Winner of the First Handcraft Tailor Scholarship Award Announced

After many months of hard work, some truly impressive entries and much deliberation from the panel of judges, the first ever winner of the Handcraft Tailor Scholarship Award has been selected!

We’d like to extend our sincere congratulations to Jakub Lipjanec from the University of South Wales, who has been chosen from the nine competition finalists to embark on a fully funded 12-week tailoring course in Monaghan, Ireland.

Coordinated by the Handcraft Tailor Academy – with support from Dugdale Bros & Co., The Textile Institute and ASBCI – the competition attracted an exceptionally high standard of entries from students across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Particular recognition must also be given to the four entrants highly commended by the judges – Anna O’Doherty, Louise Marchard and Hong Zhang from the Limerick School of Art & Design, and Joel Yip from the London College of Fashion.

The competition was certainly fierce, and all students who took part must be applauded for the time, hard work and dedication they clearly put into their entries. Although in its first year, the interest surrounding the competition has been very exciting, and we’re looking forward to the next one already.

But before entries open for the 2019 award, Jakub will be commencing his summer training under the tutelage of Rory Duffy – the Handcraft Tailor. The intensive summer programme is an incomparable opportunity for Jakub, and the other students enrolled on the course, to learn essential hands-on skills and craftsmanship from a master of the tailoring trade.

Running from the beginning of June until the end of August, the course will cover pattern drafting, coat/jacket making and trouser making. Students will develop their handcrafting technique – using a needle and thimble – as well as their machine-sewing skills, and will have chance to put the pattern drafting knowledge they learn into practice too.

With classes taking place from Monday to Friday over the three-month period, the summer programme certainly won’t be a holiday for these budding tailors! But it’s sure to be an invaluable experience, and we wish Jakub and the rest of the students the best of luck as they take the next step in their burgeoning careers.

For further information about this year’s competition, please visit the Handcraft Tailor Scholarship Award website.