The Telegraph – March 2009

Savile Row apprentice wins the Golden Shears

Success for young tailor at catwalk competition in the City of London

BY HILARY ALEXANDER | 18 MARCH 2009

Rory Duffy, a former London College of Fashion tailoring student, has scissored his way to glittering success in the ‘Golden Shears’ contest, sponsored by the Merchant Taylors’ Company, which has a history dating back nearly 700 years.

Duffy’s award-winning design, shown at a catwalk show, at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, in the City of London, this week, comprised a frock-coat and kilt in navy and cream windowpane check.

Duffy, 25, who beat off competition from around the country, received a cheque for £2,000 and the coveted ‘Golden Shears’. The award was judged by a panel of experts, including David Furnish, Caryn Franklin and James Sherwood.

Duffy, from Monaghan, began his career as a trainee apprentice with Joseph Martin, in Sligo. He then undertook a one-year diploma in Handcraft Tailoring at the LCF. He spent his work experience at the Savile Row tailors, Henry Poole & Co., joining them as an apprentice in July, 2006.

The Merchant Taylors’ Company is one of the Great Twelve City Livery Companies. It was originally founded in 1327 as a religious and social fraternity for tailors and linen armourers (makers of the padded tunics worn under suits of armour). Today it devotes its energies to educational, charitable and social activities.

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