The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]
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Mr. G. Fletcher.
Mr. H. J. Fletcher.
Patterson, J., Tailor, 219 Cashel Street, Christchurch. Mr. Patterson arrived in New Zealand from Belfast, Ireland, in the year 1887. He began business in 1896 at his present premises, and through sheer energy and perseverance has worked up his trade to a thoroughly successful state. Mr. Patterson makes a specialty of all kinds of tailor-made clothing, and his large connection proves that he gives general satisfaction to his numerous customers.
Whittle, J., Fashionable Ladies' and Gentlemen's Tailor, Rhodes' Building, Manchester Street, Christchurch. This business has (1902) in the short space of one year acquired the reputation of one of the leading tailoring businesses in Christchurch. A specialty is made of ladies' costumes and riding habits, and Mr. Whittle keeps a fine assortment of the most fashionable materials required for his beautiful and stylish productions. He imports from the leading Home manufacturers, some of the choicest patterns of the goods, including silks and woollen materials, which go into the wonderful combination of ladies' dresses. Every article is cut out by Mr. Whittle, whose skill and experience in this branch are unequalled. Mr. Whittle is a native of England, and gained his knowledge of cutting out in some of the most fashionable London and Paris houses. For years he was cutter-out for Mr. H. J. Nicholl, of Regent Street, London, one of the leading fashionable ladies' tailors of the metropolis. He was also cutter-out and fitter for Messrs Redfern, the most fashionable ladies' tailors of London and Paris, and considered the leading tailors of England. Mr. Whittle then started a business as a ladies riding-habitmaker at South Malton Street, London, where he carried on a large and fashionable business for ten years. He holds letters from many of the leading horsewomen of England, testifying to his ability in that particular line of business. Having been offered a lucrative engagement as cutter and fitter to one of the leading Sydney tailors, Mr. Whittle disposed of his business, and came to the colonies. In 1901 he arrived in New Zealand, and established what is considered one of the leading and most fashionable businesses in Christchurch, with a connection with the most distinguished people in New Zealand.
Mr. J. Whittle.