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LCFxScabal – Weaving the Future with Bespoke Tailoring students at LCF


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24 March 2017

Scabal, a globally renowned tailor and cloth merchant since 1938 has been working with LCF Bespoke Tailoring students for many years. From providing cloth donations, to offering expert guidance and advice to students in store – the relationship between LCF and Scabal continues to flourish, with the Weaving the Future collaboration.

After a recent visit to LCF to see what the students have been up to, Scabal interviewed students Emily Latham and James Eardley to discuss their journey with them. They identified Emily and James as students of the ‘future of tailoring’ and commissioned a short series of films to tell their stories and share their values, passion and skill.

Watch what Emily has to say about her work:

Learn more about James’ work:

James and Emily are both nominated for the prestigious Golden Shears award, presented twice each year to the leading tailoring student or apprentice.

Each entrant to the awards makes a tailored outfit for first stage judging by top bespoke tailors, and marks are awarded for technical skill – design, cutting and tailoring. The 25 entrants with the highest marks present their work at a gala catwalk show, to an audience of city, fashion, tailoring and education professionals at Merchant Taylors’ Hall. A panel of five VIP judges mark the garments for style.

The Golden Shears and £3000 are awarded to the entrant with the highest total of marks in both stages of the competition. The runner-up receives Silver Shears and £2500, and a ‘Rising Star’ wins Silver Shears and £2000. Stay tuned to the blog to find out how James and Emily do in the competition.

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