Meet the Maker: Savile Row's Woman Wunderkind

British tailor Kathryn Sargent makes dapper suits from scratch

Photographer: Daniel Shea for Bloomberg Pursuits; Grooming: Allie Smith using Chanel and Oribe

“My father would take me to his suit fittings on Savile Row as a child, and I fell in love with the idea that a perfectly made overcoat could transform you. I studied fashion design at the University of Creative Arts in London and got an apprenticeship with Gieves & Hawkes at No. 1 Savile Row. In 2009, I became the first female head cutter on Savile Row. I went out on my own in 2012. When I first meet with a client, we talk about lifestyle. Is the customer active? Does he plan to wear the item every day? These questions dictate fabric, stitching, and even color. The customer gets a say in every element, from the horn buttons to the thread in the lining. My goal is to create something timeless that you’ll own for the rest of your life.”

Two-piece suits start at $5,540, overcoats at $4,720; kathrynsargent.com

From left: A ladies' bespoke dinner suit jacket created for client Birgit Neu; a ladies' red tweed jacket inspired by a design created for Lady Courtenay. Both were featured in the exhibition "Savile Row and America: A Sartorial Special Relationship" at the British Ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C. in May.
From left: A ladies' bespoke dinner suit jacket created for client Birgit Neu; a ladies' red tweed jacket inspired by a design created for Lady Courtenay. Both were featured in the exhibition "Savile Row and America: A Sartorial Special Relationship" at the British Ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C. in May.
Source: Kathryn Sargent via Bloomberg
A lilac linen sports coat and wool check trousers featured in the "Savile Row and America" exhibition.
A lilac linen sports coat and wool check trousers featured in the "Savile Row and America" exhibition.
Photographer: Greg Kahn/Getty Images for The British Embassy
Sargent's sketch of a 1930s style suit.
Sargent's sketch of a 1930s style suit.
Source: Kathryn Sargent via Bloomberg
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