Who Can You Trust to Make Your Clothing?

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance”--Confucius.

There is no certification exam for tailors.  There is no license required.  Consumer Reports does not rate tailors.  Consequently, there is much misunderstanding of what it takes to be a “good tailor.” So, let me try to shed some light on the subject.

Tailoring, like any profession, involves expertise in several disciplines:

• Fabric — a tailor must understand the fibers, spinning, dyeing, weaving and finishing that makes one cloth or design different from another.
• Design—a tailor must understand that clothing is a sophisticated form of non-verbal communication and create a design (pattern) for a custom suit appropriate to the client. 
• Fit—a tailor must understand human anatomy and know how to adjust his pattern to disguise asymmetrical or disproportionate features of the client.
• Workmanship—a tailor must cut, baste, sew by hand, sew by machine and press so that the custom suit is “clean.”
• Alterations—a tailor must know how to correct his work when the design or cloth make-up has unexpected results or the client’s body changes.
• Communication—a tailor must engage in a meaningful dialogue with his client so that the expectations for the custom suit are clear to both.
• Business—a tailor must be skilled in business so that he qualifies for credit and delivers his products in a timely manner.

This is not a job for one man (or woman)! So what’s the answer? 

As in any other profession such as law or medicine-- a team of specialists.  You don’t have to meet them all, but the company you buy from should have them all—a fabric buyer, a designer, a master fitter, a coat maker, a vest maker, a trouser maker, a shirt maker, an alterations tailor, a customer service rep and a talented businessperson.

That's what you will find at Saint Laurie Merchant Tailors and it's the reason we've been around for 97 years.

Andy Kozinn
Saint Laurie Merchant Tailors
22 West 32nd Street, 5th Floor
New York NY 10001
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