tap. I think if you're lucky enough to have one in your kitchen, you'll wonder how you ever managed with a kettle. They are that good!

Q) If you weren't creating kitchens, what else would you do for a job?

A) This is tricky as the only full-time job I have ever known is being a carpenter. Anything that lets me be creative... I would say a property developer would be a pretty cool full-time job.


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