It is a common saying that “A dog is a man’s bestfriend,” but one might wonder what is a gentle-man’s best friend? Well that is an easy pick, this friend will also heed to your every command and protect you from any threat of ill-fitted clothing. But you feed this friend steady amounts of “Benjamins & Franklins” instead of “Kibble & Bits”, and you want to keep him close because he is loyal. If you haven’t figured by now a well experienced Tailor is the one person that every gentleman should have an stablished relationship with. This one person has the ability to change your life because he will keep you looking good, and when you look good you feel good, and when you’re constantly feeling good it builds your self-esteem and level of confidence (as long as it doesn’t turn into arrogance, stay humble).
The term varies throughout different parts of the world, whether it be Bespoke in London’s famed Saville Row, or custom clothing in Bangkok, no matter the location the idea is the same. This idea originated, once again, in thirteenth century Europe where tailoring was a trade and tailoring “guilds” or houses were sprinkled throughout settlements. Tailoring became more popular and a nesseccity as the renaissance (not Harlem) approached and the midevil state of mind was being pushed away. Instead of loose fitting robes made out of single sheets of fabric, clothing was being countured to the body(the womans body most often), which required many cuts of the fabric sewn together to give the image of one continuous sheet. This demand transformed tailioring from a trade to a skillfull art of labor, which only a few knew. As these settlements became towns, then cities, then states, and then empires, well-tailored clothing became unanimous with wealth, power, and class. Spain, Italy, and France all had their reign as the tailoring capitol of Europe, and England was forced to watch the throne(wink wink) until early eightenth century when it finally had it’s chance. In England, tailors practiced actually crafting and molding the fabric without exactly replicating the form of the body. This was a breakthrough, the tailor could make husky customers look thinner, shorter customers look taller, and the list goes on, all from mastering the different techniques of particular cuts and distinct placements of the fabric. Of course these same ideals travelled from Europe to the “New World,” and were incorporated into the daily lives of the new settlers. Again in America settlements turned to cities, cities to states and so forth, adding the industrial revolution increased the textile market over night.
Local tailors are the most accessible, they often have store or shops the base their business out of. There are some tailors that travel, who have clients in various places, but with the advancement of technology, you now have e-tailors or cyber-tailors. This is where you can take your own measurments, take a picture of a fabric(or choose from their online catalog of fabrics), then have that tailor create the garment you requested, and ship it to your home. The former options of tailoring are very expensive, so unless you are able to afford it don’t waste your time. Like myself, you should research and find a reliable e-tailor. E-tailors often create garments of quality with a fraction of the cost that local tailors ask.
I will say this in closing, if you’re financially able I personally recommend acquireing a local tailor and building a relationship with them. The art of tailoring is dying because of e-tailors, and some tailors may not be savvy enough to create an online based clientel. I myself will become a master-tailor, but I will offer custom clothing both locally and online. The human interaction and experience you receive from local tailors can’t be achieved through the internet, nor the accessibility. At the end of the day it is your choice to make, whichever one that is, all I require is that you look good.