Meet Canvas for Creativity Judge, Emma Willis MBE DL


Emma Willis MBE DL, started her bespoke shirt making business in 1990 with a small workroom in South East London, travelling to see her customers including to Paris and New York.

In 2000 she opened the Jermyn Street shop launching a ready to wear collection as well as continuing to specialise in bespoke shirt making and using the finest quality cottons and linens. The Emma Willis headquarters are at the 18th Century Bearland House in Gloucester, between the Cathedral and The Docks, where their team of talented young cutters and seamstresses make the shirts and accessories.

Customers include HRH The Prince of Wales, Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Craig and David Gandy.

The Emma Willis collection is also online at, Mr Porter and the women’s collection launched on Matchesfashion in 2018 and Net a Porter in 2019.  

Emma and her COO Kristal Jones also run the charity Emma founded, Style for Soldiers, from Bearland House, giving smart clothing and reunion parties to young injured service personnel and their families, supported by their Ambassadors David Gandy, Charles Dance and Telegraph Fashion Editor Lisa Armstrong.'