Finding a tailor should not be as simple as searching on Google: “tailors near me”. If you do this without doing any additional homework, you could be in for an unpleasant first experience. The ultimate goal is to find a lifelong tailor who has an understanding of your style, preferences, and isn’t afraid to make suggestions of their own. After all, they are the professional and it’s in their best interest to make you look as good as they possibly can. I can’t stress it enough, taking time to find a trustworthy tailor who you can rely on for many years to come will be a worthwhile investment. Here are some tips to consider. As always, If you have any other specific questions or need clarification on any of the points I make, leave me a comment and I will respond as soon as I can!
#1 Do Some Research
Google and Yelp are a good place to start to see tailors in your area. This will give you the opportunity to see tailors close by, read some reviews, and check out some websites to see different shops/services offered. Your research shouldn’t stop here though. Ask some of your stylish friends or even local menswear shops for some suggestions. It’s always important to have a trusted opinion rather than just a few reviews on the internet that might be biased anyways.
#2 Test Them with Questions
Now that you’ve done some research and found someone worth talking to, I’d suggest giving them a quick call to ask a few questions. Something I’ve done in the past and have suggested to friends, is to ask them if they can shorten a jacket sleeve from the shoulder. This is arguably the most difficult alteration. If you get a confident answer, it’s likely they will be able to answer any of your questions with confidence.
#3 Test Their Work
If the tailor you’re talking to answers some questions correctly, it’s now time to hand over your entire wardrobe, right? Wrong! Bring in a pair of jeans or dress pants that you would like shortened and see how they do. This little test will not only be to see their performance, but also how they communicate, how the overall experience is, and to build some initial trust. When finding a custom tailor, you should never question trust, communication, or performance. Slowly building a relationship pays off in the long run and you need to start out small.
#4 Look Around the Shop
Check out the presentation around the shop. Is it clean? Does it display professionalism? If your clothing fell on the floor would you be disgusted? Seriously though, you should be impressed and get a good vibe based on the display of the shop. The presentation of the tailor’s shop will likely reflect the presentation of their work.
#5 Trust Your Gut
Last but not least, trust your gut. Your decision will ultimately come down to trust! If you talk to a few tailors and have a few pieces of clothing tailored by a few different options, I would bet you find a favorite out of the group. Tailors are kind of like barbers, once you find one that you like, you’ll always be able to go back to the same one. Make sure to continue building a level of trust with whoever you choose. The relationship will continue to grow and you’ll always trust that your wardrobe is in good hands.
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