Case Study – SY Black Pearl



The world’s largest sailing yacht, all 106 meters of her, built in Holland under the project name Y712, required uniform for its crew. This included everyone from galley staff, interior, deck hands, officers and captains, as well as uniform to wear around the yard and locally whilst representing the build.

One of the main issues for the team tasked with procuring the uniform was to ensure the range catered for all of the environments the yacht would explore. This involved researching every material, style and brand that was fit for purpose. As the build was based in Holland, the challenge also included pulling together and presenting the global reach of brands and manufacturers available to us.

And given the stature of Black Pearl as one of the most technically advanced yachts in the world, using revolutionary techniques to minimise its carbon footprint, we needed to present an environmentally sound solution.


As this was such a large and diverse undertaking, we carried out a fact-finding exercise to establish the preferred brief of all key stakeholders – crew, officers and management. Using this brief, we explored and researched the most suitable and sustainable garments on the market.

Using our knowledge and market reach, we were able to present a number of viable options for testing followed by a series of on-site meetings to determine the preferred range for all areas. Working alongside Black Pearl’s interior team, we developed a range that could bring out the yachts character whilst being functional, practical, cost-effective, and importantly, sustainable.


We followed Black Pearl’s instruction and took inspiration from the design of the yacht as a whole and after a number of wearer trials and much sampling, the range of garments were signed off in November 2017 with a successful delivery being met prior to launch as agreed in 2018. We now continue to deliver Black Pearl’s uniform and maintain a superb relationship giving advice on new styles and innovations where relevant.

Fast, efficient & well managed service

Taylor Made Designs provide a full ‘end-to-end’ uniform management service. From design, manufacture, storage and then fulfilment to our 125 leisure centres across the UK. The online e-store and reporting services have ensured a fast, efficient and well managed service which we have been so pleased with, we have recently extended our agreement for a further 2 years.

Places Leisure

Very pleased

We want our staff to wear their uniforms with pride and for customers to easily identify staff members because of our corporate colours. We have enjoyed working with Taylor Made Designs and are very pleased with the quality and support they have provided.

Stewarts Garden Centres

Outstanding support

Absolutely love working with Taylor Made Designs, and the outstanding support, service and delivery provided! Should be everyone’s first stop for workplace uniform!

Bluereef Aquariums

Friendly, flexible & efficient service

Taylor Made Designs have been our main uniform and PPE supplier for the past year and offer a friendly, flexible and efficient service. Ed and his team are always on hand to answer any queries and their guidance and expertise has been invaluable in order to deliver first class service on-board our existing ships and whilst establishing uniform requirements for our new ship coming out this year.

SAGA Cruises

Efficient & professional

We really enjoy working with Taylor Made Designs, they are efficient and professional throughout and always help us meet demands with realistic delivery times. Our account manager has been fab! Gerry is always there to answer our queries and help get us the best deal and worked with us to manage our uniform needs perfectly

Ribby Hall Village