Kathryn Sargent, who became the first woman in the history of Savile Row to achieve position of Head Cutter in 2009, yesterday for the first time in four centuries of Piccadilly’s association with tailoring, becomes the first female master tailor to open her own store on historic Savile Row.Head Cutter and Master Tailor, Kathryn Sargent says: “I am delighted to be opening a shop on Savile Row. As a tailor it has been a long held ambition of mine, and throughout my career, I have upheld the excellent values of Savile Row. I am thrilled to be making history, although for me being a woman is incidental, I am a tailor first and foremost.”William Skinner, Managing Director of Dege & Skinner and Chairman of Savile Row Bespoke Association commented: “It’s fitting that the first woman to be appointed as a Head Cutter on Savile Row is returning, to open a shop of her own and is testament to the continued appeal of Savile Row as the sartorial home of high quality, hand-crafted tailoring.The shop will be sister to Kathryn Sargent’s established atelier on Brook Street, tailoring for both men and women. The house does not have a specific style, Kathryn’s approach to her craft, from the initial consultation to the finished garment, is tailored to the wearer, their lifestyle and requirements.Before setting up her own business, Kathryn Sargent was the first woman in the history of Savile Row to rise to the esteemed position of head cutter at Gieves & Hawkes, one of the Row’s oldest and most prestigious bespoke tailors. This was the culmination of 15 years’ hard work at the firm where Kathryn Sargent had been lucky enough to work alongside many great craftsmen, including Robert Gieve, one the last members of the founding family to work in the business.Kathryn Sargent discovered her passion for tailoring while studying at fashion college and decided there was only one place to learn the real art of tailoring and that was Savile Row. “I learnt not only the craft and how important each step in the process is, but also the importance of the client and the personal service,” says Kathryn, who has put these elements at the centre of Kathryn Sargent Bespoke.Women have for centuries been present in the back rooms of the tailoring profession as finishers and assistant tailors but Kathryn Sargent is the first of a new generation of women making their way to the top of the business in client-facing roles. Since 2000, when she won a coveted Golden Shears award (a prestigious master tailors’ trophy), Kathryn has worked with clients from all walks of life, including leading members of the British and other Royal families, actors of stage and screen, politicians from all continents, leaders of industry as well as those that simply aspire to have the very best in the world of bespoke tailoring.
Kathryn Sargent on Savile Row will open for Spring/Summer ’16 as a seasonal residency.
Kathryn Sargent (37 Savile Row, Mayfair, London, W1S 3QD)