We were recently featured in Attorney At Law Magazine! Read our interview below:
AALM: Custom tailoring and creating custom clothing is quite a skilled craft. What led you to follow this career path?
Aladdin: Tailoring was a family trade that I grew up around. I started learning when I was just a little boy and developed my skills over time.
AALM: What are you most passionate about regarding custom clothing and tailoring?
Aladdin: The fit, details and craft smanship. These are the three elements that will make you feel and look your best. Having someone you can go to that has knowledge of these things, specifically a tailor, is essential.
AALM: What do feel stands your shop and your custom tailoring apart from all the rest?
Aladdin: We are very passionate about what we do. Ultimately, our No. 1 goal is to help customers look and feel their best, regardless of what they spend, their age, body type, etc. As tailors, we have expert knowledge of fit, color theory, physique, and garment construction that you won’t get with department stores. Our customers keep coming back because of our excellent customer service and our high-quality, unique products.
AALM: What type of training and education did you and your staff have to become a custom tailor?
Aladdin: As I mentioned before, it started for me as a family business. Vera, who is our tailor at the Biltmore shop, has studied in Italy and worked with top designers in New York. Kim, our tailor in Chandler, has been working for in this field for over 25 years. Miranda studied fashion design in L.A. and has her bachelor’s in theatre design and production with a focus in costume design.
AALM: Why do you feel it is important for your staff to be passionate about custom tailoring?
Aladdin: If they weren’t, I do not think we will get far. It takes a lot of effort and heart to work with a small business, and on top of that, this is a dying craft. The people who work here love what they do, and I think that shows in our products and our customer service. We are constantly learning from each other and sharing ideas to expand our own personal knowledge. Therefore, the more we know, the more we can teach our customers.
AALM: You offer to come to the client’s home or office to work with them. Why do you feel that is as important service for you to offer?
Aladdin: We started this service recently because we understand that time is precious. Everything is about convenience now. With the majority of our clients being businessmen and women, they are constantly on the go and work long hours. By offering an in-home or office visit, it’s an extension of our one-on-one customer service and we know our clients really appreciate it.
AALM: How long have you been in business in Arizona?
Aladdin: Almost 18 years. In October 2016, we expanded and opened up a second location at the Biltmore Fashion Park.
AALM: Do you tailor and create both men’s and women’s clothing?
Aladdin: Yes! We pride ourselves on being one of the few (if not the only) truly custom clothing boutique for women in the valley. Both locations offer full-service alterations and custom clothing services.
AALM: What is different about the clothes your shop offers and the big brand stores products?
Aladdin: After so many years in the business of tailoring, you find out what problems clients have with other suit brands. The suits we offer are cut in unique sizing and the fit is unlike anything else on the market. Our sizes start from size 30 all the way up to size 70. Most of our suits are full canvas, something most people don’t understand, but it plays a large role in the way you feel in the suit. When you wear a canvassed suit, it keeps you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. Over time, it will mold to your own unique body shape, creating a high-quality garment that will last you many, many years with proper care. With most off -the-rack suits, you get a fused interfacing. This is a sign of a lower-quality garment because over time, dry-cleaning will break down this fabric and create a bubbling effect on the suit. It also traps body heat in since it a synthetic material. Almost all other suit brands cut even sizing and follow standardized “ideal” measurements. However, most people do not match these measurements, and therefore have a hard time finding a suit that fits well. For those with a very slim frame, athletic body type, or other non-standard physique, if they want a great-fitting garment, they typically have to resort to custom clothing. When people come to Artful Tailoring, I like to tell my clients to “try it, don’t buy it.” Once they have one of our suits on, they will absolutely feel and see the difference for themselves. As for our accessories, we try to have things that no one else sells. We are a one-stop-shop for your unique wardrobe!
AALM: What do feel is the best bene fit for attorneys who wear your custom-tailored clothing?
Aladdin: In this line of work, first impressions are very important. A well-fitting suit and shirt can make a statement without saying a word. Clients and coworkers alike will have a greater trust in your professional abilities, and they will definitely appreciate the attention to detail. It shows you are prepared, and that you take your job seriously. Your clothes should not speak louder than you do! Distracting or ill-fitting clothes in the courtroom can say a lot to a judge and jury. It is a competitive industry, so it’s important to stand out in the right way. We guarantee you’ll receive compliments when you wear our garments!