A woman has become the first female master tailor to open her own store on Savile Row in Westminster.

Kathryn Sargent realised a long-held ambition when she opened the store, which shares her name, on the road synonymous with fine clothing around the world.

The 41-year-old, who in 2009 became the first woman in the history of Savile Row to achieve the prestigious position of Head Cutter, said: “I am delighted to be opening a shop on Savile Row.

"As a tailor it has been a long held ambition of mine, and throughout my career, I have upheld the excellent values of Savile Row.

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“I am thrilled to be making history, although for me being a woman is incidental, I am a tailor first and foremost.”

William Skinner, managing director of Dege & Skinner and chairman of Savile Row Bespoke Association, said: “It’s fitting that the first woman to be appointed as a Head Cutter on Savile Row is returning, to open a shop of her own and is testament to the continued appeal of Savile Row as the sartorial home of high quality, hand-crafted tailoring.”

The shop will be sister to Kathryn Sargent’s established store on nearby Brook Street, and tailors for both men and women.

Last year, clothing giants Abercrombie & Fitch were fined for carrying out work on a Grade II-listed building in Savile Row made famous by The Beatles’ roof-top gig.