The human resources gap in men’s tailoring

There are two gaps actually: generational and geographical. The first gap is generational because the tailoring tradition has remained largely with the older generation as jobs and skills have migrated to “softer” more cognitive skills. Tailors are getting older and their replacements are virtually nowhere to be found. The second issue – the importing of …

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Why blogs will change your business – and why they may not

There is an odd quixotic character to blogging. On the one hand, it seems to have revolutionized the very idea of publishing – think easy, accessible self-publishing anytime and anywhere. Think about a world in which every competitor, every customer or every partner could publish whatever he or she wants about your business and more …

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The business behind blogging: Bespoke tailor sees sales lift

Here’s a merry statistic behind the buzz of blogs and the business they can potentially generate. According to fellow blogger Red Couch, Tom Mahon’s English Cut blog has created a 300% increase in new business in 10 weeks since posting his first blog entry at the beginning of 2005. The English Cut, if I’m not …

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Savile Row and the winds of change

I came across a blog that mentioned an interesting Evening Standard article on the real estate and business model issues of today’s Savile Row. There’s no direct link to the ES website but the blog has links to the scanned article. Incidentally, the blogger in question is apparently one of Thomas Mahon’s friends/colleagues who convinced …

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Bespoke in Beverly Hills: A visit to Jack Taylor’s

Prior to my visit to his shop today, I only had a handful of references to Jack Taylor’s. Flusser’s entry in Style and the Man describes Taylor’s cut as “British-inspired, with narrow shoulders, shaped torso, slant pockets, and deep vents”. A recent article on Mr. Taylor in the Los Angeles Times Magazine. It was a …

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Robb Report’s list of top 10 US tailors

As a reference for those doing research on American bespoke tailors, I reproduce here the “best” US tailors from the August 2002 issue of the Robb Report: Joe Centofanti, Philadelphia Chris Despos, Chicago William Fioravanti, New York Christian Garcia, Coral Gables, Fla. Anthony Gasbarri, Los Angeles [passed away August 2003] Leonard Logsdail, New York Manuel …

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