Kathryn Sargent is founder and CEO of Kathryn Sargent Bespoke and is the world’s only Female Master Tailor. Discovered as a rising star during her fifteen-year career at Gieves & Hawkes of No.1 Savile Row, Kathryn rose to the position of Head Cutter, the first woman to do so in the entire history of Savile Row. Breaking tradition she offers tailoring for both men and women and splits her time between her Mayfair atelier on Brook Street and travelling with her US seasonal trunk shows and visiting clients internationally.
We caught up with Kathryn for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.
Mayfair naturally as that is where I have spent all my working life so far, learning and practising the craft of bespoke tailoring. The area is rich in character and is a destination for people seeking quality and craft which makes it totally appealing.
Favourite place for brunch:
Nopi, I adore Ottolenghi’s flavours and spices and the bright fresh feel of his restaurant stimulates the senses and compliments his delicious food.
Best coffee in London:
The Electric Coffee Company in Ealing, it’s in my neighbourhood and I am addicted to their fabulous brews and beans which are sourced from all over the world.
Favourite museum or gallery:
The V&A Museum, I have learnt so much from the exhibitions and talks that they put on around themes of art and design, and they have a fantastic historical costume archive which is always worth a research visit.
Tell us a secret:
Historically the tailors of Savile Row and the surrounding area developed a private language so that they could communicate without being understood by outsiders, for example a tailoress was called a ‘kipper’ so called because they would work in pairs to avoid unwanted advances from the men, there are many more funny words some of them are still used amongst the tailoring community today.
Favourite place to shop:
There are so many individual and unique shops in London, I love Lock & Co hatters in St. James they have a wonderful shop and I have decided to wear hats more this year as they can really complete an outfit and L. Cornelisson & Son in Bloomsbury, for art supplies I love to draw and I can’t resist stationery, one can easily get distracted amongst their paints and pencils.
Favourite place to find inspiration:
A walk along the River Thames is inspiring, I can clear my head and look at the wonderful city I live in from a different perspective.
Best London destination for a date:
Gunnersbury Park is a short walk from where I live and has a mixture of formal and informal gardens, it is great for a stroll or a Parkrun on a Saturday morning if I am feeling energetic. It contains the Rothschild home which has recently been turned into a museum, full of local treasures.
Favourite food market:
My Manchester based Sister in Law introduced me to street food as she has her own ice cream business called ‘Gingers Comfort Emporium’ , she is occasionally in London at various events, it has put street food on my radar and I like to venture down Whitecross Street when I am in the area to sample various offerings from the vans that are pitched there.
Your sanctuary in the city
The Third Space Gym in Soho, a workout there can get me moving and motivated for the day ahead.
What inspires you:
I have been fortunate to have been trained by some amazing talented craftsmen and women here in London and their hard work and dedication to the craft is a constant inspiration to me. I create garments for some wonderfully inspiring clients, I enjoy getting to know people from all walks of life and learning from them.
This season I am loving..
All the tailoring that women are wearing, I am so glad that we are embracing the suit and bringing into our everyday lives in our own unique contemporary way!
Kathryn Sargent Bespoke Atelier, 6 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 3D