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MS news editor gets a much-needed revamp

Robert Thickett, Sartorial misfit and news editor at Mortgage Strategy, got a much-needed makeover at last week’s Expo.

Style gurus Dress2Kill were offering a range of services to delegates at the two-day event including colour coding, massage, tailoring and wet shaves.

The ‘before’ pictures Thickett posed for showed him sporting a bomber jacket and ill-fitting jeans. Dress2Kill owner James Hibbert sorted him out with a fine black pinstripe suit.

Thickett says: “I can’t believe the difference. I feel like a new man, though I regret not pushing for a spot of rhinoplasty to go with the wet shave.

“The only scary point came while trying to get into the trousers. Having hoovered up the canap豠in the press section at the Expo I struggled to get into them. But they held and they look great.” But this could be dangerous for my wallet. They say you can never go back to off the peg after having a fitted suit.”

The tailors also offered support to delegates brought low by wide loads. One unnamed broker who split his trousers sitting in a seminar rushed in for an emergency patch-up.

While waiting, he texted to Mortgage Strategy (on promise of anonymity): “I thought I was really up the spout and couldn’t believe my luck when I saw Dress2Kill was here.”

Dress2Kill is set to attend the Mortgage Expo in Manchester next year.


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