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Senior Cutter Tristan Thorne trained in Menswear Fashion Design at the highly acclaimed London College of Fashion, before joining Dege & Skinner over ten years ago.

He's now a Senior Bespoke Cutter with experience of cutting civilian clothing, military uniforms, shooting and equestrian riding wear.

Tristan also oversees our regular Trunk Shows in Europe. All Trunk Show details are published on this website and also within our once a month email newsletter.

Leaving a lasting impression on his LCF tutor, Tristan has now been appointed as a ‘Journeyman’, part of The Master Certification Scheme of the Livery Companies of the City of London.

Award Ceremony

Tristan was awarded his Journeyman certificate by The Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor, Alderman Vincent Keaveny and The Master Merchant Taylor, Lady Harding at London's impressive Guildhall on 16th March 2022.

Alderman Keaveny was named the Square Mile’s 693rd Lord Mayor in 2021.

Recognising Trade Excellence

During the ceremony, as well as bespoke tailors like Tristan, more than 20 other trades were also recognised for their excellence. Trades such as Haberdashers, Carpenters, Masons, Spectacle Makers and Clockmakers.

The Master Certificate Scheme is designed to encourage career progression in areas of skills identified with City of London Livery Companies. Through this initiative, they’re acting in partnership with City & Guilds of London Institute to encourage the pursuit of excellence in vocational education and training.

For hundreds of years, the Livery Companies of the City of London have made an invaluable investment in the futures of their industries. Their experience and expertise have been inherited and developed by the modern Livery, a unique family with a common heritage of mutual respect and a desire to act in the best interests of the community.

The three levels of The Master Certification Scheme are:

Apprentice: an apprentice who has achieved a high standard.

Journeyman: qualified Craftsman or Professional who continues to excel in their trade.

Master: the list includes Director, Manager, Supervisor, Lecturer, Sole Proprietor and Experienced Craftsman, who are recognised as Masters in their craft by their peers.

The Livery companies of the City of London have played an integral part in the development of the city. So much so that even today, the activities of the various liveries are intertwined with the daily life of the Square Mile. Often beginning life in medieval times as a loose association of tradesman with similar interests. They grew into what were essentially trade bodies.

The liveries grew to become so important that if you wanted to work in a particular trade in the city then you needed to do your time. First as an apprentice learning your trade. Accountable to your master for many years before becoming a freeman of the city after the apprenticeship was completed. The companies governed who could trade. Membership of one was essential if you wanted to make your own way in life.

In 1516 the livery companies were given an order of preference by the Lord Mayor of the time. The precedence list was basically ordered around wealth and some of the companies were incredibly wealthy and powerful. At the time there were only 48 companies but the ranks have now grown to 108. Out of the original 48, a ‘Great 12’ was created. These were the 12 most powerful and influential companies in the City of London, controlling all sorts of aspects of daily life and trade.

The Merchant Taylors’, the relevant livery company for genuine bespoke tailors, were given their first Royal Charter by Edward III in 1327. Initially, an association of citizens who worked as Tailors and Linen Armourers. The company grew to such an extent that it controlled the tailoring trade. Linen Armourers made the padded tunics worn underneath suits of armour. These were important pieces of clothing in a City often at the heart of warfare. The Merchant Taylor’s Hall is on Threadneedle Street (quite appropriately) in the City of London.

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