Hawthorne & Heaney at the BTBA


At the start of July each year the Benevolent Tailors’ Beneficiary Association Summer Ball comes knocking stylishly on London’s door and Hawthorne & Heaney was there this year to answer it’s call. The Summer Ball is the more informal of the two annual BTBA Balls, one might think that there would not be that much to see on a sartorial front; however this is not the case. As a meeting of the majority of Savile Row and its associates it is a great place to show off your wears with the cream of London’s Tailoring Community present.DSC_0019


The event is held at the beautiful Merchant Taylors’ Hall and guests include Tailors, Cutters, Fabric Merchants and of course Embroiderers as we were there!


The BTBA hosts these events in order to raise money to aid and award grants when necessary to anyone who has worked in British tailoring at any level for a period of ten years or more. It was formed from a merger of the British tailoring industry’s two oldest and most revered charities – the Master Tailors’ Benevolent Association (est. 1887) and the Tailors’ Benevolent Institute (est. 1861). It is also a great opportunity to celebrate the tailors who are moving up into a new stage of their careers as they receive their awards from Savile Row Bespoke.


Here are a few pictures to give you a flavour of the evening.

DSC_0248Kathryn Sargent, Chris Kerr and Andy Varnava

We can’t wait for the Winter Ball to come around so we can do it all again.



Hawthorne and Heaney at London Craft Week

IMG_3176So London Craft Week has got off with a bang with guns at Purdys and leather stamping at Mulberry. Hawthorne & Heaney could also be found at Kathryn Sargent Bespoke tailoring demonstrating the hand embroidery we use for them.



We were showing along side Harrison’s of Edinburgh who had their cloths available as well as Kathryn Sargent’s own in house staff. Demonstration a of cutting, drafting and stitching could be seen as the public were given an insiders view of a bespoke tailoring house. IMG_3192A big thank you to everyone who came down and took part in what will hopefully be the first in a new tradition in London.  It was a great opportunity to meet the public and great to see some of the embroidery you are doing yourselves such as this beautiful piece from Cathy Eliot.IMG_3184


Hawthorne and Heaney at the Golden Shears 2015

This time of year, one of the most prestigious awards for young aspiring tailors is awarded. As a steward of the Bespoke Tailors Benelovent Association, our director Claire Barrett attended this years event.  

The prize is awarded to the student who is considered to have produced the best tailored outfit with consideration given to fit, style and suitability. The students featured are all practising in the industry currently as the award has a particular emphasis on learning within the industry. The most respected and skilled tailors judge the competition, headed up by Chairman of the judges, Robert J Bright; with Jonathan Becker, Alan Bennett, Joe Morgan, Kathryn Sargent and Brigette Stepputtis as technical judges. These esteemed tailors represent the best the industry has to offer, working for companies such as Davis & Sons, Chittleborough & Morgan and Vivienne Westwood. Assisting the technical judges were the guest judges which, this year, comprised of Jodie Kidd, David Gandy, Betty Jackson CBE, Jennifer Saunders and Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE.

25 outfits were presented from which the three prizes were awarded.  Joe Holsgrove won the 2015 Golden Shears with Dionne Reeves taking the Silver Shears and Nuriya Kabirova winning the Rising Star award.  It is truly exciting to see the work of the future tailors, our congratulations to the winners, we can’t wait to see what next years competitors will produce.

Hawthorne & Heaney at London Craft Week

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2015 sees the launch of London’s newest industry festival, London Craft Week. Bringing together ancient arts with new talent in this week long festival which is founded on the ethos of making. From Glass blowers to Tailors and of course Embroiderers, united to show off their wares and skills.

“London has long had a Fashion Week and a Design Festival. From 2015, it will have the equivalent for the craft sector: London Craft Week. Featuring the artistic flair, painstaking skills and raw talent of exceptional craftsmanship and, as a result, attracting an ever-increasing quality and volume of collectors and customers.” Guy Salter, Chairman of London Craft Week

Click here for more details about how to get involved with London Craft Week

Today was the Launch event in anticipation for the week so here is a couple of photos from The Artworkers Guild with our Mayfair based friends:

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Keith Levett of Henry Poole, Livery Tailor

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Rachel Sydney and Kathryn Sargent of Kathryn Sargent Bespoke Tailoring 

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Patrick Grant of Norton and Sons  and Etautz

If you’d like to see us in action, we will be live monogramming during Kathryn Sargent’s cutting demonstration on 7th May 10-5 click here for details