Getting behind the suit with Charles Augoye

In the first of our ‘Get behind the suit’ blog series we interviewed Charles Augoye, co-founder of bespoke tailoring company Bosi & Charles.

Tell us a bit about your brand and how it started. 

I’ve been into fashion from a young age. As a school boy in Benin City I started supplementing my pocket money by selling clothes to my friends. This later developed into a fully fledged business where, along with my friend Bosi, I would make trips to the UK to stock up on items from high street fashion brands to resell back home. We made a great success of it but our ambition was always to have our own fashion label. And so in 2008 Bosi & Charles was born.

You use Dugdale Bros cloth frequently for your suits. What is it about Dugdale Bros & Co that resonates with you?

We use Dugdale for it’s english heritage, quality, durability and versatility of the fabrics. We really like the royal pageant and lisburn collection because of the vibrant colours in the range. Dugdale particularly resonates with our brand because of the wide range of fabrics, on Monday I can be spotted in a Pinstripe suit from the formal wear or royal classic vantage, on Wednesday in a light weight Navy from the Merchant fleece and on Saturday in a peach linen from the Lisburn collection

What’s next for Bosi & Charles?

We are looking to expand to Atlanta early next year, as we are seeing increasing patronage across the pond and one of our partners is relocating there. We are also working on our collections and a few editorials which we are excited about. Then we are looking to do more ready to wear pieces for shirting, safari’s, overshirts and pants.

Photography by Liz McAuley

Shop the look:

Black and white puppy tooth two piece suit with peak lapel and flat pockets – Formal Wear Collection (8711) 

Classic blue two piece suit with peak lapel – The Merchant Fleece Collection (5904)