Menswear

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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The Italian influence and shopping in Florence

A recent and informative StyleForum discussion thread takes a look at the in’s and out’s menswear shopping in Florence – primarily from the consumer’s point of view of course. I’ve never been to Florence (just to Milan). Florence, Rome and Milan, are considered the premier destinations for men’s clothing in Italy. For my next visit …

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Web marketing 101 for bespoke tailors

A few weeks ago I posted some advice to Darren Beaman, an independent tailor on Savile Row, on the StyleForum website. Mr. Beaman was seeking advice and help on improving his website. Here’s my advice in full form: I’ve done some internet/technology consulting and I find a common myth about websites is that you just …

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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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Bespoke tailors in Los Angeles

Using Flusser’s Style and the Man and the Robb Report’s list of top tailors as my guide, I discovered that there are at least three bespoke tailors of note in the Los Angeles area. They are (or were): Anthony Gasbarri Jack Taylor Giacomo Trabalza Unfortunately Mr. Gasbarri passed away in 2003. According to a Variety …

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