Savile Row Master Tailor Kathryn Sargent and Head Cutter Alistair Nimmo
Photography: Roberto Ricciuti
“As a board member of the Savile Row Bespoke Association, I am committed to adhering to their founding principles of protecting and promoting the practices and traditions that have made Savile Row the home of the best bespoke tailoring in the world for more than two centuries. Savile Row Bespoke Tailoring refers to a set of tailoring quality standards, rather than the assumed geographical location, and relates to the methods used to craft tailored garments. It is therefore a delight to bring our knowledge and service to the wonderful City of Edinburgh, and embrace the unique cloths and varied styles of garments associated with Scotland.”
The shop will be under the day-to-day guidance of Alistair Nimmo, Head Cutter. Alistair trained with Kathryn over a number of years, holds a Savile Row Bespoke Diploma, and was born in Stirling. He said: “I’m proud to be heading up the Scottish arm of the business, it’s a natural fit with my personal heritage and professional passion for Scottish dress, deep knowledge of tartans, tweeds and ceremonial dress. Whether people want traditional Hogmanay dress or something more renegade in tartan, we can make it.
“As well as our numerous contacts with craftspeople and specialists in Scotland who will be supporting the business in terms of supply and manufacturing, we have tried where possible to support the local economy with the fit out of Howe Street. These include local tradespeople and artisans, such as signwriter Thomas Paints, Glasgow based textiles company Timorous Beasties who have hand printed our wonderful fitting room curtain, and Fine Artist Laura Gill has created a beautiful new artwork capturing Edinburgh in her unique style especially for our new location.”