Savile Row Bespoke Association (SRBA) founding member and famous habitué of No. 1 Savile Row Gieves & Hawkes took the top prize at the Golden Shears Awards 2017 at the splendid Merchant Taylors’ Hall on 20th March with apprentice Riki Brockman (pictured with his winning entry, top, right) winning the Golden Shears Award.
Founded in 1974 and promoted by the Merchant Taylors’ Company, the Golden Shears Awards are open to tailoring students and apprentices throughout the UK and serve to support their work and and promote the art of bespoke tailoring.
The 2017 finalists also included SRBA members Anderson & Sheppard, Huntsman and Norton & Sons and associate member Kathryn Sargent, as well as entries from the London College of Fashion, Leeds College of Arts and other institutions throughout the country.
Riki Brockman’s winning entry comprised a coyote brown dungaree with a beige zipped waistcoat and a singe-breasted jacket in mid brown. The Silver Shears Award went to Jorden Barratt, an apprentice at Couch & Hoskins in the City of London, for a short black riding cape with silver braid detail, a tailcoat with an embroidered lapel and black trousers, and the Rising Star award was won by Matthew Erik-Beale, a student at University of Creative Arts in Rochester.
The panel of celebrity and industry expert judges included model David Gandy and TV presenter and model Jodie Kidd (pictured), film director Joe Wright, designer Oliver Spencer and British GQ Deputy Editor Bill Prince.
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