Being in the tailoring business, and having my business established in Thailand, in which the industry seem notorious, it could seem bias to you for me to write about what to look for in choosing a men’s tailor. Nonetheless, I am doing just that.
Why would you be going to a tailor in the first place? If I were you I would do that because I want my clothes to rest comfortably on me, accentuate the body features that flatter me, hide those that don’t, bring about my wholesomeness, leaves a good impression on others, be a decent sight for the beholder, and make me look good. That may be too much to ask for, but bespoke tailoring does just that.
Here is a simple guideline you can follow in choosing a men’s tailor:
Get yourself educated about the subject. As you begin to look for a tailor that is a resource for you to build up a formidable wardrobe, it would work to get yourself knowledgeable about tailor made clothes. When you begin to delve yourself into the world of custom made clothing, which is engaging, you start to notice the little intricacies, you may have not noticed before. You start to notice the fit of a jacket, the occasion the person is wearing a particular color, the boutonniere, etc. You also start to realize that, what you wear, and how you wear them, leaves an impression on others. Read books about tailor made clothes. There are a few good ones out there. Then get curious and start interacting with knowledgeable people at online community forums. Ask questions.
Looking for a Tailor. There are various ways you can search for an experienced tailor that would fit your preference. Here are a few I can suggest. Once you have engaged awhile on the online forums, you would notice few people who are really knowledgeable. You ask them where they get their clothes tailored and see if it fits your price range. Also, as you would, by now, have a foundation about tailoring and be noticing details all around you, ask the people you meet, whose clothes, cut or fit inspire you, of where they get their clothes tailor made. Another way is to do an online research. Look for websites that provide online tailoring services. Contrary to popular beliefs, ordering clothes online is possible. These would give clear instructions on how to measure. The instructions are not that hard to follow. Choose one that fits your budget and style needs.
Selecting a Tailor. Once you have done the above, you have narrowed yourself down to a handful of names. Get in communication with them either via visiting their establishment, phone or email. What you are actually doing is finding out if this is a person you can work with. Is the person ready to listen to you, to serve you or they seem uppity and in a hurry? Is there some way you can view their work? Through photographs, or work in process at their establishment? Are there any testimonials from other customers that you could read? What is the turnaround time? My suggestion is do not go for the 24-hour service. Making clothes in 24 hours is possible, but things done in a hurry may have some things overlooked. For a tight schedule person, that has an important appointment coming up, a 3 – 7 days time line is appropriate with at least 2 fittings. If you are ordering online, expect at least 3-4 weeks for the clothes to reach you, once you placed an order. Once you have gone through this process, you would come up with at least one or two names that you feel confident in working with. Start with placing a small order first. See if the tailor is available to handle your needs. See the quality and craftsmanship of the work. Does it reach your standard of satisfaction? Once you have gone through this process, you have found yourself a reliable tailor that would help you build a formidable wardrobe. Most tailors keep your measurements. So when you re-order, you would not need to be refitted again and you can order online or via email or phone.
Getting into the world of custom tailoring is fun and an enjoyable experience. You would also love the clothes that you help design that fits you perfectly and leaves a lasting impression. You would be proud of yourself, and now and then friends or even strangers would approach you to ask where you got it tailored from. Then it’s time for you to pay it forward and offer expert advice.