Search

Newham College lecturers could be taking Savile Row to Manila

14:53 15 April 2014

Mark Higgins, left, and Riza Bulawin, centre, met with Victoria Townsend, right, from Newham College

Mark Higgins, left, and Riza Bulawin, centre, met with Victoria Townsend, right, from Newham College

Archant

Lecturers at Newham College are set to export a Savile Row style tailoring industry in the Philippines.

The College’s tailoring team recently submitted proposals for new bespoke tailoring courses to a leading fashion school in the capital, Manila.

Slim’s Fashion and Art School’s interest began last year after the government’s British Council told its owners about the College’s work with Savile Row tailoring companies.

Victoria Townsend, lecturer and bespoke tailor, spent a week in February visiting the school and finding out about the country’s industry.

She said: “We’re expecting to hear very soon the response to our proposals for a 24-week pilot course.

“The Philippines doesn’t have a significant bespoke menswear industry at present but there is strong demand for handcrafted clothes.

“Our courses, adapted for the school, could start an industry that in years from now could be a Savile Row for the country and the region.”

Victoria wrote proposals that included course design, teacher training, help in sourcing materials and equipment, and reviewing the courses.

The plan is for a Newham College lecturer to stay in the South East Asian country to help set up the course and to train local tutors.

In Manila, she met the school’s owners, Mark Higgins and his sister, Sandra Higgins, leading tutor, Riza Bulawin, local clothing manufacturers and representatives from the British Council and the UK embassy.

Mark Higgins received support from the British Council last year to visit London and Savile Row. He spent two days at the College reviewing how students are trained.

Chris Hall, Newham College’s fashion and tailoring training manager, said: “A leading fashion designer from the Far East came to Britain because of our world-wide reputation for bespoke menswear tailoring.

“There’s a lot of potential with this collaboration. It would be wonderful to see a course set up and an industry grow in Manila inspired in part by Newham College.”

Victoria is an industry expert working for award-winning tailors, Richard James. She teaches on the College’s bespoke tailoring programme and also represents the College in meetings with Savile Row Bespoke Association.

Newham College has worked with the Savile Row Bespoke Association since 2006 to provide trained tailoring apprentices. More than 40 of its ex-students work in Savile Row.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 19:16
Sanjay Singh outside the house in Barking Road where he rescued the family

A passer-by rescued a 10-year-old girl and her teenage brother when fire broke out in their home in east London—filling the house with toxic smoke.

Fire Brigade
Yesterday, 18:05
Madelaine Mattis with her daughter, Jamin (left)

Chances are you’ve spotted posters of girls giving it their all on exercise bikes triumphantly plastered around London.

London
Yesterday, 16:28
Thameslink was among the companies criticised for insufficient compensation of disrupted London commuters. (Pic by PA/John Stillwell)

London TravelWatch is demanding better compensation for train users affected by delays.

Commuter Watch
Yesterday, 15:30
Stephen Timms MP visits students at Newham College East Ham Campus

A mentoring scheme tackling youth joblessness across the borough has been praised by the Shadow Employment Minister.

Stephen Timms

Most read news

A new report is highly critical of local organisations across the county.

The Hollywood actor took on politicians and it was amazing.

Climbers are leaving a big mess on the world’s highest peak.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder