A Patron is someone who agrees to lend their name to an organisation, as a way of supporting and promoting its cause.
Currently, TTHUF has one Patron:
Professor Andrew M Ramroop OBE
Born in Tunapuna, Trinidad, Andrew M Ramroop came to the UK in 1970 with ambitions of becoming a Savile Row tailor; he is now arguably the world’s finest tailor. Andrew has won more awards and accolades than any other tailor and is a member of the African American National Advisory Board at the prestigious Harvard University’s W E B Du Bois Institute. He was named Ambassador for the British government’s Business is Great Britain campaign in 2015/16 and Black British Business Person of 2017. As a graduate of the London College of Fashion, his skills became known by winning student competitions and completing the three-year degree in just two.
Andrew is a true craftsman, the only practicing tailor on Savile Row to be appointed Officer of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to tailoring and training. He also holds an honorary Professorship for Distinction in the Field of Tailoring from the University of the Arts London and a recipient of Trinidad and Tobago’s Chaconia Medal Gold in 2005.
Andrew’s business acumen proved itself during the early 90s; while many other shops on Savile Row were closing due to the recession, Andrew expanded Maurice Sedwell Ltd., into larger premises at their current location, 19 Savile Row. He took the business from less than 5% export to 75% export (2017). Maurice Sedwell ltd have tailored suits for customers in 60 countries.
Andrew is passionate about training the next generation of elite tailors. In January 2008 he inaugurated the Savile Row Academy, where he now passes on his immense skills, knowledge and experience to others who are eager to have a meaningful career in tailoring.