How to Find and Talk to a Great Tailor

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Make sure you do your research. |

The first step to finding a great tailor is to do your research, and lots of it. This is an area where asking around at your favorite local menswear shops, and asking for recommendations from your most stylish friends, will probably serve you better than relying on online reviews. But if your friends or local shops don’t have any helpful suggestions, you can find potential tailors online by searching for “tailor” and “alterations.” Always check out any available reviews online. Bonus points if there are positive reviews about custom menswear.

When you’re making a list of potential tailors, there are are a few you should cross off your list. For instance, skip the tailor who works with your local dry cleaner, since he probably isn’t quite as skilled as a tailor who has his own shop. And don’t rely on a department store tailor, who’s unlikely to take as much care with your clothes as a privately-owned tailor shop will.

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