Plenty of us have a preferred mechanic, GP, physio, barber, travel agent, insurance broker and so on. And once upon a time, pretty much everyone had a tailor too.
But with the massive upsurge in fast fashion over the last century, personal tailoring has become more aligned with haute living. It’s not essential, it’s a luxury. We won’t argue that, but these connotations also infer that tailoring is impractical.
But tailoring is anything but impractical. The way we see it, finding yourself a good tailor and investing in quality clothing is very pragmatic. Of course, they make you look great, but they can save you time and hassle, and can even save you money in the long-term.
Here are some pretty clear reasons why you should consider having some of your wardrobe tailored (and some less obvious ones too).
The word quality gets bandied around so much, but here’s what we actually mean by it: quality clothing looks better, feels better and lasts longer. That suit you picked up on the high street looks good for now, but one made by a good tailor will look great, fit better, and last for many years.
No matter what your personal tastes are, a tailor can help you completely realise your style goals. While they’re well in tune with the latest trends, the greatest thing about a top tailor is that they can help you achieve just about any look you want. As well as this, they can advise you on what will suit you best and look good for longer. A good tailor is a style consultant as well as a master craftsman.
The Client - Tailor Relationship
Once you visit a tailor for the first time you will have made an invaluable connection. He will quickly understand your style preferences and instinctively know what fits you best, and what styles will look good on you. It is important to find a tailor where you have a mutual understanding and feel completely at ease with his suggestions and advice. Your tailor will ultimately be responsible for not only how you look and feel but also for how others see you.
Save Time & Money
It’s like buying or building a property versus renting one. The latter may be cheaper and quicker in the short term, but over time it’s rarely worth your while. If you’re in a position to invest long term, you ought to do it. You can run out to the highstreet to buy whatever you need in relatively little time, but fast fashion isn’t built to last, and you certainly can’t bring your purchases back months or years later to be adjusted. It’s built to be replaced.
However, tailored clothing is an investment that pays off in both the short and long term. Sure, it takes time to make and fit just right, but once perfected, it will last for years and years without its lustre diminishing. And even if you gain or lose a few pounds as time passes, a good tailor will always be happy to readjust, refit or tidy up their own creations.
The Wider Network
A tailor worth his salt will know the right shops to visit for anything outside of their remit. At Marc Oliver, we would never claim to be experts on cobbling, leather craft or millinery for example, but we know just who to refer you to.
But even outside of the world of clothing, Savile Row tailors know a lot of influential people across a whole range of industries. It comes with the territory. To that end, a good relationship with your tailor can lead to strong personal and professional connections with a whole host of people. You really never know, that a newly tailored suit could lead you to a whole new place in your career.
Quality bespoke tailored clothing is more than just a treat, it’s a sound investment. When you’re ready to upgrade your wardrobe, consider a personal appointment with Marc Oliver. Welcome to Savile Row.