Savile Row bespoke tailoring houses, Cad & The Dandy and Huntsman have come together to support the frontline NHS workers during this unprecedented health crisis. The Savile Row tailors will collectively be making medical-grade scrubs to order, helping make up for the current national shortfall required for key workers. The tailoring houses are set to produce and donate up to 200 sets a day, with currently over 1,000 orders from across the UK.
Working within the strict guidelines of the current lockdown, all participating staff are working on a volunteer basis, giving their time and expertise for free. The initiative originally began to raise funds for cloth and trimming before Easter with a target of £5,000, which was reached within six hours of the Just Giving page going live. The tailors have now raised their target to £10,000, while the cloth merchant Dugdale Bros & Co have recently donated 6 rolls of cloth, ensuring the production and number of garments delivered can be increased. Savile Row as a whole is dedicated to going above and beyond the tailors original commitment to support and aid the current crisis.
Creating the scrubs for the NHS comes as a welcome addition to many new services and initiatives from Savile Row, in response to the current lockdown measures across the UK. A number of the Savile Row occupiers including Gaziano & Girling have taken to social media scheduling live Q&A’s, while a number of the tailors are hosting virtual appointments alongside contactless deliveries. Those who offer Ready-to-Wear collections are continuing to run their online stores for clients, with promotions such as Richard James offering 30% off their S/S20 with 5% of proceeds going to the NHS.
Pierre Lagrange, Owner of Huntsman said of the initiative, ‘ It is wonderful to see our talented Huntsman tailors and cutters coming together and thinking of creative ways to work in support of our frontline workers. We have seen studies, kitchens and even children’s bedrooms turn into workshops in aid of the cause.”
James Sleater, Director of Cad & The Dandy added, ‘It’s great for us all to have a time to focus our efforts and more the better if it’s for the greater good. There is the uniqueness of the street being a collective and working together we can all safeguard our future.’
Cad & The Dandy and Huntsman continue to take orders for the NHS scrubs directly through direct messenger on instagram, donations can be made directly at Crowdfunding to Sew Scrubs for the NHS on JustGiving.