Last night was the bi annual golden shears event at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall. After being with Anderson and Sheppard for 4 years I felt it was the right time for me to enter the competition.
I was lucky enough to be selected for the final catwalk show and along with 25 other tailoring hopefuls I arrived at the venue feeling both excited and nervous.
The night itself was very enjoyable, it was great to see what everyone had created and was a chance to show friends and family what being a Savile row apprentice is really about.
My inspiration for my outfit originally came from an old photograph of my grandfather who was very fond of a double breasted suit. From this I started looking at the 1930’s prohibition era and was particularly interested in the striking look the men of that era had with their large lapels and wide leg trousers with turn ups.
I chose a wool flannel cloth as it’s one of my favourite cloths both to work with and also in terms of its handle and drape on a finished garment. I picked navy with a large grey windowpane check and a plain grey trouser that matched the check.
The Knightesbridge fedora hat was kindly lent to us by Bates
, I got the opportunity to visit the shop and pick out the hat myself. The selection was fantastic and it was so lovely talking to Naz about the history of the shop.
Many thanks to George Cleverly for lending a wonderful pair of brown suede loafers.
Although I didn’t take home the golden shears I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and really learnt a lot throughout the making process. I even made myself a suit for the occasion!
It was really nice to have so many friends, family and Anderson and Sheppard work colleagues to come along and show their support. Thank you all!