THEY maybe dressed your dad and your grandad too, and now thanks to a local businessman one of the oldest names in men's tailoring is returning to the high street.

Jackson the Tailor, one of the most famous menswear brands of the sixties and seventies is making a comeback.

A Strathclyde University graduate has purchased the rights to the name and is bringing it back - starting with a store in the St Enoch Centre.

At its peak, Jackson the Tailor had more than 550 shops across the length and breadth of the UK and was seen as the place to go for a suit for special occasions such as weddings, job interviews and first dates. It even was mentioned in a script for TV show The Likely Lads.

But the firm went into administration in 1978.

Now Benny Hamish has brought the name back.

He first became aware of the Jackson brand name during his time as a business administration student at Strathclyde University back in the eighties. He aims to use the St Enoch Centre store as a launch pad to revitalise the Jackson brand and plans to open up to 50 stores over the next five years.

He said: "At one time, men thought it was really important to look smart if they wanted to make a good impression on a special occasion. That meant wearing a smart suit, preferably one that was made-to-measure.

"As part of my studies we were learning about the importance of strong brand names.

"I knew quite a bit about the tailoring business because my family were in the trade. I managed to acquire the rights to the Jackson brand name and I promised myself that once I'd learned everything there was to know about the tailoring business that I would revive the Jackson the Tailor brand."

According to Benny the name is working. He has already attracted business from older people who remember the old brand and shopped there as teenagers or young men.

They will be selling made to measure and off the peg suits. He said: "We've already had customers in who remember Jacksons from the first time round and they're delighted that it's back.

"We've also had lots of interest from younger customers who aren't used to having a suit tailor-made to fit them. A made-to-measure suit doesn't have to be expensive."