Fits Like A Glove...

As a man who considers himself to be somewhat fashion conscious and who really enjoys the art of getting dressed there is one trade that I would love to be involved in, and that is the trade of Haberdashery or Tailoring for those who aren't familiar with the aformentioned word.  There have been times where some folks have asked me, "Why don't you wear your clothes bigger?"  To that I reply, "What's the point of knowing your size if you're going to wear your clothes too big?"  To me, there's absolutely nothing like wearing a suit, shirt, pants, or shoes that are an absolute perfect fit.  Clothing that is made custom for you is an absolutely amazing feeling.  If you're paying attention to your social media, you'll probably notice a few rising stars in the Haberdashery business such as Angel Ramos whose company Angel Bespoke can stake claim to putting together custom ensembles for many pro athletes including pro football player Brandon Marshall, who is always dressed to impress.  

 Angel Ramos, third from the left

Angel Ramos, third from the left

When deciding to get a custom suit or alterations done to something you already own, make sure that do your research first.  Many people can claim to put together something for you, but there's a difference between someone altering a shirt or pair of slacks and someone putting your personal stamp on it.  What do I mean by this?  Well to put it quite simple, there are some hacks out there.  There are shops that simply can't cut it and claim to be able to do things they aren't able to follow through on just like in any other business.  When you're paying good money to have something custom made or have something altered for a custom fit, you want to make sure your investment truly reflects you, what you want, and that your money isn't wasted.  A good tailor should be the type that measures twice and cuts once.  The majority of time, from what I know about the process, once you get something altered once, that's pretty much it, so it has to be right.  You can always cut away from the fabric, but I've never heard of adding on.  It would be a shame for you to get a custom shirt or blazer, only to try it on and see that the dimensions have been cut disproportionately.  It is an absolute dream of mine to be able to dive head first in this world and learn how to be an expert tailor.  To be able to have my pick of different textiles and fabrics and be able to use my own creativity to design and create my own clothing would simply be amazing.  I figured it would be perfect for me since I always see things that I like in stores or online, but always have ideas on how to change it for the better and create in a different color.  Also, with someone of my build, broad shoulders with long muscular arms, being able to find something that's colorful yet classy is always difficult for me.

 Brandon Marshall, The classy one...

Brandon Marshall, The classy one...

 Clothes are either in colors I don't like, fit my arms just right and is too small for my shoulders or the other way around.  Truth be told, it has long been a running thought about whether or not I could turn Haberdashery into a second career.  It's been something that I've looked into before but when several of my emails about being an apprentice in several local Tailor shops were ignored I kind of let the idea go.  What can I say, the bills have to be paid and a check needs to be earned.  But one day, hopefully the opporutnity may arise where I can dive into this world as a hobby if not a career.  I have no doubt it would fulfill a long running desire of mine and keep me busy with all the creative ideas I have when it comes to fashion.  All in all, nothing beats a tailored fit.  When your shirt, slacks, and blazer fit like a glove while making you look sleek and professional all at the same time, you'll feel like you need to be in a GQ spread all on your own.