Rory Duffy, a 25-year-old apprentice at Savile Row tailor Henry Poole, has won the annual Golden Shears competition for tailoring students and apprentices, sponsored by City of London Livery Company the Merchant Taylors’ Company.
Duffy’s frock coat in a navy and cream windowpane check was the winning design at a catwalk show held last week at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in the City of London. Duffy won a cheque for £2,000 and a set of Golden Shears.
His tailoring career began as a trainee apprentice with Irish tailor Joseph Martin in Sligo. He then studied handcraft tailoring at the London College of Fashion.
The Silver Shears runner-up prize and £1,500 was awarded to 28-year-old Paulo Nicodemi for his pleated tweed shooting jacket, plus twos and waistcoat. Andrea Michelle Nixon, 22, won the Rising Star Award and £1,000 for a women’s tailored jacket and skirt made from a hand-woven and dyed fabric.