From the glitz and glamor of Seville Row in London, to the chaotic streets of Hanoi. The world has no shortage of tailor shops. So, for anyone looking to have a Bespoke suit made, it can be daunting. Who to trust, what to look for, how much to pay? All valid questions. And not easily answered. Few people know more about you than your Tailor. From weight gain/loss to major life events like weddings, your Tailor will be part of your most intimate moments. So here we give you a few tips on how to choose a great tailor.
Unwavering Passion for Tailoring
At the base of tailoring is passion. Tailors are the silent heroes of fashion. Behind every great suit, brand, or celebrity is a brilliant tailor. This industry is about passion. Passion for people. And you want a tailor that exudes that love and passion. They should be excited to see you. To work with you. They should have a wealth of knowledge about fabrics, trimmings, and accessories. Granted, you as a layman might not know these things but that’s what your tailor is for.
Unfortunately, seeing the passion of a tailor will take a bit of time on your part. Over time, a tailor’s true passion will reveal itself and will benefit you in the long run. Be sure to ask them questions. This is the easiest way to learn if your tailor knows what he’s talking about. Tell them something outrageous. Like you want to have a three-piece suit made of all silk for traveling. Can that be made, yes. Is it smart? No. And your tailor should give you better fabric options almost instantly. Your tailor’s purpose shouldn’t be to sell you the most expensive suit they can. It should be to sell you the best suit for your purposes.
Cleanliness is A Virtue
If you went into a restaurant and saw napkins on the floor, dirty plates on empty tables, or bugs would you eat there? I didn’t think so. The same can be said of a tailor. If you visit a shop and you find pieces of cut fabric on the floor, dirty displays, and general disorder, walk away immediately. If your tailor isn’t wearing a nicely cut outfit themselves, walk away. A clean and well-lit shop tells you that your tailor cares about presentation. A tailor that wears what he sells takes pride in his craft. This is the person you want helping develop your Bespoke look.
An Attention to Detail
Great tailors don’t make glaring mistakes. We’re all human, and things happen. But the tailor for you isn’t someone that leaves strings uncut. They have to notice what the average person doesn’t. The small details are what makes an amazing Bespoke suit. If possible, ask them to show you a recently finished piece. A great tailor won’t have any problem with this. Check the seams and areas around the buttons for discrepancies’. Tailors take pride in their work and in turn take pride in your appearance. Down to the last stitch.
Recommendation of Alterations
No matter what you ask for, your tailor should recommend more. Not just to make an extra dollar, but because they see the need for additional alterations. If you’ve gained weight and your pants are too tight, you’ll likely ask to have them let out a bit. But a tailor knows that someone doesn’t gain weight in one area. Your entire suit needs to be slightly modified to fit perfectly again.
If this is your first suit, a quality tailor will recommend stylistic choices like different buttons, pocket designs, or even accessories. Your tailor is also your stylist.
These are just a few general tips to get you going in the right direction. Choosing a tailor is one of life’s most enjoyable processes. Have fun. And embrace the world of Bespoke fashion. If you fully invest in this lifestyle, you won’t regret it.