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Messina style: Elbow patches and quilted coats

During my recent trip to Sicily, the noteworthy thing was elbow patches. In Messina, I saw them everywhere from sport jackets in window displays to a customer’s jacket that a tailor (Epifanio) was working. Below are a few of those photos:         Epifanio working on a tweed jacket It’s also the season …

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Sicilian tailors: What’s next after the Neapolitans?

I came across this September 2010 Irish Times article on Sicilian tailors. The article makes an astonishing claim, which, if true, speaks to a wonderful sartorial state of affairs in existence half a century ago. In postwar Italy, the author of the article estimates there were approximately 100,000 tailors serving about 85 per cent of …

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MRketNY 2010: The business of menswear

MRketNY is a US menswear tradeshow featuring leading makers and suppliers of men’s clothing selling to independent stores and larger accounts. From my perspective it was a very well-organized show and bustling with appointments and foot traffic the day I visited.  I enjoyed visiting many of the booths and chatting with owners, sales reps and …

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Bespoke survey: Who will be your next tailor?

First, a very special thanks to everyone who responded to the bespoke survey I created earlier this year. If you haven’t filled it out yet, here’s the link to the survey and the related post. In the survey, I asked the following question: Which tailors are you most interested in commissioning a garment from but …

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