Carnaby x London College of Fashion: Taking tailoring talent to the next level

Shaftesbury, owners of the Carnaby destination in the heart of London’s West End, has announced it is joining forces with London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF) to offer two young tailors the opportunity of a lifetime.

Conceived by Shaftesbury, ‘Carnaby x London College of Fashion: Kingly Street Tailors’ will provide a physical incubation space for two LCF graduate tailors who have emerging businesses to help them establish themselves in the important early stages of their businesses. The studio space located in Kingly Street, Carnaby is the existing home to three floors of tailors who have historically made suits for rock ‘n’ roll royalty, film stars, TV personalities and some of the world’s most well-dressed men and women.

After the initial selection process, finalists presented their business plans to the judging panel consisting of Harold Tillman CBE, Mark Powell celebrity tailor, Tom Horne founder of menswear label L’Estrange and Sam Bain-Mollison, Head of Retail at Shaftesbury. Two winners were selected, Joshua Millard and Sarah Hollebon, and they will take up residency this summer in their new home on Kingly Street, in the heart of London’s Carnaby.

Joshua Millard born and raised on a sheep farm in Southern England graduated from London College of Fashion in Bespoke Tailoring in 2014. He designs a transitional wardrobe of longevity, tailoring and outerwear that last beyond fast trends. The brand places emphasis on quality of fabric and the majority of the collection consists of natural fibres which respect the environment and animal welfare. Joshua Millard works with lamb nappa and shearling, a bi-product which is ethically sourced across the UK and Europe.

Joshua Millard says, “I am really excited to be part of the Shaftesbury & LCF programme. To be working with such great mentors to help develop the business is an incredible opportunity.”

Sarah Hollebon graduated from London College of Fashion in 2018 with aspirations to expose and encourage understanding of social issues by merging tailoring, fashion, art and technology. Each sculptured piece is an evocative representation of a social issue or mental health condition, showing her innovative yet classic approach to tailoring.

Sarah Hollebon says, “I am elated and thrilled to be selected for this magnificent opportunity.”

In addition, LCF will provide a specialist programme of business support to help them every step of the way. The collaboration invests in the next generation of talent following in the footsteps of tailors such as Mark Powell, whose business has been in Carnaby for 30 years.

Fashion entrepreneur and LCF tailoring graduate of 1965, Harold Tillman CBE, will provide personal mentoring and a bursary towards the hire of necessary equipment for the graduates. Chair of The Ethical Fashion Forum and its platform CO, a business network for the fashion industry, Harold has been Head of heritage brands Jaeger and Aquascutum, and was Chairman of the British Fashion Council between 2008-2013.

Sam Bain-Mollison, Head of Retail at Shaftesbury says, “Shaftesbury is proud to support and nurture future talent in tailoring, a craftsmanship industry that is at the heart of Carnaby’s heritage. Shaftesbury is excited to work again with London College of Fashion, UAL which is world renowned for developing exciting designers and skilled master tailors.”

Linda Roberts, Director of Business & Innovation at London College of Fashion says, “London College of Fashion, UAL is a pioneer in fashion business support through its Centre for Fashion Enterprise, and we want to ensure a growing and sustainable creative industry to contribute to the UK economy. We are delighted to have this support from Shaftesbury in helping us to nurture our talented graduates in the early stages of establishing their businesses.”
Harold Tillman CBE says, “The tailoring skills taught to me by London College of Fashion have underpinned my career and I am looking forward to working with the young tailors of the future and imparting my knowledge to help them establish their businesses.”

Mark Powell says, “My style has always been about sharp tailoring mixed with street style. After 30 years of business in the heart of Soho it is great to work with the next generation of tailors.”

Tom Horne says, “The support and guidance of experienced mentors and advisors has been instrumental in the growth of L’Estrange from the very start so it’s exciting to be involved with raw creatives as they set out on the beginning of their careers.”

L-R: Joshua Millard’s winning collection // Judging panel; Mark Powell, Tom Horne, Sam Bain-Mollison and Harold Tillman CBE

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