Skills Case Study: Hirsch Tailoring

Skills Case Study: Hirsch Tailoring

“The team at Skills & Growth* helped me realise my aspiration of establishing a training centre to ensure bespoke tailoring skills are not lost, and to help mentor a new generation of aspiring tailors.” Brita Hirsch

Brita Hirsch is a master tailor and textile engineer with 30 years of experience, who worked in Germany’s equivalent of Savile Row, including even making a stage tail-coat for the late opera star Luciano Pavarotti.

Brita is passionate about retaining bespoke tailoring skills for future generations of bespoke tailors and has now established the UK’s first dedicated training centre to offer a Level 5 Diploma in Bespoke Tailoring, as a stand-alone qualification. The Tailoring Academy provides a complete training curriculum across all aspects of bespoke tailoring skills and techniques in a converted mill in Macclesfield.

In order to navigate through the complex procedural process of gaining accreditation to deliver full and part-time courses, we provided Brita with a wide range of specialist support to ensure she could meet all the necessary conditions and funding criteria. We also linked her with Macclesfield College so that further opportunities to collaborate could be explored.

Brita has also pioneered the re-introduction of Scottish reared merino wool and a 100% British production chain that helps retain skills through every stage of production, resulting in fine suiting cloth of the highest quality, called The Great Northern Cloth.

*Please note this case study was published before The Skills & Growth Company was brought back into the Council’s Economic Development Service.

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