Savile Row apprentice makes history.

‘Kathryn Sargent has become the first female master tailor to open a shop on London's historic Savile Row.

The 41 year old is the first female in the street's 213-year history to have her name 'above the door'.

She said just 20 years ago it was "very unusual" to see a woman working on Savile Row.

After completing a fashion design degree, Sargent began an apprenticeship at Gieves & Hawkes, becoming head cutter in 2009 - the first woman in Savile Row history to hold the position.

"I went to Savile Row and knocked on a few doors and walked up and down the street and was so enchanted by what I saw. I had never seen anything like it," she said. - BBC

‘Her breakthroughs are reflective of a wider trend in the tailoring industry, she said, adding that a majority of newly qualified tailors to have graduated from the Savile Row apprenticeship scheme last year were women.

"It's very inspiring for them to see that a woman can do this job. To have an opportunity to work in this industry, now there are more and more women coming through the ranks. Last year, out of all the newly qualified tailors who received their apprenticeships and diplomas in Savile Row, 65% of those were women."

That was up from 20% of female graduates when the scheme started just over 10 years ago. Sargent played down the significance of being the only female master tailor on Savile Row. "It's something that is not going to be such a talking point in the future, but I'm very delighted to be the first," she said.’ – International Business Times

 

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