Wow! I am truly blown away by the amount of emails we’ve received in such a short time since we posted our new “The Bearded Man Speaks” section. Reading through the pages of emails I noticed a pattern (no pun intended) everyone wants to be a designer huh? Is anyone interested in being a tailor, becoming a pattern maker or owning a factory? If you really want to penetrate the fashion industry and last, why not train in the craft of tailoring? Plan ahead. When all the great tailors move on to retirement, who will replace them? Not only will you have plenty of aspiring designers to sew for, you’ll be employed longer than many of them. The culture of tailoring is one that does not exist in urban American culture enough to inspire young Americans to aspire to be skilled tailors.
As described by Wikipedia: A tailor is a person whose occupation is to sew and scissor menswear style jackets and the skirts or trousers that go with them. Although the term dates to the thirteenth century, tailoring took on its modern sense in the late eighteenth century, and now refers to makers of men’s and women’s suits, coats, trousers, and similar garments, usually of wool, linen, or silk. The term refers to a set of specific hand and machine sewing and pressing techniques that are unique to the construction of traditional jackets. Retailers of tailored suits often take their services internationally, traveling to various cities, allowing the client to be measured locally. Traditional tailoring is called “bespoke tailoring” in the United Kingdom, where the heart of the trade is in London’s Savile Row, and custom tailoring in the United States and Hong Kong. This is unlike made to measure which uses pre-existing patterns. A bespoke garment or suit is completely original and unique to each customer.
G. Bruce Boyer, author and former Fashion Editor at GQ and Esquire explains:
In this age of the shoddy and the quick, the vulgar and the mass-consumed, tailors can still be counted on to champion uniqueness and quality. It is the hallmark of their tradition. Today, skilled tailors can be found in Rome as well as Richmond, VA, Paris, Pittsburgh, Hong Kong, Kansas City, Rio and Dallas — as well of course as Milan, London, and New York. They are the fitters and pattern drafters, preservers of the handmade buttonholes, the cutters of the fine worsted and cashmere and heathery tweed. They are all standing in the long shadow of tradition and craftsmanship that is the art of tailoring. Just wanted to touch on that a bit and will follow up with answering, of course reading them first, all your questions as they apply to the times and situation. RPD (Respect, Passion and Discipline). Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
A hundred year plan is no small feat, The Bearded Man . . .