Universal Works was the brainchild of ex Paul Smith and Maharishi designer, David Keyte. David’s aim for Universal Works has always been to make honest men's clothing is focused on fit and solid design, detailed but never over-fussy. Much of the inspiration for Universal Works clothing came from Keyte’s formative years in the 70s growing up in a classic provincial midlands outpost, - an appreciation of the musical and sporting subcultures that underpin the everyday life of British men. As part of a working-class family unit that loved to dress well, he saw that his dad and uncles were always either in their workwear clothing or their weekend attire.
Wanting to explore this further, in 2008 he decided to merge these two styles with a label of his own, making sure that the fit and function of the clothing was the number one priority. Key core styles are the Wool Fleece cardigan, Bakers overshirt and jacket and the military chino or Aston trouser.