An independent clothes shop in Rugby will be providing suits for Coventry City Football Club’s players and staff for the cup final at Wembley on Sunday (April 2).
Albert’s Menswear owner Dave Hall got a call on Monday asking them to kit out the Sky Blues for the EFL Trophy final against Oxford United.
Seamstresses at the up-market clothes store on Regent Street now have a manic few days sizing up the players and getting the suits ready.
“It’s great because Coventry City are doing the media launch tomorrow so it’s brilliant for us as a local independent from Rugby, it’s massive,” Mr Hall said.
After Monday’s phone call from commercial manager Tynan Scope, Mr Hall rushed over to the Ricoh Arena to show them the different Marc Darcy suits they do.
The next day he went back with his wife so manager Mark Robins could pick which suit he wanted before sizing up and fitting around 40 people, including all the players and directors.
It’s not often you have Yakubu in your shop trying on your suits.Albert’s Menswear owner Dave Hall
Albert’s will be spending the next few days getting the suits perfect, as well as any adjustments, before handing them over on Saturday morning when the club heads down to Wembley.
“It’s massive pressure as we’ve never done anything on this scale before and we’re so busy with formal wear at the moment, but not for this type of event,” Mr Hall said.
Albert’s’ suits will be on show when the players and club staff get off the team bus before the game, as well as being worn by all the directors in the stands.
Mr Hall said some of the players are regular customers and may have put in a good word for him, but the excitement of a commission of this magnitude is hard to suppress.
“It’s great – it’s not often you have Yakubu, an international footballer for Nigeria, in your shop trying on your suits and liking your stuff, saying he’ll come back next week for tracksuit.”