The two were actually living in different countries at the time.
"It just blew our minds when we realized," Alex Voutsinas, 35, told the Star.
First there was a photography venture, while still at school: "I wasn't very good in the dark room." Then a Christmas tree delivery business: "Great until I realised it was seasonal." Then a scheme to sell handmade shoes from India: "Instead of making £1,200, I lost £300." But he was undeterred.
"I knew I wanted to control my own destiny," he says.
But although shirt sales plunged by nearly a fifth during last autumn's post-Lehman turmoil, business is now booming again with overall sales, in cash terms, up by 28 per cent up since August. Before recession engulfed Charles Tyrwhitt's customers, the company had a crisis of its own.
In 2005, Mr Wheeler handed over daily business to a new managing director, brought in to "take the company on to the next stage".
By early 2008, there was talk of listing on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and building a chain of 50 shops.
"Recession is a fantastic opportunity because it flushes the weaker people out." Another big move is next summer's shift to a new flagship store, twice the size, just a few doors further up Jermyn Street.
"I needed the choice to stay in bed if I wanted." Given the spectacular growth of Charles Tyrwhitt, there cannot have been much lying in bed.
The company was started on an £8,000 inheritance and a bank loan, multiplied several times over by canny investment in an Aston Martin.
This brings an entirely new meaning to the phrase "picture perfect." Before British newlyweds Aimee Maiden, 25, and Nick Wheeler, 26, got married, the couple rifled through old photographs at the groom’s grandparents’ home and came upon a gem they never would have expected, the Telegraph reported.
They found a photo taken in 1994 of Wheeler building a boat in the sand with his sister and cousins in Mousehole, Cornwall, where Maiden grew up.