4. Dan: Old Coat from Family’s Closet
As the old saying goes: “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”.
You never know what you might find in the back of an old closet. If it’s just collecting dust, you might be able to take it to your tailor and give it a new life.
Some useful tailoring advice:
- There can be a vast difference in skill level, and attention to detail, from one tailor to another. Some are master garment-makers with decades of experience, others may have only taken a few sewing classes at the local community college. To find a trustworthy tailor in your area, check out user-review sites like Yelp and Citysearch to hear from people who have experienced the level of service first-hand.
- Once you find a tailor that does good work, build a relationship with him. Get to know him, so he can get to know you and how you like your clothes to fit. Bring him a coffee every once in a while and, more importantly, send him some business by recommending him to your friends.
- Like anything else, tailoring is not a perfect science, so manage your expectations. If you’re thinking a tailor can make a suit from H&M look like a suit from Tom Ford, you’re in for a disappointment. He’s a tailor, not a magician.
- Lastly, are you supposed to tip your tailor? I’ve always wondered about this, so I asked a few tailors. The common response was: “No, you don’t tip a professional”. You tip your delivery guy and doorman, but not your surgeon. A thoughtful birthday or christmas gift is a tasteful touch, though.
- Grey cashmere beanie by JCrew
- Green overcoat by Brooks Brothers (Vintage)
- Brown donegal tweed suit jacket by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Brown check plaid shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Burnt orange wide knit tie by Corneliani
- Brown American Bison Belt by Trafalgar
- Indigo denim jeans by JBrand
- Brown leather wingtips by Florsheim
It’s a popular topic, tailoring, and we certainly can’t cover it all in one post. If you have any specific questions, or any advice from your experience with tailoring, feel free to share in the comments below and we’ll do our best to reply.
FYI – we purposely left pricing out of this post, since it can vary from one location to another.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford
Check out more of his work at alexcrawfordphotography.com