Roberto Revilla, The Man Behind The Style
Roberto Revilla London provides bespoke tailoring services and luxury accessories to an ever-growing, discerning clientele. The company is owned and run by Roberto and Carolina Revilla. We design and make suits, shirts, smart casual jackets, trousers, evening/formal wear and outerwear. Our accessories range includes belts, ties, cufflinks, luggage and socks.
I was born in 1977 in South London and have been around family businesses from as young as I can remember. My grandfather owned a restaurant and two carpet stores in central London. When he died in 1984 my father became a salesman for what eventually became Carpetright, before starting his own company in 1988. This meant most of my childhood when not in school was spent working and while I didn’t realise at the time, it instilled in me the extremely hard work ethic I am known for to this day!
As an unusually fast-growing child my mum and dad couldn’t afford to keep replacing my clothes when I grew out of them, so I was forced to sometimes wear my dad’s old clothes to school. Now, wearing 70s clothes (flares) in the 80s (drainpipes) made me an easy target for getting picked on in school so I had to start being creative with the garments I had at my disposal! So what started out as a necessity – and almost survival – became a passion.
I excelled in most subjects at school including Art & Design. At 17 I decided I didn’t want to join the family business, so I tried to get a part-time job in fashion retail while I studied at college, but no luck. My first sales job was in a national electrical store and I became one of the top sellers. Naturally most of my money went on clothes!
My parents were pushing me to get a “proper” job and qualification so I tried a work placement/accountancy course with Ford Motors at the age of 19 (while still working at the electrical store), but decided after 6 months that it wasn’t for me and I tried to get back into fashion again. Yet again I failed, managing to get a direct-sales job at an IT company in North West London. I spent 4 years there, making a big impact with my sales & my three-piece suits, then got a break with an international custom clothing company in London’s West End.
After working my way up the ladder over 7 years and building a fantastic clientele, I left to work with some former colleagues/friends who had started their own boutique tailoring shop in the City of London. I had a great time and we were very successful together, but after 2 years I was being pushed by many of my clients (and my wife) to start my own company.
The timing felt right and I was the exact same age as my father when he started his own business, so in September 2011, Roberto Revilla London was born.
From a standing start to quick success, delivering over 1000 garments in our first year, I have worked tirelessly since our first day to ensure that we are producing clothes to a high standard of fit and quality, whilst serving our customers to the best of my ability.
In March 2012 my wife, Carolina Revilla, joined the business. As a professional chartered accountant her skills have helped us to become more efficient, she is also the principle architect of our online business and responsible for sourcing many of the amazing products you’ll find in our web store today.
As we grow changes will naturally occur, but at heart we are and always will be a true family-run business that provides amazing service of a personal nature. We’re not perfect, but on the odd occasion when a problem occurs, we promise to work hard and fast to fix it. Our service is the number one reason our customers keep recommending and coming back to us.