Handcraft Tailor Academy

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Rory Duffy is proud to announce the opening of his school of tailoring, Handcraft Tailor Academy, in his hometown of Monaghan Ireland. Offering course in Pattern Drafting, Coat Making, Waistcoat Making, Trouser Making and Garment Fitting. Dedicated to preserving the art of tailoring, Rory offers a comprehensive training programs for students and tailors alike. Applicants man apply for courses ranging from three days one to one sessions to twelve weeks workshop classes. Steeped in the traditions of Savile Row, the Handcraft Tailor Academy offers its students the opportunity to learn Old World techniques used by tailors on the famed Mayfair street. No where else offers such a comprehensive training program at affordable prices range.

Having trained with the founders of Savile Row, won the highest accolade the tailoring trade has to offer the Golden Shear Award, Rory immigrated to America and for five years serviced the elite of New York city with finely tailored suits.

Teach was a passion Rory holds to his core, in 2009 he was approached by the governors of Henry Poole & co and ask to take an apprentice to train. At only 27 years old, Rory became one of the youngest Masters to an Apprentice in Savile Rows 200 year history.

“Those that can do, teach”.

Training someone requires patience, a love of trade and the ability to communicate in a clear and decisive manner. Many tailors are asked to take on apprentices but too few have to ability to pass on the knowledge. When Rory left for bright lights of New York he brought with him the traditions of Savile Row and an eagerness to inspire others to take up the craft.

After consulting with some of New York’s finest custom clothiers, Rory decided to bring the art of tailoring online, through his free video series “The Making of a Coat” Rory had inspired millions, bring handcraft tailoring to parts of the globe where it had ceased to exist.

Finding dedicated apprentices in New York was difficult, but Rory persevered offering training to anyone wanting to learn. In 2012 after a chance meeting with the Dean of Parsons The New School Rory joined the Part-Time faculty of this prestigious fashion college. Parsons is renowned for turning out some of the leading fashion designers such as Tom Ford and Philp Lim. Rory embraced the opportunity to engage the fashion industry on the ground floor, influencing the next generation with British Bespoke tailoring and the Savile Row style and cut. Teaching as many as five classes in four days, Rory taught Men’s Wear and Women’s Wear tailoring to students from across the Globe. His classroom had rails of bespoke patterns for students to copy and learn from.

“The greatest difficulty facing a young designer is realising the own design. Patterns are at the core of this issue, we can teach them to sew sooner than we can to cut.”

  • After two years at Parsons and a video series which has been viewed over 2 million times, Rory was invited to The White House by The First Lady Michelle Obama and personally thanked for his contribution to education. Taking part in a workshop introducing industry leaders to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, encouraging them to remain in education and follow their dreams. The White House Photographer snapped a pic of both Mrs Michelle Obama, Rory and the students which later appeared on The First Lady’s Instagram page.
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with designer Rory Duffy and students in the State Dining Room of the White House during the Fashion Education Workshop, Oct. 8, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with designer Rory Duffy and students in the State Dining Room of the White House during the Fashion Education Workshop, Oct. 8, 2014.

It was this meeting that inspired Rory to found his own school, despite his best efforts Parsons was a fashion college not a school for tailors. Rory resigned from Parsons and travelled across America looking for somewhere to set up his academy, the fast pace of New York city seems to distracting for the youth trying to learn an ancient art. Fans of his video series invited him to Nashville Tennessee where for a few months Rory really felt he could make it work. The fresh air and country surround remained him of home, a relaxing environment where one could contemplate and plan for the future.

His time spent in Nashville was one of his happiest experiences in the US, the peace and tranquillity living in the suburbs brought back fond memories of Ireland and home. Returning home for the seasonal break and seeing his ancestral home vacant and in need of repair, Rory felt inspired to bring his craft back to his roots and continue a family tradition that had spanned two hundred years and five generations.


The Handcraft Tailor Academy opened its doors on August 1st 2016 welcoming students both National and International on a twelve week tailoring program. Students both as diverse in culture as they where in age, they came together and formed a bond through their love of tailoring that will stay with them throughout their careers.

If you would like to be apart of our tailor tradition, learn from a true Master Craftsman and follow your dreams to join the next generation of Handcraft Tailors then the Handcraft Tailor Academy is a great place to start. We hope to welcome you on one of our tailoring programs soon.


2017 Applicants

Applicants may apply for courses ranging from three days one to one sessions to twelve weeks workshop classes.
Regarding course payments: All transactions are final, any student unable to take the course at the allotted time can defer the course for a period up to 18 months.
For more information or inquires please submit the form below.