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London Couture in the Country

From Friday 03 March 2017
To Friday 10 March 2017
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March 3-10, 2017


Join Vogue pattern designer Kathryn Brenne and British couturier Jon Moore on a tour of London and the

New Forest of England. The trip will focus on the world of Couture and the English countryside.

Beginning in London, participants will attend a private lecture at the British Fashion Museum where we

will have an inside look into a collection of couture garments. This unique hands on experience will allow you to handle and have a close look into several historical couture pieces.  We will visit one of the best fabric shops in the world, which is known for its couture quality fabrics. Participants will receive a private tour of the store and have an opportunity to purchase one of a kind fabrics. 

As an introduction to British history we will have a private guided tour of the Tower of London, her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress. Today, the Tower of London houses the Crown Jewels, a tradition that dates back to the reign of King Henry VIII.

Participants will travel to the New Forest in a private coach with driver. Our trip from London to the New Forest will include a stop at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Wisley Gardens. These beautiful gardens cover 240 acres and include several glasshouses, an arboretum, a cafe and a restaurant.  The spring gardens should be in full bloom.

Upon arrival in the New Forest participants will stay at a manor house originally built in the early 1920s

during the Arts and Craft Period. The house has been fully restored and is situated on 17 acres with

lovely gardens. Participants will have full use of the house. Along with accommodations, participants can

enjoy the common rooms and pantry kitchen. Breakfast and lunch will be served daily. A self serve light supper will be available in the pantry kitchen on days when our activities do not provide the opportunity to have dinner. 

The newly constructed Sewing Studio will be our classroom from Monday to Thursday as students work on a Couture Bias Cut Silk Top project. Classes will run from 9am until 1am each day, leaving the afternoons free to explore the English countryside and New Forest.

Organized afternoon outings will include a tea party at the country home of Jon Moore, a walk in the New Forest with picnic, a visit to a 15th century country manor house and gardens and a final dinner at an award winning restaurant located on the water’s edge.


Tour Leaders

Jon Moore established his Couture business in London, England in 2002, making Couture clothes for a

small, select number of private clients. Jon now works from his quiet studio in The New Forest, creating

classic Couture clothes, for contemporary women with busy modern lives. Jon also teaches in Canada. He has has lectured in London at V&A and at Ryerson in Toronto.

Jon originally studied at Kingston University and on graduation in 1979, joined the design studio at Royal

Couturier, Hardy Amies. Jon worked at Hardy Amies for 22 years as Studio Assistant, Woman’s Wear

Designer, Couture Director and Design Director, a position he held for 5 years.

During his career Jon has had the privilege of working with and learning from some of the most

extraordinary and talented Couture fitters, seamstresses and tailors. It is these traditional Couture skills

that he is passionate about exploring and preserving for future generations, through his work and most

importantly though his teaching, workshops and lectures.


Kathryn Brenne is the owner of The Academy of fine Sewing & Design located in North Bay, Ontario. The

Academy is known for its professional instruction and attracts students from around the world.

Kathryn originally studied Fashion Design at Ryerson University in Toronto.

She is a prolific writer and designer and now works as a contributing editor and pattern designer for

Vogue Patterns/New York. Her unique sense of style and beautiful sewing techniques are highlighted in

her line of patterns for Vogue Patterns.







Our couture project will be a bias cut silk top with cap sleeve and draped neckline designed by British

couturier Jon Moore. Made from 100% silk satin in a choice of colours, the project will highlight couture

sewing techniques. Students will learn how to back the outer fabric with silk, hand finish seams and add

a weight to the neckline.



Participants will need to be in London by 9am on Friday, March 3, 2017. Activities will begin

Friday morning and commence with participants being transported back to Heathrow airport for 11am on

Friday, March 10, 2017. Please allow 3 hours to check in and claim VAT before departing on an

afternoon flight out of Heathrow airport.

For those participants joining us from the west coast of North America or anyone needing a day to adjust

to the time zone in England it is recommended that you consider arriving a day early. Anyone wishing to

combine the Couture in the Country trip with an extended stay in London can book extra night’s

accommodation at our London Hotel at the group rate.


Travel Documents

All participants will require a current passport with an expiry date of 3 months beyond the end of the tour.


Included in the Tour Price

• 2 nights double occupancy accommodation at a London 3 star hotel ideally situated close to our

London activities

• 5 nights shared accommodation at a New Forest Manor House

• breakfast each day

  • lunch each day at the Manor House
  • light self serve dinner in the pantry kitchen of the Manor House
  • tea party at the country home of Jon Moore
  • admission to Wisley Gardens
  • admission to Athelhampton House

• picnic in the New Forest

• last night’s celebratory dinner

• all admissions to group activities

• private lecture at the British Fashion Museum

• Blue Badge guided tour of the Tower of London

• group transportation via subway while in London

• transportation to the New Forest and return to London Heathrow airport via our private coach

• all fabrics and supplies required for the Couture project including silk, thread, backing fabric, pattern

and instruction booklet.  The sewing school is fully equipped with scissors, pins and all required supplies.

  • services of tour guides Jon Moore and Kathryn Brenne


 Not included in the Price:

• flight to and from London, all passport, luggage, excess baggage fees

• transportation from airport to our London hotel

• meals not outlined above, which include lunches/dinners in London, lunch at Wisley Gardens, some

dinners in the New Forest*

• alcoholic beverages during group meals

*Note: The manor house has a pantry kitchen, which will be supplied with modest snacks and light suppers for days when our afternoon activities do not provide an opportunity to dine out. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase alcoholic beverages from the pantry kitchen of the Manor House.






Tour price of $4899 Canadian(approximately $3645US at the current exchange rates) based on double occupancy

Current exchange rates will be used when deposits and payments are received.

Note: The tour is based on the current exchange rate of the Great British Pound. Should the exchange

rate of the GBP change significantly prior to the trip, there maybe a small increase in the cost of the trip.

Single occupancy is available in London at the rate of $275.

Although some single rooms are available at the Manor House in the New Forest we cannot guarantee

single occupancy. Several shared bathrooms are available for participant’s use along with vanity sinks in

many of the single bedrooms.



Deposits and Payment Schedule:

$500 will confirm your participation

$1466.33 deposit November 30, 2016

$1466.33 deposit December 30, 2016

$1466.33 balance January 20, 2017

Personal cheques preferred.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel prior to November 29, 2016 you will forfeit $500

If you cancel prior to January 15, 2017 you will forfeit $2000

If you cancel after January 20, 2017 up until departure you will forfeit all monies paid. This cancellation

policy is based on a room with double occupancy.

It is highly recommended that you purchase private cancellation insurance.


Travel Insurance:

It is highly recommended that you carry optional travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance.



Kathryn Brenne and Jon Moore assume no liability for injury, sickness, damage, loss, accident, delay

which may occur. We accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to sickness, weather,

strikes, war, acts of terrorism, flight delays, and baggage delay. All such losses or expenses will be

covered by the participant. I reserve the right to substitute a hotel of similar quality and make minor

changes to the itinerary. If I have to cancel the tour, a full refund will be given.


Couture in the Country 2017

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Enclose a non-refundable deposit cheque, money order or VISA/MC info made payable to The Academy of fine

Sewing & Design in the amount of $500. Personal cheques are preferred for the balance.

Forward registration to: The Academy of fine Sewing & Design, 50 Hazelton Lane, North Bay, Ontario, Canada P1B


Location : London, England
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Kathryn Brenne is available for private tuition!

If you or a group of friends would like to schedule an event at The Academy or another location please contact for rates and availability.

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