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William Frazer’s Tailor Shop Destroyed by Fire

Michael_and_Elsie_Frazer_4_days_before_fire_destroyed_their_tailor_shopMichael and Elsie Frazer just four days before fire destroyed their tailor shop          Noel Mullins photo

The shop of famous Irish sporting tailor William Frazer in the village of Hospital in County Limerick was destroyed by fire on Wednesday, February 16. William Frazer passed away years ago, but the business was continued by his son Michael and Michael’s wife Elsie.

Besides the complete loss of stock, fabrics, and equipment, all their records were destroyed, including measurements and memorabilia of the many well-known customers like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and other larger-than-life foxhunters and sporting figures for whom the Frazers built hacking jackets, hunt coats, vests, breeches, and trousers for over two generations.

Many Foxhunting Life readers have no doubt had garments made by the Frazers, and the family wants you to know that they no longer have your contact information. They plan to reopen as soon as possible, and they ask that you send them your phone numbers and email addresses. Some customers will want to send a note as well expressing sympathy and support. Phone Michael and Elsie at +353 61 383118, send mail to Main Street, Hospital, County Limerick, Ireland, or email them at [email protected].

FHL contributor Noel Mullins hunted with the Scarteen Hounds from their meet in the village of Hospital just four days before the fire, and he just happened to take a series of photos in the Frazer’s shop that day. Mullins has mixed feelings about the fact that he probably has what constitute the last photos ever taken in that quaint, unassuming, yet legendary custom tailor shop.

Posted February 19, 2011