PREPARING FOR MY SAVILE ROW BESPOKE DIPLOMA

Ashleigh SRB diploma

On Thursday I will be displaying my work to qualify for my Savile Row Bespoke diploma; in order to gain my SRB diploma I will have to prove that I can make a jacket from start to finish.

Two Savile Row tailors will looking at examples of my work throughout my time as an apprentice. I have to bring a finished jacket and a fitted jacket I have made; and I will also show them samples of my work like pockets samples, sleeve samples and collar samples.

They will also look through my portfolio, sample notes and whatever else it has taken me to learn how to make jackets. I have already made the finished jacket and I am currently working on the fitted jacket to present. The judges will be looking to see I can do all the parts involved in  making a jacket; from the basics like cutting correctly with scissors and stitching, to more advanced skills like putting on finished sleeves.

It was a really nice opportunity to go through all the work I have done other the past three years as an apprentice, it was surprisingly nostalgic. Going through my old samples notes, I was able to tidy a lot of it up and also refresh my memory at the same time.

On Thursday I will take all my pieces, portfolio and samples over to Henry Poole, and I will be judged along with four other Savile Row apprentices. I have always worked my hardest during my apprenticeship, and I have been given good feedback about my work so I am optimistic I will pass and gain my diploma. My fingers are crossed.

DOUBLE BREASTED WOOLLEN JACKET

Leon Powell DB jacket for florence (4)

Coat Cutter Leon Powell making a Navy Woollen Double Breasted Jacket.

We are looking forward to displaying the Jacket at an exhibition in Florence this month.

Leon Powell DB jacket for florence (2)

ARTIST:ARTISAN FILM

A short film for the Artist:Artisan exhibition made by Josh Bullock for So It Goes.

www.soitgoesmag.com/films

Visit the Artist:Artisan exhibition at the Maison Mai Non Gallery at 14 Greek Street, Soho.

 

ARTIST:ARTISAN AT MAISON MAI NON



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Artist:Artisan, the collaborative exhibition between Savile Row apprentices and Central Saint Martins Fashion MA Graduates took place on Tuesday evening at the Maison Mai Non Fashion gallery in Soho.

The other Savile Row houses involved included  Chittleborough & Morgan, Kathryn Sargent and Richard Anderson. The night was a great success, a lot of people turned up to see our work, and I was so proud to be part of the first exhibition for the gallery. Micheal Neeson and Topes Calland did an amazing job with the space; our pieces looked amazing hung from a frame and illuminated by a spotlight, it was the perfect way to display them.

Guests were not afraid to touch the garments, and to ask Liberty and I questions about the coat and the making process. They all seemed genuinely impressed and interested in the piece, which was really great to see.

Maison Mai Non Room

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Knitted jacket exhibition

Our collaborative piece was an overcoat with the back panel woven into a herringbone pattern with cloth stripes. We had spent the past couple of months getting it ready; and it was so rewarding to see it all come together.

Liberty and I collaborated with Central Saint Martins graduate Hayley Grundmann. Hayley used foam and bin bags in her MA collection, and for our collaboration we decided to use the waste scraps of material left after each tailoring commission. Working with Hayley was great fun, however a few weeks into the project she was offered a job, meaning she had to move to Stockholm. Hayley left us with only the designs and the beginning samples, thankfully we had help from Egle Zaiteviciute, a specialist knitwear designer who wove the knitted panel for us.

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Everything was a normal process except sewing on the knitted back. Making the front of jacket and the base on the back was simple enough for us, but the woven cloth was the most challenging part. We couldn’t use the same techniques as we do as tailors with that; all the seams were hand sewn, it was near impossible to work with the knit because it stretches and doesn’t retain its shape. It was definitely the most intricate part, but also the most gratifying.

I want to thank Micheal and Topes for providing a platform for us to display our work and congratulate all the other tailors and designers involved in the exhibition.

Liberty and I are really proud of the jacket, I see something new in it every time I look at it and I hope the guests do too.

Liberty and Micheal

Liberty and Micheal Neeson

Su and Will

Su Thomas and Will Pelham

India Rose

India Rose James

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Desinger: Krystyna Kozhoma

Francis Chilltleborough

Francis Paley for Chittleborough & Morgan

Designer: Charles Jeffrey

Designer: Charles Jeffrey

Alistair Nimmo for Kathryn Sargent

Alistair Nimmo for Kathryn Sargent

Artist:Artisan will be on display at Maison Mais Non from 2nd June until 14th July at 14 Greek Street, Soho.

HOUSE CLOTHS

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Here at Anderson & Sheppard as our customers will know, we have a wide variety of cloth choices from the various merchants in the trade. Our house cloths however are woven exclusively for us in mills based in Yorkshire to our high quality standards.

Our Mount Arden is most popular house cloth that we have provide, being an excellent 3 season weight; available in Navy Blue, Dark Grey and Mid Grey. With many customers being either a particular patron of Blue or Grey it allows them to keep to their own preference whilst still having access to our exclusive house cloths. Alongside the Mount Arden our A&S Triple Stripe Diamond Weave gives both a very classic and smart look with the Diamond Weave bordering on a vintage suit look.

Our in-house tweeds are also a mainstay of our business, with both a range in weights and colour to allow the more dashing country gentlemen to dress accordingly all year round. We are also in the process of re-launching our house tweeds collection, being in collaboration with mills to replicate the most popular tweeds of our past whilst also looking to add completely new variations for the future.

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