Here are four points to consider when choosing the right tailor for you:
Think about what you really want but be open to advice. The best results always come from collaborative work. Always has, always will. The best tailoring serves to frame you, much like the frame around a piece of art. It is very important to know what you want (or at least have an inkling) so that when you pitch your idea to the tailor he or she has something to work with.
- Don't be afraid to 'shop around'. The process of finding the right tailor has so many variables. Great tailoring doesn't just come from the acquisition of body measures. The art of custom tailoring lies in the interpretation of measured data and, more importantly, the ability to bring to life what you have described. Tailoring (or at least great tailoring) is personal, intimate and nuanced. Don't underestimate the need to connect.
- Don't buy the label and don't be duped by a long history. Just because a company has been making suits since 1850 does not necessarily mean that it will be the right fit for you. A brand's story and heritage are important points to consider but keep your wits about you to ensure that they are delivering what you want. Sometimes it is worthwhile to ask yourself 'what is it exactly that I am buying?'
- Ask to try on garments. Almost nothing can be divined from merely talking about a suit or a jacket. Ask to try a sample on in your size. If something does not feel to your liking ask about it. Trying on garments is a essential in finding the right tailor for you.