Rory Duffy is a fifth-generation and Savile Row trained Master Tailor. Rory began his tailoring career at 19 apprenticing for a civil & military tailor on the west coast of Ireland, where he learnt to cut and make military uniforms.
After three years he emigrated to the UK and enrolled in the London College of Fashion’s Handcraft Tailor diploma course. Rory split his time between his college classes, an internship at Henry Poole & Co. as a coat maker’s assistant and training as a trouser maker with a West End Master Tailor on Berwick St.
By the time Rory completed his one-year diploma he was an accomplished trouser maker, supplying the houses of Savile Row with his creations through his master, Christopher Flourentzou. Finishing top of his class, Rory was offered a permanent position as a Coat Maker’s Apprentice under Paul Frearson with Savile Row’s founders Henry Poole.
While apprenticing at Henry Poole, Rory became their first apprentice to take first prize at the highly coveted Golden Shears Award. Later that year, the governors decided to reward Rory’s efforts by making him one of the youngest Master to an Apprentice in Savile Row’s two hundred year history.
After seven years of training and almost ten years of experience, Rory decided it was time to start a tailoring house of his own. In 2012 Rory founded his own company, Rory Duffy Handcraft Tailor, in New York City. His notoriety grew quickly, spurred on by his highly acclaimed video series The Making of a Coat on YouTube. It was an instant success. Never before had the veil been dropped on the making of a Savile Row suit. Orders and well-wishers flooded his contact page.
Not wanting to sacrifice quality over quantity, Rory struggled to keep up with the demand for his work. With clients travelling far and wide to meet with Rory, within a few short years he was selling suits coast to coast.
Rory's passion for teaching didn’t stop with his leaving Savile Row while living in NYC. Rory still made time for teaching eager students at the world-renowned fashion college, Parsons the New School.
While teaching as a part-time lecturer, Rory was selected to represent the college and invited to the White House by the former First Lady Michelle Obama and thanked him for his contribution to education.
It was this visit that stoked Rory's long-held vision to found a tailoring academy based on the trade school of old, The Tailor and Cutter Academy.
In 2016, Rory decided it was time for a change, and to follow his dreams. Returning to his ancestral home where his family had served the community as bespoke tailors for four generations, Rory founded his school The Handcraft Tailor Academy.
Novices and professionals from across the globe have passed through his doors learning the art of handcraft tailoring from a master in the trade.
Since the opening of his school, Rory has authored a book on cutting, Pattern Drafting for Bespoke Menswear, the Imperial System, which serves as manual for the tailoring industry.
His roots in military clothing are evident in his cutting style today, with an emphasis on waist suppression and broad shoulders. Starting his school gave Rory access to the talent he longed for when he operated his business in New York. Deciding that the time was right and the network of artisans in place Rory has stepped back into the tailoring sphere to offer his clients a service equalled to no other and a quality that defies expectations.