Local tailors benefit from Savile Row Academy training
Port of Spain, 26th February 2019: On Friday 22nd February, the Savile Row Academy’s Ultra Bespoke Tailoring Programme (UBTP) held a Principal’s Presentation to the Students and Student Portfolio Viewing at MIC’s Head Office in Macoya. The presentation, The Entrepreneurial Mindset – Developing Your Business for Long Term Prosperity, is one of the final events to close off the year-long programme.
Delivering the Principal’s address at the event was Professor Andrew Ramroop OBE, Founder of the Savile Row Academy, Master Tailor and Director of Maurice Sedwell, bespoke tailors of Savile Row. Ramroop has won awards and accolades such as the Mayor of London Trailblazer Award, Excellence Award, Chaconia Gold award, Institute of Directors Business Award and British Black Business Person of the year , to name just a few.
At the presentation, Ramroop explored various aspects of being a successful entrepreneur including being organized, servicing your customer, creating a mission statement, investing in people to list a few. Also speaking at the event was Mr. Esmonde Forde, MP for Tunapuna, who spoke on the importance of honing such remarkable talent as bespoke tailoring here in Trinidad and Tobago.
In March 2018, the Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Company Limited (FashionTT) alongside its parent company, the Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT), partnered with the MIC Institute of Technology (MIC-IT) and Savile Row Academy to commence the One Year Certificate Programme in Ultra Bespoke Tailoring.
At the launch in November 2017, CreativeTT Director, Dionne Mc Nicol Stephenson explained the importance of the programme to the local creative industry, particularly the fashion industry, “This lucrative avenue of training has never been implemented in Trinidad and Tobago and is a strategic addition to the education sector in the area of fashion. It’s coming is timely as the global menswear market is burgeoning and is surpassing in growth and demand in comparison to the female apparel market, according to recent research.”
Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry, had also expressed her support for the tailoring programme. “This project takes us one step further from our reliance on oil and gas and one step closer to honouring the talents of our creative sector, especially those within the fashion industry.”
The course included four modules: The Foundation Module covering bespoke principles; Pattern Drafting; Trousers and Waistcoats & Introduction to Jacket Making and Jacket Making. MIC-IT provided the workshop venue at its Macoya location and facilitated skills courses such as Introduction to Business Management, Communication, Life Skills, Textiles Science and Mathematics.
Lisa-Marie Daniel, General Manager of FashionTT, explained, “The economy will benefit in many ways through this programme; graduates of this programme will be better equipped to tap into the international men’s wear market which is currently growing at a much faster rate than women’s wear, according to recent research, thereby expanding market reach and increasing contribution to the Gross Domestic Product. By aligning with the famed Savile Row Academy, international consumers will have added confidence in local products and quality which in turn can lead to increased sales. Competitiveness on the international stage will lead to an increased foreign exchange.”