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Carnaby x London College of Fashion: Taking tailoring talent to the next level

Shaftesbury, owners of the Carnaby destination in the heart of London’s West End, has announced it is joining forces with London College of FashionUAL (LCF) to offer two young tailors the opportunity of a lifetime.

Conceived by Shaftesbury, ‘Carnaby x London College of Fashion: Kingly Street Tailors’ will provide a physical incubation space for two LCF graduate tailors who have emerging businesses to help them establish themselves in the important early stages of their businesses.   The studio space located in Kingly Street, Carnaby is the existing home to three floors of tailors who have historically made suits for rock ‘n’ roll royalty, film stars, TV personalities and the most well-dressed men and women the world over.

After the initial selection process, finalists presented their business plans to the judging panel consisting of Harold Tillman CBEMark Powell celebrity tailor, Tom Horne founder of menswear label L’Estrange and Sam Bain-Mollison, Head of Retail at Shaftesbury.  Two winners were selected, Joshua Millard and Sarah Hollebon, and they will take up residency this summer in their new home on Kingly Street, in the heart of London’s Carnaby.

Joshua Millard born and raised on a sheep farm in Southern England graduated from London College of Fashion in Bespoke Tailoring in 2014. He designs a transitional wardrobe of longevity, tailoring and outerwear that last beyond fast trends.  The brand places emphasis on quality of fabric and the majority of the collection consists of natural fibres which respect the environment and animal welfare.   Joshua Millard works with lamb nappa and shearling, a bi-product which is ethically sourced across the UK and Europe. 

Joshua Millard says “I am really excited to be part of the Shaftesbury & LCF programme. To be working with such great mentors to help develop the business is an incredible opportunity”. 

Sarah Hollebon graduated from London College of Fashion in 2018 with aspirations to expose and encourage understanding of social issues by merging tailoring, fashion, art and technology.  Each sculptured piece is an evocative representation of a social issue or mental health condition, showing her innovative yet classic approach to tailoring.

Sarah Hollebon says “"I am elated and thrilled to be selected for this magnificent opportunity".

In addition, LCF will provide a specialist programme of business support to help them every step of the way.   The collaboration invests in the next generation of talent following in the footsteps of tailors such as Mark Powell, whose business has been in Carnaby for 30 years.

Fashion entrepreneur and LCF tailoring graduate of 1965, Harold Tillman CBE, will provide personal mentoring and a bursary towards the hire of necessary equipment for the graduates. Chair of The Ethical Fashion Forum and its platform CO, a business network for the fashion industry, Harold has been head of heritage brands Jaeger and Aquascutum, and was Chairman of the British Fashion Council between 2008-2013.

Sam Bain-Mollison, Head of Retail at Shaftesbury says, “Shaftesbury is proud to support and nurture future talent in tailoring, a craftsmanship industry that is at the heart of Carnaby’s heritage. Shaftesbury is excited to work again with London College of Fashion, UAL which is world renowned for developing exciting designers and skilled master tailors.”

Linda Roberts, Director of Business & Innovation at London College of Fashion says, "London College of Fashion, UAL is a pioneer in fashion business support through its Centre for Fashion Enterprise, and we want to ensure a growing and sustainable creative industry to contribute to the UK economy.  We are delighted to have this support from Shaftesbury in helping us to nurture our talented graduates in the early stages of establishing their businesses." 

Harold Tillman CBE says, “The tailoring skills taught to me by London College of Fashion have underpinned my career and I am looking forward to working with the young tailors of the future and imparting my knowledge to help them establish their businesses.”

Mark Powell says, “My style has always been about sharp tailoring mixed with street style.  After 30 years of business in the heart of Soho it is great to work with the next generation of tailors.”

Tom Horne says “The support and guidance of experienced mentors and advisors has been instrumental in the growth of L’Estrange from the very start so it’s exciting to be involved with raw creatives as they set out on the beginning of their careers.”

For further information please contact Bethan Harris at Sister London

T: 020 7287 9601

E: [email protected]

Notes to Editors

About Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury is a Real Estate Investment Trust which owns a portfolio extending to 15.1 acres in the heart of London's West End. Shaftesbury focuses on restaurants, leisure and retail in highly popular, sought-after and prosperous locations mainly concentrated in Carnaby, Seven Dials and Chinatown, together with substantial ownerships in East and West Covent Garden, Soho and Fitzrovia.

The portfolio comprises 599 shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs, extending to 1.1 million sq. ft., 0.5 million sq. ft. of offices and 599 apartments. All our properties are close to the main West End Underground stations, which currently handle c. 228m passengers p.a., and within ten minutes’ walk of the two West End transport hubs for the Elizabeth Line, at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street, which long-term projections indicate could be handling 200 million passengers annually.

In addition, we have a 50% interest in the Longmartin joint venture, which has a long leasehold interest, extending to 1.9 acres, in St Martin's Courtyard in Covent Garden.

Our proven management strategy is to create and foster distinctive, attractive and prosperous locations. We have an experienced management team focused on delivering our objective of long-term growth in rental income, capital values and shareholder returns. We have a strong balance sheet with conservative leverage. 

About Carnaby

Carnaby is in the heart of London’s West End, where over 100 retail brands of quality and distinction and over 60 independent restaurants, cafes and bars can be found across 14 streets, including the world famous Carnaby Street. Carnaby is a unique and iconic experiential shopping, dining and leisure destination.

www.carnaby.co.uk / @CarnabyLondon

About London College of Fashion, UAL

London College of Fashion, UAL is a world leader in fashion design, media and business education. In boundary-pushing research where fashion intersects with science, engineering, and technology, and in enterprise, where it partners with top brands and helps launch new businesses. It has been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion.

 LCF moves fashion forward, by looking beyond it. We partner with fashion’s most successful brands and labels – both high street and luxury. LCF graduates are in key positions across every dimension of the fashion industry, from established designers like Jimmy Choo OBE, Sophia Webster and JW Anderson to rising stars like Ryan Lo and respected entrepreneur and former Chairman of the British Fashion Council, Harold Tillman CBE as well as fashion journalists Melanie Rickey and Sarah Harris.

In 2022 LCF will be moving to a single site at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. There we will continue to do what we do today. Pioneer how we all consume and practice fashion. Use fashion design, business and media to shape culture, economics, and society.  And through fashion, shape lives.

University of the Arts London

London College of Fashion is part of University of the Arts London (UAL) - Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six distinctive and distinguished Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.